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Grovers Hill Walk & Frog Rock Lookout

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Grovers Hill walk is really lovely, it’s a short walk you can do while in Roxburgh town with bonus views out over  the stunning valley at the top of Frog Rock lookout. It’s a great loop walk of 3.6k which will take you around 1 hour allowing for time to take photos as well.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Roxburgh, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1 hour walk
        • Distance: 4.2 km
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: 100m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes, in King George V Memorial Park
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: March, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The stunning views out over the Roxburgh / Teviot Valley from the top of Frog Rock. 

  • Track Quality

    The track is very good, just be careful at the beginning with the little climb. It’s clearly marked with yellow markers along the way.

  • Hazards

    Be careful at Frog Rock lookout, there are no rails or fences. It can get a bit cold in Roxburgh, so take a jacket for the lookout. Don’t ever try and swim in the Clutha River, it’s too dangerous.

  • Transport

    Just walk to the beginning of the track from the centre of Roxburgh.

  • Water

    No drinking water on this track

  • Driving Instructions

    Leave your car at King George V Memorial Park and start the walk from there. Or you can drive to the Dump Station and start there instead.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    103 The Store cafe right in the middle of Roxburgh has excellent coffee, cabinet food & menu.

  • Area & Track History

    In 1900 the Laydsmith Gold Company commenced hydraulic gold sluicing, following the ancient bed of the Clutha River, about 90 metres deep. Their adjoining neighbour, the Roxburgh Amalgamated Company had constructed a substantial dam at Lake Onslow, circa 1888 and the mining companies held the water rights to the Teviot Creek. In the beginning returns were excellent but increasing overheads and less accessible gold forced an end to the slicing operation by about 1915. In 1920 the newly formed Teviot Electric Power Board purchased the assets and the water rights of both companies for a power scheme and at about this time the RSA planted pine trees in the old ‘tailings’. The last of the successive plantings were felled in 2015.

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  • Map location of the Grover HIll Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

Hope you enjoy my photos and description of the the whole walk below. Just click on the photos to enlarge them.

Point 1: Start of the Grovers Hill Track Walk

Start the walk at King George Memorial Park at the north east end of Roxburgh town. Walk along Berwick Street then turn left into Liddle St. At the next intersection go right into Teviot St. When you get to the Dump Station that’s where you start to walk in, look for the sign saying Frog Rock. It feels like you are walking down someones driveway, which you are, but all good. At the end of the drive keep walking just a little bit and you’ll see the grassy track go left around the side of a shed. Walk through the gate and off you go.

Point 2: Frog Rock Lookout

When you get to the first yellow marker in the pine trees just after the small hill climb, turn right. Look out for it or you can easily walk right past it. You’ll start walking uphill now all the way to the top. Just before the very top you’ll turn right at the sign where you’ll arrive at Frog Rock Lookout. Totally stunning views out over Roxburgh town and the Teviot Valley.

Point 3: Walking in the pine trees

After leaving Frog Rock lookout, you’ll take a gentle walk downhill. Close to the bottom you’ll turn left, don’t go through the gate on your right. Well, you can, this track will take you out through the Golf Course and further up the main road. But that’s another walk. Just keep a good eye on the yellow track markers.

Point 4: Views of the Clutha River

As you follow the track along side the Clutha River you’ll get to a wonderful picnic spot. Stop here and take in the lovely views of the Clutha River. Not far on you’ll complete the loop and met up with the track again. Go back the same way to your car.

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King George V Memorial Park Till Street, Roxburgh 9500, New Zealand

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