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The Great Rides and Cycle Trails of New Zealand

Frankton Trail

Regional Ride

Queenstown, South Island

This is a nice and easy lakeside trail that follows the shores of Lake Wakatipu between Queenstown and Frankton.

Cycling in and out of the bush canopy the Lake is right there for the whole trip with lovely views across to the Remarkables and Kelvin Heights.  The trail is easy with no climbs more than just a few meters. You can start your ride at either end either by cycling out along Peninsula Road from the Queenstown gardens or heading from Frankton beach along the obvious pathway along the lake.

At the Frankton end of the trail public toilets are available. It's one of the few rides in mountainous Queenstown that is relatively flat the whole way. It's great for beginners, families and one of the more popular all-round rides in town.

The ride can be continued from Frankton Beach continuing all the way along and over the one lane wooden bridge crossing the Kawarau River as it drains Lake Wakatipu and joining the Kelvin Heights Track round the Kelvin Heights Peninsula.


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