There is so much to do around Lake Roxburgh Lodge
WHERE THE TWO TRAILS MEET
Lake Roxburgh Village is where two of New Zealand’s most spectacular trails meet making the Lodge a must-do stopover.
Clutha Gold Trail - Bike It Now! cycle hire at the Lodge
An easy ride for all age groups between Lake Roxburgh Village and Lawrence, 73kms distant. You can plan to take 2 or 3 days to cover the entire trail, or just do bits of it. The trail follows the Clutha River – Mata au, where you can sit in the shade of a tree and enjoy Kim’s gourmet picnic. No matter which season you choose, this is a beautiful and fascinating trail with river views for most of the way, farmlands and forest, and gold mining and railway heritage. Autumn is a particularly special time. Low level fitness is required.
Bike It Now! cycle hire is available at Lake Roxburgh Lodge.
For trail information visit: www.nzcycletrail.com/clutha-gold-trail
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Roxburgh Gorge Trail – Bike It Now! cycle hire at the Lodge
A stunning one day journey in the Lake Roxburgh Gorge between Lake Roxburgh Village and Alexandra is for the more energetic. This is a spectacular cycling experience with historic mining relics, huts and hotels; mountainous thyme-covered terrain and stunning views of the turquoise lake below. The trail has semi-serious ups and downs in the gullies so good/intermediate-level fitness is required.
The journey is currently divided into three sections. Roxburgh Dam to Shingle Creek is 12km of formed track with a beautiful deep water delta at the confluence. A return journey is a popular option. Alexandra to Doctors Point is 10km of formed track and this too is a popular return journey for cyclists.
The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is linked between Shingle Creek and Doctors Point with a spectacular 12km historic sightseeing boat trip, with the facility to carry your bike, making this a “highlight” of the trail. You can book this ($95 per person) at Lake Roxburgh Lodge. Bike It Now! cycle hire is also available at the Lodge
A further extension to this beautiful Trail is to start at Clyde on the Millennium Track alongside the mighty Clutha River, joining the Roxburgh Gorge Trail at the Alexandra Bridge. Then continue to Lake Roxburgh Lodge via the above – a magnificent day trip!!!
For trail information visit: www.nzcycletrail.com/roxburgh-gorge-trail
Find a spot by the river to enjoy a sumptuous gourmet picnic from Kim’s kitchen. “Lunch” will never mean quite the same again.
World class fishing on our doorstep
The Clutha River is New Zealand’s second longest river, the fastest flowing and the highest volume of water. The Roxburgh section of the river, including Lake Roxburgh, holds brown trout and a small number of rainbow trout. It is not heavily fished.
Between late January and the end of the season, salmon move upstream and congregate in pools below Roxburgh dam, where they can be caught when using heavy spinning gear.
Lake Roxburgh can be accessed from a boat ramp at the dam, Alexandra or McKenzies Beach on the true left bank behind the dam – Phil will help you with directions.
Brown trout are also abundant in the peaty waters of Lake Onslow high in the hills 55kms from Lake Roxburgh Village.
For licensing, bag limit and other regulatory information visit: http://otago.fishandgame.org.nz
For other helpful information visit: www.nzfishing.com/FishingWaters/Otago/OTFishingWaters/OTClutha.htm
There is a small network of gentle tracks on the other side of Roxburgh dam. Wander through a pine forest and look out for native kowhai trees which flower in spring. The tracks have many vantage points from cliffs overlooking the Teviot Valley, river, lake and dam. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours. Low to moderate levels of fitness are required. Take one of Kim’s famous gourmet picnic baskets to enjoy on your walk.
Climb to the top of Old Man Range for spectacular views over the Teviot Valley and mountains. The track leaves a carpark located on a farm half way between the Lodge and Roxburgh township – it is signposted. You could return down Coal Creek Road which comes out on to SH8 opposite Lake Roxburgh Village. Allow 5 hours. Intermediate to high levels of fitness are required.
Boating on Lake Roxburgh is extremely popular for fishing, skiing or sightseeing. There is a boat ramp at the dam. Boat trips on the lake are available – please enquire.
Kayak the long lake – kayak and gear hire at the Lodge
Kayaking is a great fun way to explore the lake. You can put in at the boat ramp on the dam. There are two islands, craggy schist rock cliffs and caves, and McKenzies Beach to visit. Alternatively, for the big adventure launch at Alexandra and kayak down to the dam (a 30km day trip). Kayak and life jacket hire, and a shuttle drop-off/pick-up service is available at Lake Roxburgh Lodge.
Rock climbing at Commissioner’s Track
There are five established sports climbs suitable for beginners through to basic grades. The longest climb is about 30 metres with easy access to top roping. Experience is essential. BYO gear.
No trip to the village would be complete without taking a look at the mighty Roxburgh dam. Opened in 1957 it is still one of the largest producers of electricity in New Zealand with 320 megawatts of generation. The best time to visit is when the floodgates are open – the sight and sound are awe inspiring.
Roxburgh fruit is famous, especially our “world’s best” apricots. There are two roadside fruit stalls within easy walking distance of the Lodge. Kim’s favourites are the Newcastle and Moorpark apricots (January-February), all kinds of sweet cherries (December-January) and White Lady peaches (February). Look out for Black Boy peaches as well – they are so juicy and sweet! Other local fruits include apples, pears, plums and nectarines.
A seven minute drive down SH8 takes you to Roxburgh, a small but busy town of around 600 residents. There is a good selection of shops, several historic churches, an 18-hole golf course, walking tracks and museum (open Sunday afternoons).