The Queenstown Trail

New Zealand’s Most Popular Great Ride – Ngā Haerenga

“Come and experience the full grandeur of Queenstown and journey along 140kms of trails alongside awe-inspiring alpine vistas, crystal clear lakes, stunning river gorges and hidden ruins. Combine your active adventure with world-class accommodation, food and wine for an experience you will savour forever.” Queenstown Trails Trust


The Queenstown Trail is a beautifully maintained trail network meandering around the Whakatipu Basin. It links some of the region’s premier destinations; particularly Queenstown with Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley.

Video Fly Through – an overview of the Queenstown Trail

This stunning short video will give you an overview of the Queenstown Trail. Extensive and scenic this 140km trail connects Queenstown to Arrowtown and the Gibbston Wine Region. You can discover a completely different view around every corner. Queenstown is quickly becoming renowned as one the worlds premier biking destinations. The Queenstown Trail is grade 2 and suits all riding abilities.


Queenstown Trail Map – Explore and Discover

Around The Basin are proud to offer the most detailed print map of the Queenstown Trail. This is provided free to all Around The Basin customers as well as to many of the booking agents and hotels around Queenstown. We generally print 10,000 + maps per season. All trails are colour coded with signage to match. Navigating the trail is a breeze with this map in your pocket. The can be printed from our website or picked up from our shop. Don’t be shy, pop in and grab a free map today.

Download a PDF copy of this map here.

Visit our shop to pick up a free paper copy of this map and to learn more about how to explore this exceptional trail.

For online navigation, follow this link to see where you are in real time on the trail via the NZ Transport Agency.

How To Explore The Queenstown Trail

The top 3  ways to explore Queenstown by mountain bike.


1. Book a self-guided bike hire and shuttle package

Self-guided rides include shuttle transport and allow you to see the real highlights of the trail – ideal for the “do it yourself” rider.

Jump in the morning or afternoon shuttle and be dropped to Arrowtown with time to explore the historic town. From here either ride to the Gibbston Valley to finish up at a winery or ride the trail back to Queenstown. See the links below for full info:

Arrowtown To Gibbston Ride

Arrowtown To Queenstown Ride

Our Bike The Wineries rides give you the time to explore the Gibbston Valley (and its wineries, breweries, and cheesery) by bike. Check out these options:

Bike The Wineries – Half Day

Bike The Wineries – 3/4 Day

Bike The Wineries – Full Day



2. Book a bike tour (with driver/vehicle support)

A bike tour is your all inclusive package and the easy way to see it all in style.

The great thing about the supported tours is that you will have a driver and vehicle dedicated to your tour that will meet you along the trail, providing navigation tips, local knowledge as well as helping transport any excess gear. The supported tours are more bike ride focused but often finish at a winery with a wine tasting.

Here are the bike tour options:

Bike The Bridges – Half Day Supported Tour

The Basin Explorer – Full Day Supported Tour



3. Hire a bike… Electric Bikes available too!

Ride from our shop in the centre of Queenstown along the edge of the lake. Simple to navigate, and the easiest mountain biking trail of the network, this trail circumnavigates the Queenstown lake shore and is great for riders of all abilities. And remember, if you get super excited and want to ride all the way to Arrowtown or even a winery in Gibbston, just add a shuttle pick up to your booking.

Click here for simple bike hire.