Arrowtown To Queenstown

A Mountain Biking Adventure Day

One Way Shuttle 3 – 4 Hour Ride 35 km Hilly Terrain

Ride Information

Head out on a 25 minute shuttle from our shop to Arrowtown. There’s the opportunity to explore the town – once a historic settlement built during the Gold Rush era – or grab a coffee to help fuel your day. You’ll be fitted with a bike, given a map and some trail tips, before you set-off on this self-guided ride.

The route starts by following the Arrow River Trail downstream to the Morven Ferry, crossing the river via a few spectacular bridges. From there you’ll join the Twin Rivers Trail, which follows the Kawarau and Shotover rivers to the shores of Lake Whakatipu. Expect to see incredible alpine views throughout this section as you traverse the foothills of The Remarkables mountains. The last stage of the journey is a gentle, flowing trail along the lake’s edge, passing a few cafés and even a brewery, before the finish line back at our shop in central Queenstown.

This ride is on wide, gravel trails, graded either 2 or 3 (as shown in the images above). The minimum riding distance is 35 km with a few decent hills. It is recommended for those who are confident and capable riders.

Over our summer schedule (Sept to Apr), check-in for this full-day ride package is at our shop at either 8:50 am or 9:50 am.

E-Bikes Are Highly Recommended!

We are yet to hear anyone say “I wish I never upgraded to an electric bike”, but we have certainly heard the opposite! Guarantee the good times, keep your group together and have a fun day out there. E-bikes are a game changer and make this ride so much more fun!

merida ebig seven electric bike

Important Information About Riding Times

If you’re feeling fit, there are options to extend this ride – the Tucker Beach Trail, or the Kelvin Peninsula – which can make for an amazing day. However, biking from Arrowtown to Queenstown alone can take some groups over 4 hours to complete. It is the rider’s responsibility to manage their time effectively and make it back to Queenstown before our shop closes at 5 pm.


Ride Data

Distance: 34.48 km

Elevation Gain: 307 m

Elevation Loss: 395 m

Click here to view a GPX file for this ride.

Other Options

Not the ride for you? Check out our other 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 ride.

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

Watch the short video below for an overview of the Arrowtown To Queenstown ride: