Bike The Wineries 3/4 Day

Explore the Gibbston Wine Valley by bike

Return Shuttles Ride Starts at Arrow Junction 12 – 17 km Ride Time for 3 or 4 Wineries

Ride Description

This 3/4 Day self-guided ride package begins with a shuttle from Around The Basin’s shop in Queenstown out to their bike-hub at Arrow Junction (7 km away from Arrowtown). There you will be fitted to a bike and given all the info you need to know about the wineries. Hop on your bike and get straight into your pre-wine warm up!

The first part of the ride is along a 6 km (4 miles) section of scenic bike trail. It follows the Arrow and Kawarau river gorges, over the Edgar Swing Bridge, and onto the Kawarau Suspension Bridge – the world’s ‘home’ of bungy-jumping. There’s no place more iconic to watch this spectacle than here.

The afternoon will be spent biking along the magnificent Gibbston River Trail, visiting as many of the cellar doors as you like. The winery map makes navigation a breeze. Enjoy a relaxed lunch at one of the winery restaurants, or pack a picnic to have en route. If you ride all the way to the last winery, you will cover around 17 km (11 miles) on easy-riding, gravel bike trail.

The return shuttle will pick you up at 4:30 pm from your winery of choice in the Gibbston Valley.

Ride Schedule

Schedule Timings
Check-in at Around The Basin’s shop 10:20 am
Depart Queenstown 10:30 am prompt
Transport from Queenstown to Arrow Junction (7 km from Arrowtown). Safety briefing and trail tips. 30 – 40 min
Ride 6 km (4 miles) along a trail to the first winery, crossing some spectacular bridges! 30 – 45 min
Spend time exploring the wineries. We’ll pick you up from your venue of choice. 4 – 5.5 hours (depending on your pace)
Shuttle transport back to Queenstown, departing the wineries at 4:30 pm sharp 30 – 45 min
Total Trip Duration 6.5 hrs 

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’ve 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 a good day of riding

E-bike 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 an epic day out there.

merida ebig seven electric bike

Which 'Bike The Wineries' Option Is Best For Me?

Over our summer schedule (Sept – Apr), ‘Bike The Wineries’ is offered as a Full Day, this 3/4 Day, or a Half Day option.

If you want to see Arrowtown, ride a bit further, experience more bridges, and have more winery time, take a look at our Bike The Wineries Full Day.

For a later start time, try our Bike The Wineries Half Day.

If, like Goldilocks, the one in the middle seems “just right”, then this Bike The Wineries 3/4 Day is the one for you.

Venues on offer 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 3/4 Day ride, most riders reach the Bungy Bridge – the gateway to the Gibbston Valley Trail – at approximately 11:45 pm. From there, the riding times between each winery is shown below to help with booking your wine tastings:

bikers relaxing at a winery
Bike The Wineries in Winter
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
Bikes and wine. What more could you want!
Riding beside epic scenery in the Gibbston Wine Valley
Cargo Brewery, Gibbston