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Do not be tempted to swim in the Clutha River itself. It is very fast flowing unlike most other rivers and you can easily be deceived and drowned.

 Recent example








Fruit stalls & fruit picking

If you like fresh cherries, apricots, plums, nectarines, peaches, pears, apples ... you in the right place. Just look for produce stalls along SH8 or get a holiday job in one of the orchards.


Heritage trail

The area is rich in history - from Maori trails and moa hunting grounds to the gold mining rush of the 1800s, the early settlers on the land and the hydro-electric projects. The information centre will provide brochures on the many interesting sites to explore.


Walks and hiking

There is a great selection of scenic walks and multi-day hikes close to Roxburgh.

Town River Walk


Ladysmith Walk


Grovers Hill


Bullock Track


Commissioners Walk (Lake Roxburgh and the Roxburgh Dam)


Horseshoe Bend (Attempt a long swing bridge over the Clutha River)


The Millenium Track (along the Clutha River from Beaumont north)


Old Man Range day walks or overnight stays including Waikaia Bush and Obelisk Rock areas




Fishing and watersports


You can fish for brown trout all year round. Sites include:

    Pinders Pond

    Lake Roxburgh (MacKenzies Beach) (also Quinnet salmon)

    Clutha River (fast flowing major river) (salmon also run in February)


    Teviot River (quieter flowing river)

    Lake Onslow


Lake Roxburgh is also popular for boating, jetskiing, waterskiing and kayaking.


Horse riding and trekking


At Mt Benger, a couple of minutes south of Roxburgh, you can ride across farmland.

There are also annual cavalcades across magnificent Central Otago landcapes that attract scores of riders. Enquire at the Information Centre.


4WD tracks & safaris


There is a good selection of tracks suitable for 4WD enthusiasts. The weather will be a factor to consider. Routes include:

Knobby Range

    Lake Onslow Road (To Lake Onslow or further to Styx and more Central Otago country)

Old Man Range

    Waikaia Bush Road & Piano Flat (check conditions first)

    Beyond Mitchells Cottage toward Obelisk rocks country


Annual safaris are held and offer a sociable and safe way to learn about the local countryside. Enquire at the Information Centre.