Enjoy a beautiful scenic tour of the South Island.
Bike tour the Lake Dunstan Trail and others in this wonderful part of the country
Take an exhilarating break on the last day as you and the bikes enjoy a jet boat ride on the Clutha River
Discover a variety of landscapes along the way
Embark on a fantastic adventure with others through an incredible trail
Benefit from awesome boardwalks and pathways, allowing you to experience the natural wonders

Lake Dunstan Trail and 3 Gorges

5 days
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$1,942 USD

Explore the full Lake Dunstan, Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge trails at the perfect pace on this fully supported 5 day trip. After warming up on the stunning Queenstown Trails you will head to Lake Dunstan and follow the glistening lake's edge to Cromwell. From here you will explore the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and wine country of Bannockburn through to the charming town of Clyde.

  • Category
    Trail Riding
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    130.5 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    26.1 miles
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The following days see you complete the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Trails as you 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 are delicious food & wine and ample opportunity to meet the locals.

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

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 the tour operator suggests 2-3 rides per week of 2-3 hours for the three months leading up to your trip. They 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.

Note that some departures are 'e-bike only' - this is marked on the dates page and participants will all be riding e-bikes exclusively. All other departures are a mixture of standard bikes and e-bikes if required.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Scenic Jet boat ride on the Clutha River
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Transport from Queenstown (return)
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories (2 guides on groups of 8 or more)
  • Wine tasting at a Central Otago vineyard
  • Rider fees paid to the Trail Trusts for ongoing maintenance and improvements
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available