Journey through time with Clutha River Cruises

Arriving in Central Otago over 20 years ago, Steve Toyer was immediately struck with a passion for all things gold and so began his research of the history of the Clutha River and the Dunstan Goldrush days.

Boat trips down the stunning Roxburgh Gorge and visits to the littleknown derelict gold towns of Doctors and Butchers Points served to feed his gold fever. Finally in the spring of 2002, Steve launched Clutha River Cruises with a hope of opening up this visually spectacular and historically stunning part of Central Otago for all to see. Over the years, Clutha River Cruises has grown from its first converted fishing boat to a luxurious pontoon craft and the recently introduced Mata-Au.

The Mata-Au, which is the Maori name for the Clutha, has taken his business to a new dimension. Well appointed and spacious, it is capable of seating 32 passengers and offers a luxurious trip while keeping the Clutha River Cruises trademark heritage tour extremely personal. As the skipper as well as the owner, Steve regales customers with tales of old, bringing to life a bygone era that is made all the more tangible by visiting and seeing first-hand the old European and Chinese miners' huts.

The reaches of the Clutha River between Alexandra and Roxburgh are only accessible by boat or a good tramp and offers goldmining history that, because of its isolation, is remarkably preserved. Clutha River Cruises makes daily trips to this isolated area, offering a journey through time and the opportunity for all to view this amazing part of New Zealand's history.

SPECIAL SUMMER CRUISING

Evening Cruise: Evening cruises begin after Christmas. These will have various themes. Keep an eye on the newspapers and an ear on the radio.

New Year's Eve Cruise: Clutha River Cruises heads upriver to Clyde, where passengers can disembark and enjoy the New Year's Eve celebrations before making their own way back to Alexandra.

Special-occasion Cruises: Charter trips are offered for everything from a celebratory family occasion to a corporate event with a difference. The fully licensed Clutha River Cruises provides an extensive range of catering, from gourmet antipasto platters to scrumptious barbecues.

Pick-ups and Drop-offs: The launch also provides a pick-up and drop-off service for campers and trampers along the river trail.

For more info vist the website: http://www.clutharivercruises.co.nz