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73 KM | Grade 1-2 |  1-3 Days

Open year-round, this smooth and wide, well-formed trail requires moderate fitness. Whether you walk it or ride it, this trail is full of variety – from undulating to flat to meandering; there is a journey of discovery around every corner.

No matter which end you start, this trail offers a real rural heartland experience combined with a wealth of gold mining history.  

You will get the sense there are many adventurous souls who have travelled this path before – Maori, the pioneering run holders, the miners and the Chinese.

Be immersed in a tapestry of diverse landscapes from seductively rugged semi-arid dry lands through to lush green contoured farmlands. Almost two thirds of the trail travels alongside the powerful Clutha Mata Au River and its distinctive turquoise colour. And then most of all there are genuinely friendly communities who will take the time to say hello.

The Clutha Gold Trail will take you on a journey of discovery, offering a unique heritage experience set within diverse and stunning landscapes, and with the trails proximity to the Otago Central Rail Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail you will have the opportunity to experience even more of Central Otago’s unique scenery and hospitality.

Learn more, and plan your ride below; or visit

Clutha Gold Trail Sections

Clutha Gold Trail Map

The Clutha Gold Trail can be cycled or walked from either direction. Download the Map and Learn about the sections of the trail and how they can be enjoyed. 

Support the Clutha Gold Trail

The Clutha Gold Trail is managed by a charitable trust and donations are vital for trail maintenance. 

If you would like to support the Clutha Gold Trail, then you can purchase a trail pass which contributes to maintenance, or you can make a donation by clicking the button below.

The Trust is always striving to improve the trail experience, so if you’ve ridden the trail, please provide your thoughts and feedback by completing a trail survey. Thank you.

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