Arrowtown To Gibbston Valley 

Ride the Arrow River Bridges Trail

Return Shuttles 1 – 2 Hour Ride 15 km Scenic River Trail

Ride Description

This half-day ride package starts with a 25 minute shuttle from Around The Basin’s shop in Queenstown out to Arrowtown, one of the most scenic towns in New Zealand. We’ll get you sorted with everything you need before you ride the most popular section of the Queenstown Trail network.

The trail from Arrowtown meanders along the banks of the Arrow and Kawarau rivers. It crosses the rivers via six bridges – including three suspension bridges – and follows the original path used by the gold-miners of the 1800’s. The spectacular river gorges and glacially-carved landscapes provide plenty of photo opportunities.

Once passed the Kawarau Bungy-Jump Bridge, the trail opens up to the majestic Gibbston Wine Valley. The first cellar door in the valley is only a short ride further on. You’ll have time to sample what this world-class wine region has to offer before your return shuttle back to Queenstown.

This ride is easy mountain biking on wide, gravel trails. The trail undulates beside the rivers with a lot of small ‘bumps’, though there are fewer ‘ups’ than there are ‘downs’, as you will be heading downstream. It’s suitable for all riding abilities and a great option for families.


Itinerary Timings
Choose your departure time when making your booking. 9:20 AM or 12:50 PM (Sept to Apr)

9:50 AM or 11:50 AM (May to Aug)

Shuttle from Queenstown to Arrowtown. Safety briefing and trail tips. 25 mins
Ride 15 km to the Gibbston Wine Valley. 1.5 – 2 hours
Spend time at a winery. 30 mins – 1 hour (depending on your ride time)
Shuttle transport back to Queenstown. 30 min
Total Trip Duration 4 hours

Over our winter schedule (May to Aug), check-in for this ride package is at our shop at either 9:50 am or 11:50 am.

Ride Data

Distance: 14 km (9 miles)

Elevation Gain: 153 m (501 ft)

Elevation Loss: 198 m (650 ft)

Click here to download the GPX file for this ride.

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Ride Prices

Electric Bike Standard Bike
Adult $145 $95
Child (5 – 14 years) $125* $75
Infant (0 – 4 years) $65**

* Children must be at least 140 cm/4 ft 6″ tall to fit the smallest Electric Bike.

** Infants can select either a bike, trailer, or a tag-along.

Other Options

The short video below shows an aerial view of the ride from Arrowtown to the Gibbston Valley: