Clutha Canyon

Combine the mighty Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge trails into an action-packed 3 day adventure. These cycle trails offer fun riding through fantastic scenery and provide some insight into the history of Central Otago and New Zealand. You’ll follow in the footsteps of the early gold miners and take a jet boat through the central canyon of New Zealand's biggest river by volume. This bike tour includes the Lake Dunstan Trail, the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge cycle trails and is one of the best ways to experience New Zealand’s natural scenery.

Clutha Canyon Cycle Tour Highlights

  • An expedition through stunning scenery following the early gold miners – their stone huts remain in the steep canyon walls.
  • Cycle the highlights of 3 amazing cycle trails – Lake Dunstan, Clutha Gold and the Roxburgh Gorge.
  • Imagine what life was like for the early pioneers in this harsh landscape, while enjoying fabulous food, great cycling and lovely accommodation.
  • Enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride through the central gorge of New Zealand’s largest river
  • Vehicle supported with an experienced guide. We set you up on your bike, explain where to ride and let you enjoy the trails at your own pace.
  • All inclusive – all meals, accommodation, bikes and transport included in the price. Including the jet boat!


3 Days / 2 Nights

Start / Pick-up


Finish – Drop-off


See below for dates and prices



  • 3 days riding on the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge cycle trails.
  • 2 nights accommodation at a boutique country lodge with an excellent restaurant.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Queenstown and all transport on tour.
  • Your choice of a high performance e-bike, or mountain bike at no extra cost.
  • Jet boat ride through the Roxburgh Gorge.
  • Meals included:
    • Day 1: Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast and lunch
  • All meals are high quality made with fresh local produce. Lunches include either cafés or our famous make-your-own picnics.
  • Our expert local tour leaders provide insight and background on the areas you visit and show you how to use your bicycle and equipment.
  • Full vehicle support – in case you ever want to take a break from riding or skip a section.
  • Unlimited snacks – fresh fruit, nuts, muesli bars, sweets and chocolates!
  • Drinks breaks provided – selection of teas, plunger coffee, soft drinks, juice and water.


  • Any drinks (alcohol, soft drinks, teas or coffees) purchased in restaurants or cafés.

Clutha Canyon Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Pick-up from your accommodation in Queenstown. After a drive through the Kawerau Gorge, we start with a lovely ride around the edge of Lake Dunstan, stopping in at the historic precinct of Cromwell. We continue beside the river then transport you to your lodge accommodation for a fabulous dinner.
  • Day 2 – Ride the Clutha Gold cycle trail, stopping for a picnic or café lunch along the way (depending on the weather). This spectacular trail follows the aqua blue river through dramatic landscapes. We may have time for a scenic walk to a lookout before dinner at a lovely restaurant. In hot weather, you might enjoy a swim!
  • Day 3 – Today is a major highlight. From high above the dam, the cycle trail skirts along the walls of the Roxburgh Gorge. Take a jet boat ride through the central canyon then get back on your bike to finish at one of NZ’s most impressive feats of engineering – the Clyde dam. After a final lunch together, we deliver you back to Queenstown in the late afternoon.

* Please note this itinerary is indicative only and subject to change depending on the conditions and group.

  • Choose between a high performance e-bike or a mountain bike or at no extra cost. Both are excellent but the e-bike is much easier!
  • Pick-up/drop-off from alternate locations can be arranged upon request. We attempt to accommodate all requests but depending on the location, this may involve additional cost.
  • Private bike tours can be arranged for groups. Price will be subject to availability of accommodation and number of people booking. Please let us know your dates and requirements.


Start DatePriceSingle SupplementStatus
04/02/2021 $1495 $250 Sold Out
11/11/2021 $1495 $250 Sold Out
25/11/2021 $1495 $250 Sold Out
09/12/2021 $1495 $250 Sold Out
13/01/2022 $1495 $250 Sold Out
20/01/2022 $1495 $250 Sold Out
27/01/2022 $1495 $250 Sold Out
17/02/2022 $1495 $250 2 places left
03/03/2022 $1495 $250 Sold Out
17/03/2022 $1495 $250 Sold Out
31/03/2022 $1495 $250 Sold Out
14/04/2022 $1495 $250 6 places left
21/04/2022 $1495 $250 Sold Out

Prices are per person and based on twin share (twin or double) room accommodation.
Individuals wanting a private room to themselves will be asked to pay a “Single Supplement”. 
Please note we require a minimum of 4 people booked to guarantee a departure. 
Prices are in NZD and include GST.

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