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The Great Rides and Cycle Trails of New Zealand

Rude Rock Trail

Regional Ride

Queenstown, South Island

This epic custom-built single track was opened in early 2013 after some hard work by the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club. It's a fantastic addition to the alpine riding available in Queenstown and will quickly become a classic Queenstown ride.

 As described in the "Getting There" section, we suggest a 7 km loop warming up on the Coronet Peak access road. After 30 or so minutes of a granny gear workout, you'll reach the start of this aptly named trail.

 It's a Grade 4, namely because of a couple steep and exposed sections that require caution for those on hardtails or new to single track riding. If you're normally only comfortable with Grade 3 riding, don't let the 4 classification scare you off - if you get uncomfortable you can hop off and walk any gnarly sections.

 The trail is wonderfully built and twists and turns on flowly, smooth track for over 3 kms. It opens up some great views down Skippers Canyon that you'd probably otherwise never see -- and the view to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu sure isn't bad either. Compared to the nearby Zoot Track, this is flows much better with some great bermed corners and very few rocks or ruts to worry about.

 If you're keen on a bit bigger of a ride, park at the base of the Zoot Track. This will add about 15 minutes to the initial climb, but you can then tag on the classic Zoot Track when you finish rude rock.

 We trust you'll and enjoy this -- let us know in the comments below if you spot the "Rude Rock."


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