Travellers are spoilt for choice in New Zealand’s South Island, home to an array of iconic holiday destinations. Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wānaka, Lake Tekapo and many more famous towns and regions are scattered throughout the island. But nestled amongst these world-renowned locations are an abundance of small townships that offer their own unique scenic beauty and experiences. One of these is Roxburgh.
Located in Central Otago, Roxburgh is a small town enveloped in the lush countryside of the Teviot Valley. If your mind and body are craving reconnection with nature, this is the place to be. A vision of picturesque landscape, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do and see in Roxburgh.
Clutha Gold & Roxburgh Gorge Trails
Experience the exceptional natural beauty of the region firsthand with a hike or bike ride along the stunning trails dotted throughout the town, namely the Clutha Gold & Roxburgh Gorge trails. Winding through diverse terrains and offering incredible views of the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha River, this is a truly amazing way to experience the beauty of New Zealand’s landscape.
To complete the trails in their entirety is quite the mission. The Roxburgh Gorge Trail - the shorter of the two - spans around 34 kilometres and should take between 6 and 8 hours to complete on foot. The Clutha Gold Trail, on the other hand, is a 73-kilometre-long trail that takes around 2 - 3 days to conquer.
However, take your journey as far as you wish. Even a short hike through the trails will give you a glimpse of the stunning scenery.
Note: If you’re searching for Roxburgh accommodation, our TOP 10 Holiday Park is perched right by the trails for easy access!
Image sourced from @cluthagoldtrail, captured by @quentinclavel
For a shorter circuit that provides a fantastic snapshot of the region, take to the Commissioner’s Track. Taking around 30 minutes to complete, venture past the historic buildings and climb towards the Spillway Lookout for dazzling views. Extend your circuit to a 1-hour round trip by taking the Lakeview Lookout Track.
Along the way, step back in time with a visit to the charming Teviot Museum, built in 1872. Being the district’s first Methodist Church, the stone building is an ode to the gold rush period of the region in the 1800s.
Watersports & Picnic Spots
Pack a bag of snacks and treats - perhaps including some of the region’s own world-class fruits - and set up for a scenic picnic alongside Pinders Pond or Lake Roxburgh. During the summertime, take to the water for a number of recreational activities, including swimming, kayaking or fishing.
When you’re looking for a bite to eat, the famous Jimmy’s Pies is a must-visit at least once during your stay. Operating for over 50 years, the bakery offers 20 different types of delicious, freshly baked pies, from your traditional meat pies to sweet pies starring the region’s delicious fruits.
4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail
Attention all wine enthusiasts: this one’s for you! Soak up the Central Otago scenery as you stroll between four wineries. Enjoy the premium selection of regional wines, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. After your tasting, venture on foot through the pristine landscape to the next destination.
Note: The 4 Barrels Wine Trails are set to reopen in late December 2023, however, two of the wineries are currently open and you may walk between them. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for further details.
Image sourced from NZ Herald
Roxburgh Golf Club
Visit Roxburgh Golf Club for an unforgettable golfing experience set amidst the natural beauty of Central Otago. Enjoy a challenging round on the meticulously maintained 18-hole course, set against the backdrop of picturesque hills and the Clutha River.
Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a casual enthusiast, the club offers a welcoming atmosphere, excellent facilities, and natural charm.
Where to stay
When searching for accommodation, the Roxburgh Clutha Gold TOP 10 Holiday Park makes the choice an easy one. If you’re searching for motel-style stay, our motel rooms and cottages are comfortable and homely options that can sleep up to 11 guests.
For families, there are plenty of fun activities on-site for the kids to enjoy, including a swimming pool, trampoline, climbing wall, petting farm and more!
If you’re searching for a Roxburgh camping ground, we have you covered there as well, hosting both powered and non-powered sites to park your motorhome or caravan.
Don’t miss the South Island’s stunning hidden gem
Located less than 2 hours from Queenstown, Roxburgh boasts natural beauty, a rich history and local charm. If you’re visiting the South Island, stop by to experience the wonders of the Central Otago township for yourself!