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In Pictures - The Clutha Gold Trail

Visuals of NZ's Newly Extended 135km Great Ride

Clutha Gold Trail, Lake Waihola
Will Nelson

Connecting from the Roxburgh Gorge Trail to the Clutha Gold Trail is as simple as crossing the Roxburgh Hydro Dam.

From the start of the trail at the Dam, its 9.5km to Roxburgh. Cross the bridge to find a great selection of cafes in town.

Roxburgh is a perfect break for coffee, lunch or to stay the night. Check out 103 The Store for great food & coffee or the world-famous Jimmy's Pies!

From Roxburgh Dam, the trail follows the river for about 50km all the way to Beaumont.

The historic Horseshoe Bend footbridge is a must-see, and just a short walk from the trail.

Another bridge - the iconic blue bridge over the Clutha River at Miller's Flat.

The trail is graded easy to moderate (grade 1-2) although there are some gentle climbs and sharp corners.

The trail can be ridden year-round...

....and with a generally smooth and wide surface, it's suitable for most beginners and families.

There are lots of great picnic spots for families along the trail. [Photo: James Hustler | Southern Way].

Gabriel's Gully

The discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully by Gabriel Read in May 1861 was the start of the Central Otago goldrush. The 4km detour (approx 20mins ride time) from Lawrence to explore the heritage site is one of the highlights of the trail. Click below to find out more.

It's a 14km ride from Lawrence to Waitahuna where you'll find the refurbished railway station....

....and coffee!

From Waitahuna the trail follows the route of the old railway through rolling countryside...

...and includes two old railway tunnels (so bringing a head torch is a good idea)!

Lush woodland glades are a unique characteristic of this Otago trail.

The trail passes over and under an old railway viaduct on the way to Mount Stuart Reserve.

Old railway cuttings make for a great cycle trail gradient!

Crossing another bridge, this time approaching Milton.

Forte Cafe in Milton is a welcome coffee or lunch stop.

The spectacular boardwalk section around Lake Waihola and the wetlands.

Lake Waihola is one of the trail highlights.

Fish and chips on Lake Waihola is the perfect conclusion to the Clutha Gold Trail!

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