Wow, where has this year gone!? Winter is at an end and we are already well into spring!

So, what have we been up to and what’s new?

The trail

It’s brilliant to see how much our Queenstown Trail is growing and improving. We are excited to see a new section of trail that now connects Tuckers Beach to the Old Shotover Bridge. This section provides fresh views and adds options, both as a ride starting point, and as a way to extend a ride.

We have also seen significant improvements in trail connectivity, the highlight here being the new underpass near the Karawau River road bridge. This is opening soon, and will allow rides to sneak under the road to and from the Wakatipu Lake edge without crossing a busy road.

The trail is also now marked even more clearly with colour coding. We have adapted our map to show these colours. Riders can explore the trail network with ease, confident they are on the right track.


New trail development means exciting options for new products! We are stoked to announce a new half day product this spring called the “Beach to Bay” This utilises the Tuckers Beach trail and follows the Shotover River, then connects to the Kawarau River and onwards to Lake Wakatipu. A truely scenic section of riding, great for all abilities. There are cafe options, such as the famous Boat Shed located along this lovely section of trail.

The team

This winter our team have been busy pursuing all the good things that Queenstown has to offer. Biking, skiing, paragliding, trail running, kayaking and the rest… we are all stoked to live in this town and play in this inspiring environment.

Enjoy some shots of the crew in action…


Let’s hope the weather is half as good as it was last year! We look forward to having you out riding with us! Please get in touch if you have any queries, otherwise browse our site, have a read, watch some videos and get booking! Tours do full up regularly during the summer season, so don’t wait until it’s too late.

Happy holiday planning.

Hamish and the team

Around The Basin



Trail Talk – Winter 2018.

Well well well, another summer season has drawn to a close in Queenstown and here at Around The Basin Bike Tours we have moved onto our winter schedule.

Today has dawned with fresh snow coating the hills around town and it is certainly starting to look and feel like winter. Let’s hope for a great ski season, with a good bit of biking also thrown in the mix!

The exciting news this winter is that we will be running our Bike The Wineries Half Day Tour right through the winter season! This will allow people on a tighter time budget to still experience the simple pleasure of riding through the wineries. A truely magic experience on a calm, crisp, clear winters day. This tour goes out at mid day, really maximising the warmest weather window during winter.

Biking through the wineries, near Cargo Brewery
Cheers! Well deserved beer and pizza at the Gibbston Tavern








We always encourage people to book the Full Day Wineries Tour if possible, as the added hours allow you to see Arrowtown and ride an extra 15 km along the stunning Arrow River Bridges Trail, giving a great balance between riding, exploring and wineries. But if riding less and drinking more sounds like you, then the Half Day Tour is perfect!

As usual, we will also be offering our Bike The Bridges Half Day Tour, Bike Hire and a Shuttle Service right through the cooler months. So if you want to get on a bike in Queenstown this winter, simply give us a bell.

Happy riding!

Hamish and the Team

Around The Basin Bike Tours

Queenstown New Zealand


Check out the Top 3 recommended rides for for those wanting to explore Queenstown by mountain bike.

1. Book A Tour

Tours include shuttle transport and allow you to see the real highlight of Queenstown by bike. Often taking in Arrowtown, a small historic gold mining town, as well as the Gibbston Wine Valley, a bike tour is your all inclusive package and the easy way to do it all in style.

Tours can be split based on your focus for the day and are grouped into Bike the Wineries Tours and Supported Tours.

Wineries tours explore the Gibbston Wine Valley by bike, whereas the supported

tours are more ride focused, but often finish at a winery for an included tasting. The great thing about the supported tours is that you will have a driver and van dedicated to your group that will meet you along the trail, providing navigation tips, helping transport any excess gear, as well as providing some local knowledge. The van can also transport you through sections, allowing you to see the highlights of the trail.

Check out these two different tour types below

Bike The Wineries – Half Day Tour

Bike The Wineries – Full Day Tour

Supported Tour – Half Day

Supported Tour – Full Day


2. Hire a bike in combination with shuttle transport

Great for the “do it yourself” rider. Jump in the shuttle and be dropped into Arrowtown in the morning, explore the history of Arrowtown, before riding the 35km of trail back to Queenstown. This trip is best suited to those who are comfortable navigating their way along the trail independently and have a good level of mountain bike fitness.

If you are a strong rider and make good time there is also the option to work in a winery stop and see the Kawarau Bungy – a 10km addition of riding to your day. The great thing about taking the shuttle in the morning and then riding back to Queenstown is that you have the freedom to manage your day at your own pace, with the only constraint being getting back to Queenstown before the shop closes at the end of the day.

A trip with the freedom to make of it what you wish!

Bike Hire And Shuttle Packages

3. Hire a bike

Ride from the centre of town along the edge of the lake. Simple to navigate, and the easiest mountain biking trail in Queenstown, this tack circumnavigates the Queenstown lake shore around the Frankton Arm and is great for riders of all abilities. Simply ride the trail until you feel you are half done and then spin around and ride back. Simply book a bike to be collected from our shop and you’re good to go! Map and helmet is included in your hire package. And remember, if you get super excited and want to ride all the way to a winery or to Arrowtown, just add a shuttle pick up to your booking.

