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The Queenstown Trail

New Zealand Cycle Trail

Queenstown, South Island

Planning on riding The Queenstown Trail? Check out the Queenstown Trail Winery Experience or Contact us for help in planning your itinerary and booking your trip. 

The 100 kilometre Queenstown Trail combines a series of trails within the Wakatipu Basin incorporating the wine area of Gibbston valley, the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown.

The trail is technically very easy and suitable for all ages and abilities, however there are a few hill climbs and descents that will require walking. While a keen cyclist could set off and ride the trail in its entirety in a day, most will choose to base themselves in Queenstown, Arrowtown or surrounds and ride segments of the trail over the course of a couple days.

Below we have included a selection of rides incorporating the Queenstown Trail for you to consider. Many of these can be broken down even further with various access points if you're only keen on a quick ride. Contact any one of a numer of tour and transport operators listed on NZByBike for pick up and return to your accommodation - and don't forget to tell them you found them on NZByBike!

Arrowtown to Queenstown (Or Queenstown to arrowtown) - 27 kms

The Arrowtown to Queenstown section of the trail can be completed in 2 - 3 hours while taking in the peaceful countryside of the Wakatipu. Throughout most of the ride you have views of The Remarkables and the ride ends with a stunning trip along Lake Wakatipu as you approach Queenstown. 

Gibbston River Trail -  2 - 10 KMS

The Gibbston River Trail explores the lovely Gibbston wine region of the Wakatipu. Cycle amongst the vineyards, sample local Pinot Noir and take in the splendour of the mighty Kawarau River. 

Arrowtown to Gibbston - 12 kms

The Queenstown Trail from Arrowtown to GIbbston crosses five newly constructed bridges over the Arrow River and passes through quaint country lanes and paddocks. You'll cross the world-famous AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge before arriving in beautiful Gibbston Valley via the GIbbston RIver Trail.

Queenstown to Jacks Point -  22 kms

This might be one of the most spectacular day rides in the Queenstown Region. The Queenstown Trail to Jacks Point combines the Frankton Track and Kelvin Heights Track and the Jacks Point Trail (all can be ridden seperately). The Frankton Track winds along the Frankton Arm of the lake, is perfectly flat and well suited for families. Further on from Kelvin Heights to Jacks Point, there are some bigger climbs that might not suit beginners or children, but the views down Lake Wakatipu are simply stunning. 

Old Shotover Bridge to Gibbston - 15 KMS

This section of The Queenstown Trail begins at the historic Old Shotover Bridge and follows the vivid blue waters of the Kawarau River. The newly built cycle trail passes rolling farmland and native forest before climbing high above the river with sweeping views of the Wakatipu Basin and Remarkables. This track does have a couple challenging hills, but these can be walked by young or beginner cyclists. 

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  • Well done Gerald , more useless info from idiots, wonder how you cross K river twice with no bridge , reaks of search and rescue .

    Posted by ring burner, 19/01/2013 4:19pm (2 years ago)

  • Hello,

    I am really disappointed in both the lack of information and incorrect information on the NZ Cycle site and wonder whether the website has just been 'winged' or whether those who have put it together have actually ridden the trails they have written about.

    I have ridden the complete Queenstown Trail and make the following comments. The map shown above is incorrect as much of the existing Queenstown Trail is not included. The four sections missing are: Kawarau Falls Bridge to Kelvin Heights - the cycle trails down both sides of Lake Hayes - Lower Shotover Bridge to Kawarau Falls Bridge accessed through Lake Hayes Estate - the cycle track from the Lower Shotover Bridge to Frankton and Queenstown Airport.

    This is a beautiful cycle trail so lets get it right guys, or just leave it alone.

    Gerald

    Posted by Gerald Cunningham, 01/12/2012 12:20pm (2 years ago)

  • Going to do the Arrowtown to Arrowtown with a group of girls tomorrow. Looking forward to it and will post something afterward. We are taking a picnic lunch and hoping to find somewhere nice to stop for lunch.

    Posted by Brenda, 02/11/2012 4:59pm (2 years ago)

  • Looks good. Organising four couples for April 2012
    to do it and others

    Posted by Phil Wiffen . Hawkesbay, 25/07/2011 7:58pm (3 years ago)

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