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Jack's Point Trail

Regional Ride

Queenstown, South Island

The trail from Kelvin Heights peninsula to the Jack’s Point community is one of the most spectacular rides in the Queenstown area. Technically the ride is just above easy although there are a few very sharp rises on some narrow trails - but the trail is overall pretty smooth gravel. You can add about 10kms to the ride if you start from Queenstown on the Frankton Track. 

The Jack’s Point ride can be ridden from either the Jack’s Point end or from the Kelvin Heights end. The easiest ride is to cross through Jardines Park and onto the marked trail. You can also connect the trail to the Kelvin Heights trail. Read the ride notes on this trail, in particular the advanced section around the Kelvin Heights golf course which can be ridden or avoided. Alternatively, an easier route to the Kelvin Heights Clubhouse can be taken via the Yacht Club to those wishing to complete their journey at the Kelvin Heights Clubhouse. Here, a water taxi can be ordered to take you back to town.

The trail meanders high above Lake Wakatipu providing stunning views of Cecil Peak and Lake Wakatipu.

There are a number of stops that you can consider adding on to this ride to make the day more enjoyable. If you've started from Queenstown, your first pit stop will be at the Hilton Queenstown. As you continue further along the Frankton Arm, you can stop at the Kelvin Heights Clubhouse for a coffee, glass of wine or an a la carte lunch.

Once you arrive at Jacks Point, you can stop here for a coffee or carry on to NZONE Skydive's base area. Here you can relax in the sun, have a coffee and watch the skydivers float slowly back to earth.  

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