Hire A Bike Here!


For all general enquiries or for more information please visit


We are stoked to announce that our new website is up and running! Have a look around, it’s pretty cool!

We have tried to present information in a simple and logical way to allow you to not only book with ease, but know exactly what it is you are booking.

Have a play! Tell us what you think.

Happy Riding

The Around The Basin Team

Winter has arrived!

Queenstown is looking great today! A storm has rolled through and glimpsing through the clouds some decent snow can now be seen coating the hills. A much needed kick start to the ski season and always a beautiful view.

Coronet Peak with snow falling on the 13th of June 2017
The feeling around town is very much still in transition phase, with the summer crows gone and the winter arrivals still on the way. I’m sure people will be watching the forecast carefully and planing holidays for when there is consistent skiing. They do always say… “snow in June, still too soon”.
If you are still in the planning phase and making the decision on when to visit New Zealand’s’ Adventure Capital, bear in mind the dates of the NZ and Australian school holidays;

NZ school holidays 8-23 July
AU Capital Territory 1-16 July

Avoiding these dates generally means less people on the ski fields. The Australian and NZ holiday overlap is often the busiest time.

Queenstown Winter Festival is on again from the 22 – 25th of June and this really does launch us into winter mode proper! It’s exciting feeling the buzz grow as the snow accumulates. Winter Fest has some fun activities and shows. It is worth taking a look at all the information and schedule to ensure you maximise your experience:  WinterFest.
When planning your trip to Queenstown be sure to look into doing some activities that aren’t up the mountains, just in case there is bad weather, or snow is unfavorable. You will probably also want to mix it up to ensure you see a bit more of what Queenstown has to offer. Many people fall into a nice repeating pattern of 2 days skiing followed by 1 day off the mountains.
Take this opportunity to come out on a ride with us at Around The Basin Bike Tours.

We operate right through the winter due to demand. The winter crowd are outdoorsy people who like to get out and about. Whether riding for fitness, or for wine! We have trips to suit all. So lets hope fore more snow and some great skiing this winter, while also resting easy knowing that Queenstown is a destination with activities for all conditions. This ski town has so much to offer, on and off the slopes.

Written by Hamish Fleming

Around The Basin Tour Guide (and avid skier!)


Don’t miss it! from June 24th – July 3rd. The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival celebrations liven up the town during this 10 day extravaganza!

Experience Queenstown’s unique culture and community with street parties, fireworks, international and local acts, comedy, family fun, and plenty of Mountain Mayhem.

Ticketed events are on sale now, plus there’s ample free events and sporting events to keep everyone entertained.

A great time to be in Queenstown and plenty of activities on offer for your aprés ride!

The historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown is right on the Queenstown Trail. Just 20 minutes drive from Queenstown. This year the Arrowtown Autumn Festival is on from 21 – 25 April, perfectly timed during the school holidays and ANZAC long weekend. Join us to shuttle out there and experience part of this five day festival of entertainment. Explore the magnificient colours biking along the Arrow River Trail out toward Gibbston wine country or even further afield by biking back to Queenstown. Anyway you decide we’ve got you covered to experience Arrowtown’s spectacular display of flaming reds and golds – a sight not to be missed!

The Queenstown Trail has made it to the finals of NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle 2016. That’s no surprise – these bike trails are truly awesome. We’re up against some stiff competition though from the Hauraki Rail Trail, Hawke’s Bay Cycle Trails, Great Lake Cycle Trail, and Otago Central Rail Trail so hopefully we will manage to scoop the coveted title! The overall winner is announced on 2nd March!

It’s been a huge biking summer for Around The Basin to date and we are looking forward to continued great weather through to April. The trails have been in primo condition throughout the summer and a bit of rain during the past week has settled the dust nicely. Motatapu in coming up in a couple of weeks so lots of people are out riding the trails in preparation – once again we’re looking forward to the spectacle!

Winter has arrived and skiers are abound. The Queenstown Trails are in awesome condition, so for a change of scenery get yourself on a bike with us and explore some of that beautiful countryside you look down over while skiing the slopes. Try our Winter Ride starting daily at 11am and giving you a great overview of the trails or explore the Gibbston River Trail and do our Bike The Wineries self-guided tour. Or if your keen on a ‘do it yourself’ ride, grab a bike from us and ride to Arrowtown or Jacks Point and we can pick you up – once you’ve re-fueled and shuttle you back to town…too easy!!

Winter has arrived and skiers are abound. The Queenstown Trails are in awesome condition, so for a change of scenery get yourself on a bike with us and explore some of that beautiful countryside you look down over while skiing the slopes. Try our Winter Ride starting daily at 11am and giving you a great overview of the trails or explore the Gibbston River Trail and do our Bike The Wineries self-guided tour. Or if your keen on a ‘do it yourself’ ride, grab a bike from us and ride to Arrowtown or Jacks Point and we can pick you up – once you’ve re-fueled and shuttle you back to town…too easy!!