Winter Bike The Wineries 3/4 Day 

Explore the Gibbston Valley this winter

Return Shuttles Ride Starts at Arrow

Junction

12 – 17 km Ride Time for 3 or 4 Wineries

Riding passed Cargo Brewery on the Gibbston Valley Bike Trail

 

Enjoying food and wine after a bike rideWine tastings and cheese platters from Gibbston valley Winery

Ride Description

This ride begins with a pick-up from Around The Basin’s shop in central Queenstown and a shuttle to their bike-hub at Arrow Junction. After bike fitting and helpful winery information, you’re free to set off riding.

The first 6 km (4 miles) of the trail follows a gorge along the Arrow River out to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge – home of the world’s first bungy jump. From there you’ll spend the afternoon biking at your leisure along the magnificent Gibbston River Trail, using the winery map to visit as many of the venues as you wish. You will have time to sample what this world-class food and wine region has to offer. There are cellar doors, a tavern, a brewery, and even a cheesery, all linked together by a spectacular, easy-riding bike trail.

You will be collected from your venue of choice for the return shuttle back to Queenstown. Total biking distance is 12 – 17 km (7 – 11 miles), depending on how many wineries you wish to visit.

Ride Schedule

Schedule Timings
Check-in at Around The Basin’s shop 10:50 am
Depart Queenstown 11:00 am prompt
Shuttle from Queenstown to Arrow Junction (7 km away from Arrowtown). Safety briefing and trail tips. 30 – 45 min
Ride 6 km (4 miles) to the first winery along a stunning trail. 30 – 45 min
Spend time exploring the wineries. We’ll pick you up from your venue of choice. 4 hours
Shuttle back to Queenstown, departing the Gibbston wineries at 4:00 pm sharp. 30 – 45 min
Total Trip Duration 6 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.

This winter ride is available from May – Aug. If you’re looking for the same ride over summer, please follow this link.

Gibbston Tavern

E-Bikes Are Available

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

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).

If you’re wanting to explore Arrowtown and ride a bit further, check out the Winter Bike The Wineries Full Day.

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

The 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.

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.

All of their contact details can be found here.

For this Winter Bike The Wineries 3/4 Day ride, most riders reach the Bungy Bridge – the start of the Gibbston Valley Trail – at approximately 12:30 pm. From there, the riding times between each winery is shown below to help with booking your wine tastings: