About Roxburgh (Central Otago)

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  • Roxburgh is a stunningly beautiful fruit growing hub and recreational paradise.

    Roxburgh is 30 minutes south of Alexandra in the Teviot Valley. It is flanked by rocky, tussock-clad high country and nestled on the mighty Clutha River. The Old Man Range and Mount Benger to the west are magnificent especially with a dusting of snow. The valley always looks spectacular whether in full spring blossom or blanketed in autumn’s golden and red hues.

    Roxburgh Accommodation

    Accommodation options in Roxburgh include budget accommodation (backpackers & holiday parks), motels, bed & breakfast and luxury lodge accommodation. The stunning landscape of the surrounding Central Otago region make Roxburgh a unique holiday destination.

    Roxburgh (Central Otago) Cycle Trails

    The Roxburgh Gorge Trail will be a spectacular one-day ride between Alexandra and the Roxburgh Dam along the Clutha Mata-au River. Within a short distance from Alexandra the trail heads into the gorge. Along the trail are old schist huts built into the rock by Chinese miners and remains of two small mining settlements.The trail’s proximity to the Otago Central Rail Trail and the proposed Clutha Gold Trail will also ensure that visitors to the area will have the opportunity to experience even more of Central Otago’s unique scenery.

    Clutha Gold Trail (planned)

    The Clutha Gold Trail will offer a unique heritage experience along the mighty Clutha Mata-au River then through the Beaumont Gorge, branching off into the verdant valleys of the historic gold mining town of Lawrence.

    To enhance the experience, stories showcasing the area’s history of early Maori moa hunters, Chinese gold miners, European pastoral farming, mining and rail histories, as well as updates on local orchards, and arts and culture will be provided.

    The trail forms part of an extensive network of Great Rides in Otago and, once the trail is completed, is intended to link directly with the well known Otago Central Rail Trail via the Roxburgh Gorge Trail which will follow along the true right bank of Lake Roxburgh to the Roxburgh Dam. It will be achievable for most fitness levels.

    Things to Do in Roxburgh

    Lake Onslow, the source of the Teviot River, is a spectacular drive inland to the east through rugged farm land. Take a swim or enter the Lake Onslow fishing competition.

    North of Roxburgh is the awesome Roxburgh Hydro Dam, lake and village. Built in the 1950s, the resulting lake has outstanding fishing and recreation opportunities. Trees surround a tranquil camping area and swimming spot at Pinders Pond on the east side of the Clutha River, just south of Roxburgh. The Teviot Museum provides a full journey into the area’s history and dam building period.

    A pleasant walk around the main township exposes historical buildings, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy one of New Zealand's 'world famous' Jimmy’s pies and visit the children’s playground opposite.

    Roxburgh is an excellent base for walking, four wheel drive and Central Otago cycle trails. An extensive brochure is available to guide you to lookouts, dam and mining interpretations, high country views, bridge crossings and picnic spots.

    With an outstanding natural golf course, several town mini walks and stunning vistas Roxburgh is not to be missed.

    Roxburgh History

    In the 1860s, gold miners ventured into the area and large dredging operations were soon in progress along the Clutha River. Roxburgh’s thriving fruit industry began in 1866 and now orchards welcome you to pick fruit straight from the tree or to purchase from roadside stalls.

    Self Drive Itineraries which include Central Otago:

  • Lower South Island Tourist Route
  • Self Drive New Zealand Touring Route
  • North South Island NZ Vacation
  • New Zealand Wine Lovers Tour
  • New Zealand Scenic Tour
  • Dunedin to Queenstown Tour
  • Lower South Island Tourist Route
  • New Zealand Classic Tourist Route

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