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Roxburgh Valley

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The Knobbies, Old Man and Mount Benger Ranges, lush leafy orchards, and the icy waters of the Clutha River typify this unspoilt area of Central Otago. Whether tramping in the tussock-clad hills or picnicking by the river, its timeless beauty will always astound you.

apricotsClear spring days herald the beginning of a new season with a patchwork of fruit orchards in full blossom woven across the valley floor in subtle hues alongside the bright shoots of the young willows and poplars. A sheer contrast to the beautiful autumn shades - an artist's haven. A four wheel drive onto the surrounding ranges is a great place to view such wonders, also the outlying farmlands and historical relics. Take a lunch and truly escape. During the summer months the roadside stalls are busy selling a fine array of their fruits, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, an abundance of different berries, not forgetting the tasty crisp apples.

fishIf outdoor activities are more your style, there is something for everyone. The magnificent Clutha River, one of the fastest in the world, boasts some of the best salmon in New Zealand, whilst the surrounding lakes are well stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Lake Roxbrugh is the ideal spot for all watersports, kayaking, jet-boating, skiing, or just plain sailing. The tramping tracks and walks are endless, with short, long, steep, some gently following the river, but all interesting and beautiful, while the same can be said of the mountain biking and horse riding.

Maybe just a look at the local museum to absorb some of the diverse history, a visit to the local vineyard or a stroll around one of the nearby picturesque gardens would be enough to satisfy some of the more unhurried visitors to our lovely valley.

Whatever your pleasure, please enjoy.

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Clutha River. Salmon "run" February to end of April. Brown trout all year.
Teviot River. Brown trout all year round. Suitable for young anglers.
Lake Roxburgh. Quinnat salmon, brown trout all year round.
Lake Onslow. Brown trout all year round.
Pinders Pond. Trout all year round.
McKenzies Beach. Quinnat salmon, brown trout all year round.<

Tramping - Teviot walkways

Mountain Biking
To hire contact the Lake Roxburgh Lodge (03) 446 8220. Routes and treks around the valley.

Horse riding
Mt Benger Horse Treks.
Obtain panoramic views of the Teviot Valley via horse trekking up Mt Benger Hills. Roger & Irene Smith, ph (03) 446 8424.

Lake Roxburgh & Teviot River. To hire contact the Lake Roxburgh Lodge, ph (03) 446 8220

Jetboating and water skiing on Lake Roxburgh.

An 18 hole, challenging, unique golf course with rocky outcrops and scenic views along the banks of the Clutha River in Roxburgh township. Visitors welcome.

Old Man and Knobbies Ranges, Mount Benger. See Visitors Centre for tours.

Courts at Lake Roxburgh Village and Millers Flat.

Clubs at Millers Flat and Roxburgh

Pools located at Millers Flat and Roxburgh Area School. Summer only.

Courts in Roxburgh. To book, contact Linda Sincock on (03) 446 8422.

Lake Roxburgh Lodge In need of a complete get away from it all, stress free, relaxing time? Then come and experience some leisurely time out with us at the Lodge and let us send you home feeling revitalised and rejuvenated.
Peace and tranquility surrounds you at The Lake Roxburgh Lodge, set in three acres of landscaped grounds comprising 100 roses, some more than 45 years old, the ideal retreat for a weekend getaway.
Total indulgence for perfect relaxation.

Bed & Breakfast
Cob Cottage Our late 1800's cob cottage has all the charm of yesteryear, with the comforts of today. come and relax in our cottage gardens and truly feel the peace and tranquility that our rural cottage has to offer, only 5 minutes from Roxburgh.


Several hundred years before the European settlement, the Roxburgh Valley was used by Maoris as a route between coastal Otago and the West Coast for greenstone collecting expeditions. Evidence of these excursions remian, campsites, ovens and moa remains, particularly in the Millers Flat and Moa Flat districts.

Merino Ram In 1853 Nathaniel Chalmers with several Maori guides set off from Mataura bound overland for Lake Wakatipu. On thier return journey they passed through the valley by raft on the River Clutha, making him the first recorded European to travel through the Roxburgh Valley. By 1857 the first squatters had arrived, Walter Miller and John Cargill, and they made claim to the first pastoral leases. Miners ventured in from the overcrowded Tuapeka fields in the 1860's and discovered gold by panning, pick and shovel. By the 1880's many large dredging operations were in progress in the river Cluta and many surrounding areas continuing well into the next century.

Joseph Tamblyn was said to be responsible for the orchard industry in Roxburgh as we know it, by purchasing a few fruit trees from a passing swagger in 1866, including the famous Roxbugh Red Apricot which can still be bought today.


Lonely Graves
Roxburgh Museum
Roxburgh Dam
Lake Roxburgh
Teviot Woolshed
Millers Flat Bakehouse
Seed Farm
Moa Flat Woolshed
more information about these historical sites


Roxburgh: Catholic, Anglican, Union and Baptist
Millers Flat: Anglican and Union


Doctor: Roxburgh Medical Centre, 65 Scotland Street, Ph (03) 446 8200
After Hours Medical Help: Ph 026 111 595, in no response Ph 111

Accident and Emergency: Ph 111

Chemist: Amcal Chemist, Scotland Street, Ph (03) 446 8009

For more information contact:
Roxburgh Valley Tourism
Phone +64 3 446 8105
Fax +64 3 446 8113
email: roxinfo@codc.govt.nz

See also the following websites:

Central Otago Information site
Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail
Tourism Central Otago

Photos kindly supplied by MacGRAPHICS, PO Box 65, Roxburgh, Ph/fax (03) 446 8175

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