Arrowtown To Arthur’s Point

Bike To A Brewery

Return Shuttles 1.5 – 2 Hour Ride 17 km Finish At A Brewery

Please note, this ride package will be available to book as soon as the new Wharehuanui Trail is officially opened (expected May 2024).

Are you looking for a ride on a new bike trail that explores previously inaccessible parts of the Whakatipu Basin? One that showcases classic Central Otago landscapes at their finest? And one that finishes at a brewery? Then this is the ride for you!

Ride Description

This ride starts with a shuttle from Around The Basin’s shop in Queenstown to the starting point in Arrowtown. You’ll be set-up with a bike or E-bike, given a map and some trail tips, before you set-off on this self-guided adventure.

The first section of the ride heads south-west from Arrowtown along the Countryside Trail. A short distance along this trail an avenue of oak, elm, and hawthorn-trees will lead you into the Millbrook Resort.

From there a right turn will join you onto the newest addition to the Queenstown Trail network, the Wharehuanui Trail. Its gentle slopes start by heading upstream alongside Mill Creek. Bridges and boardwalks have been installed to ford the waterway. And recent efforts of riparian planting will showcase the region’s native flora at its finest.

Now heading in a westward direction, the bike trail follows the base of a mountain range that serves as the northern border to the Whakatipu Basin. Above and to your right, the tussock-clad heights of Coronet Peak will glimmer golden in the sunshine; while in the distant south the mighty Remarkables stand: a pinnacle of rock and snow towering 2,000m above the plains below. These spectacular alpine views can be seen at every turn, giving a sense of awe and wonder that only being surrounded by mountains can bring.

As the trail nears its end, you’ll pedal beside roche moutonnée – rock formations that formed when ice that once filled the Whakatipu Basin receded – and plunge down passed Downey’s Dam. A linking track will then take you back up to the finish in Arthur’s Point. A well-earned beer is in order from either Gantley’s Tavern or Canyon Brewing, from where you will be collected for the return shuttle back to central Queenstown.

This ride is on a well-crafted gravel bike trail, 2 metres wide for most of its length. It is predominately Grade 2 (Easy) with some short sections of Grade 3 (Intermediate).

Distance and Elevation

Distance: 16.5 km

Elevation Gain: TBC

Elevation Loss: TBC

Easy Pace: 1.5 – 2 hours

Schedule

Itinerary Timings
Check-in at Around The Basin’s shop. Choose your departure time when making your booking. 9:50 AM or 11:50 AM (May to Aug)
Shuttle transport from Queenstown to Arrowtown. Safety and navigation briefing. 30 mins
Explore Arrowtown 30 mins
Ride 17 KM on the new Wharehuanui Trail 1 hr 30 mins – 2 hrs
Relax at a brewery in Arthur’s Point. 1 hr – 1 hr 15 mins
Shuttle transport back to Queenstown. 15 mins
Total Trip Duration 4.5 hrs

Over our winter schedule (May to Aug), check-in for this ride is at Around The Basin’s shop at either 9:50 AM or 11:50 AM.

A Note On Weather

Riding in the Queenstown area over winter is generally very pleasant. A typical winter’s day is cool and crisp with blue skys and snow-capped mountains. However, storms and bad weather are more frequent than in summer and we understand that riding in those conditions is not much fun.

We usually make a weather call on-the-day, as it often turns out not as bad as the forecast suggests. If you are uncertain in the morning of your ride, give us a call 45 mins – 1 hr before your shuttle departs and we will discuss options. If we deem the weather is unsuitable for riding, we first try to re-schedule to another time or another day, but if that isn’t possible we would refund your ride (less a 3% merchant fee).

Other Ride Options

Not the ride for you? Check out our winter day ride options here. Or if you want more than just one day of riding, look at our multi-day rides.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this new ride.

An A3 paper copy of this map will be provided before your ride.