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introductory to moderate

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Activities
  • 5 day cycle trail
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotel/motel
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$2395NZD

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Trip Code: QCG

Trip highlights


  • Explore the stunning Queenstown Kelvin Heights & Arrow River Bridges cycle trails
  • Cycle the full Lake Dunstan Trail on this stunningly engineered trail
  • Dine at a boutique winery
  • Ride the Clyde to Alexandra River Trail
  • Follow NZ’s mightiest river on the Clutha Gold & Roxburgh Gorge Trails
  • Experience a scenic jet boat transfer
  • Soak up the glittering history of towns such as Clyde, Ophir & Lawrence

Explore the full Lake Dunstan, Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge trails at the perfect pace on this fully supported trip.

After warming up on the stunning Queenstown Trails we head to Lake Dunstan and follow the glistening lake's edge to Cromwell. From here we explore the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and wine country of Bannockburn through to the charming town of Clyde.

The following days see us complete the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Trails as we continue to explore Central Otago's rocky landscapes along the Clutha / Mata-au River.

Charming country towns and warm hospitality are all part of the package, as is delicious food & wine and ample opportunity to meet the locals.


After an early morning briefing in Queenstown we head to The Kelvin Heights Peninsula for our first ride on arguably the best of the Queenstown Trails. We start with a loop around the Queenstown Golf Course with stunning lake views and numerous sculptures. The lakeside trail then joins the Twin Rivers and Countryside Trails which take us through to Arrowtown in time for lunch. We then continue onto the Arrow River Bridges Ride which includes 2 spectacular suspension bridges. From the historic Kawarau Bridge, we join the Gibbston Valley Trail finishing our ride at one of the local wineries with time for a tasting. A drive through the picturesque Kawarau Gorge takes us to Cromwell where we’ll be based for the next 2 nights and where we’ll enjoy our first group dinner this evening. Cycling distance: 51km/32 miles

Meals:  D

Today is our first day of two on the new Lake Dunstan Trail. After breakfast we'll head to Smith's Way, following the glistening shores of Lake Dunstan to Cromwell Heritage Precinct. Here we’ll park up and explore the boutique galleries, stores, restaurants and cafes on offer. From the Precinct the trail follows the Kawarau arm of Lake Dunstan to the Bannockburn Bridge with more amazing vistas across the lake to the Bannockburn vineyards. This is the perfect stop for lunch and a wine tasting at a nearby boutique vineyard. This afternoon is yours to do whatever takes your fancy. Perhaps a scenic 5km walk along the Kawerau River Track, a visit to the Highlands Motorsport Park for some go-karting or relax at one of the local swimming holes. Dinner at your leisure tonight. Cycling distance: 21km/13 miles

Meals:  B,L

Today we rejoin the Lake Dunstan Trail which loops back and around the Bannockburn Inlet and continues toward Cornish Point, passing by vineyards and olive groves. The trail enters the stunning Cromwell Gorge where you’ll cycle around sheer rockfaces and over lake inlets on impressively engineered platforms and bridges rising above Lake Dunstan. Lake Dunstan was created from the damming of the mighty Clutha Mata-au River, New Zealand’s second longest river, and the trail passes the historically controversial hydroelectric Clyde Dam before finishing at the Red Bridge at Clyde. Our final ride today is on the Clyde to Alexandra River Trail, a delightful, mainly flat 10km ride along the bank of the Clutha River. We then drive back to Clyde with time to explore this small historic town. Cycling distance: 43km/27 miles

Meals:  B,L,D

Our Central Otago cycling adventure continues on the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail. The day begins with the drive to Lawrence, birthplace of the 1860s gold rush. After a wander around this delightful village, we’ll hop on our bikes for the gentle climb up to the 434m-long Big Tunnel. Downhill at Beaumont we’ll meet the mighty Clutha River once again. Be prepared to be captivated by its swirling, turquoise waters. Twenty scenic kilometres on through the scenic Beaumont Gorge, we’ll reach the small farming settlement of Millers Flat and then a final 14 kms through to Pinders Pond from where we’ll drive through to Lake Roxburgh Village and our lodge accommodation for the night. Cycling distance: 58km/36 miles

Meals:  B,L,D

We head back to Pinders Pond to continue our ride along the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail, past interesting riverside landmarks and deep into the orchard-lands of the Teviot Valley. The amazing Roxburgh hydro dam marks the end of the Clutha Gold Trail and the start of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. With amazing northerly vistas across the Lake Roxburgh the trail drops into the Gorge and then heads away from the water passing through a small secluded valley with regenerating Ka-nuka (tea tree) scrubland and into sweeping hill country farmland. At Elbow Creek, it’s a gradual descent to Shingle Creek, the halfway mark where we take a scenic jet boat ride for the next 10km to Doctor’s Point. The second half of the trail is equally remote and awe-inspiring with stone-walled water races and other remnants of gold mining activity. We continue tracing the gorge to finally emerge in Alexandra where we’ll enjoy a celebration drink before the drive back to Queenstown. Cycling distance: 37km/23 miles

Meals:  B,L

Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.



Inclusions

  • Tasty breakfasts (x4), lunch (x4), dinners (x3) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 4 nights comfortable motel/hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories (2 guides on groups of 8 or more)
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Scenic Jet boat ride on the Clutha River
  • Transport from Queenstown (return)
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


Accommodation


Bike information


Trail Surface


Grading

introductory to moderate  
2

The cycle trails on this trip are graded introductory-moderate. The trails are generally a good width with a compacted gravel trail surface but there can be exposure in places along the Gorges. Most of the trails are a gentle gradient, however there are a few hills and switchbacks. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 2-3 rides per week of 2-3 hours for the three months leading up to your trip. We recommend training on compacted gravel trails, and completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip to get used to being in the saddle for long periods of time. The more training you have done on hills and on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be.


Departure dates


Notes

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Total Priceper person from

$2395NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • Bike RentalNZD$170
  • Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departureNZD$450
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)NZD$500
*Prices listed are per person

Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Lake Dunstan Trail and 3 Gorges trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Trip reviews


Videos

Lake Dunstan Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail | Adventure South NZ

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