The Queenstown Trail – New Zealand’s Most Popular Great Ride – Nga Haerenga.
“Come and experience the full grandeur of Queenstown and journey along 120kms 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
What’s so special about The Queenstown Trail? Why should you ride here?
The Queenstown Trail is a beautifully maintained trail meandering through the Queenstown basin. It links beautifully some of Queenstown’s premier destinations; particularly Arrowtown and the Gibbston Wine Valley.
Get lost in the beauty of the trail. Experience the journey and explore dramatic scenery, while making your way to one of the destinations along the trail.
How to explore the trail network:
Top 3 recommended rides for for those wanting to explore Queenstown by mountain bike.
1. Book A Tour
Tours include shuttle transport and allow you to see the real highlights of Queenstown by bike. Often taking in Arrowtown, a small historic gold mining town, as well as the Gibbston Wine Valley, a bike tour is your all inclusive package and the easy way to see it all in style.
Tours can be split based on your focus for the day and are grouped into Bike the Wineries Tours and Supported Tours.
Wineries tours explore the Gibbston Wine Valley by bike, whereas the supported tours are more bike ride focused, but often finish at a winery for an included tasting. The great thing about the supported tours is that you will have a driver and van dedicated to your group that will meet you along the trail, providing navigation tips, local knowledge as well as helping transport any excess gear. The van can also transport you through sections, allowing you to see the highlights of the trail, no matter your fitness level.
Check out these two different tour types below
⚡️ELECTRIC BIKE UPGRADES AVAILABLE ON ALL TOURS!
2. Hire a bike in combination with shuttle transport
Great for the “do it yourself” rider. Jump in the shuttle and be dropped into Arrowtown in the morning, explore the history of Arrowtown, before riding the 35km of trail back to Queenstown. This trip is best suited to those who are comfortable navigating their way along the trail independently and have a good level of mountain bike fitness.
If you are a strong rider and make good time there is also the option to work in a winery stop and see the Kawarau Bungy – a 10km addition of riding to your day. The great thing about taking the shuttle in the morning and then riding back to Queenstown is that you have the freedom to manage your day at your own pace, with the only constraint being getting back to Queenstown before the shop closes at the end of the day.
A trip with the freedom to make of it what you wish!
3. Hire a bike …. Electric Bikes Available too!
Ride from the centre of town along the edge of the lake. Simple to navigate, and the easiest mountain biking trail in Queenstown, this tack circumnavigates the Queenstown lake shore around the Frankton Arm and is great for riders of all abilities. Simply ride the trail until you feel you are half done and then spin around and ride back. Simply book a bike to be collected from our shop and you’re good to go! Map and helmet is included in your hire package. And remember, if you get super excited and want to ride all the way to a winery or to Arrowtown, just add a shuttle pick up to your booking.
For all general enquiries or for more information please visit https://www.aroundthebasin.co.nz