Bike The Wineries Full Day

Queenstown, Arrowtown, and the Gibbston Wine Valley

Return Shuttles Ride Starts In Arrow-town 25 km Up To 7 Wineries

Ride Description

This ride begins with a shuttle from Around The Basin’s shop in Queenstown out to Arrowtown, one of the most scenic places in New Zealand. Once there, you will be provided with all of the tools you need for an awesome day of riding: a quality mountain bike or E-bike with a helmet; a detailed briefing explaining the day; and our trail map to help with navigation. There’s the opportunity to explore the town – originally a gold-miner’s settlement – to visit one of the cafés, or hop straight onto your bike and get stuck in to your ride.

The trail starts by heading downstream alongside the willow-lined Arrow River, riding over spectacular swing-bridges as you go. Before long you’ll reach the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, home of the world’s first bungy jump and the gateway to the Gibbston Wine Valley. From there you will spend the afternoon biking at your leisure along the magnificent Gibbston River Trail, using our winery map to visit the cellar doors linked by this easy-riding trail. There’s plenty of opportunity to sample what this world-class wine destination has to offer; Pinot Noir is the signature grape of the valley. Enjoy a picnic en-route or lunch at one of the many wineries.

The riding distance to the first winery is 15 km (9 miles) and it’s 25 km (16 miles) to the end of the valley. We will pick you up at 4:30 pm from your winery of choice for the return shuttle back to Queenstown.

Ride Schedule

Schedule Timings
Check-in at Around The Basin’s shop 9:20 am
Depart Queenstown 9:30 am sharp
Shuttle to Arrowtown. Safety and navigation briefing. 30 – 40 min
Ride 15 km (9 miles) along the stunning bike trail to the first winery! 1 – 2 hours
Spend time exploring the venues of Gibbston Valley. We’ll pick you up from your venue of choice. 3 – 5.5 hours (depending on your pace and how long you spend exploring Arrowtown; you get to choose where to spend your time!)
Shuttle transport back to Queenstown, departing at 4:30 pm sharp. 30 – 45 min
Total Trip Duration 7.5 hours 

Ride Prices

Electric Bike Standard Bike
Adult $160 $110
Child (5 – 14 years) $135* $85
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.

Winery Bookings

To ensure you have an awesome experience at the wineries, it is best to book your tastings and lunch in advance. We can help with timings once you have booked with us.

The wineries are independently owned and operated, so tastings are not included in the price of this package, but the average cost is around $20pp per winery.

Enjoying pizza and beer at the Gibbston Tavern Relaxing at Cargo Brewery after riding

E-Bikes Are 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 the business – you will not regret the upgrade!

Let us walk you through how to get the most out of your electric biking experience…

Other Options

Like the sound of Bike The Wineries, but would prefer a later start? Take a look at either our Bike The Wineries 3/4 Day or Bike The Wineries Half Day rides.

Venues in the Gibbston Valley: wineries, a tavern, and good food

Gibbston Valley Winery

The most well-known winery in the valley. Enjoy their cheesery or visit the cellar door for a tasting. Beautiful outdoor area to be enjoyed.

Kinross

A stunning setting with a lovely outdoor area to enjoy. Great food and wine are available here.

The Church

Built in Wangaloa in 1894, this old church was relocated to Gibbston in the early 2000’s. Today instead of hymns and sermons it serves up local wines and good vibes. Our standard pick up location for a reason.

Gibbston Tavern

Gibbston Tavern is full of character and serves delicious wood fire pizza. A great place to relax.

Rockburn

The Rockburn Cellar Door offers relaxed tastings of their award winning wines in a unique setting, at the iconic Gibbston Tavern. A pure expression of Central Otago in your glass.

GT Tasting Room

The newest addition to the valley, and little sister of the Gibbston Tavern, the GT Tasting Room offers a selection of local wines, gins, distilled spirits, and ginger beers.

Brennan Wines

A great place to visit, Brennan is located at the end of the valley. While you’re here, have a go at petanque.

Mt Rosa

Full of personality, Mt Rosa is located at the end of the valley and is certainly worth the effort to visit. Tastings here are extensive, so allow approximately 40min.

All of their contact details can be found here.

For this Bike The Wineries Full Day ride, most riders reach the Bungy Bridge – the start of the Gibbston Valley Trail – at approximately 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. From there, the riding times between each winery is shown below to help with booking your wine tastings:

The Gibbston Tavern, Queenstown
Wine tasting and cheese platters, all the motivation you need to get on your bike!
Biking through the wineries, near Cargo Brewery
Enjoying the goods at one of the wineries
Riders enjoying beer and pizza at the Gibbston Tavern
Bikes and wine. What more could you want!
Biking in Arrowtown near Provisions Cafe