Clutha River Boat Tours

As many New Zealand trips are centred around seeing the countries spectacular scenery, you may be missing out on learning about it’s fascinating history of immigration and exploitation of it’s immeasurable natural resources. With Clutha River Boat tours, you can combine exploring and taking in Central Otago’s spectacular landscape while learning about it’s history.

What is New Zealand's longest River?

The South Island's longest river is Clutha River at 210 miles long, flowing from Lake Wanaka and into the Pacific. The river was the site of a major gold mining movement in the 19th century, and therefore home to fascinating history. Take a tour with Clutha River Boat Tours to learn all about it while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding environment.

On your Clutha River Heritage Cruise, you’ll go on a journey back in time – discover the gold mining history of central Otago through exploring the beautiful scenery of Roxborough Gorge through to the perfectly the European and Chinese mining sites of Doctors Point and Butchers Point, still including their huts from all those years ago. Your guide will provide full commentary and share everything you need to know about the area, bringing to life tales of hardship as you gently cruise down the river. You’ll get a fantastic opportunity to explore the isolated reaches of the Clutha River and snap some unforgettable pictures – not to mention you’ll be treated to tea, coffee and some delicious food at their picnic area on the riverbank.

Anyone looking to learn more about the history of New Zealand, but don’t want to be stuck in a museum – this is the perfect activity for your stack!

  • Boat tours depart from the boat ramp at Dunorling Street, Alexandra.
  • Tours last approximately 2.5 hours and include light refreshments.
  • Tours depart daily at 2.30pm (booking essential).
  • Prices:
    NZ$110 per adult
    NZ$70 Children up to 14 years
    Children 3 and under free.


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