The Queenstown Trail is made up of a series of custom-built, off-road cycling routes linking Queenstown with pretty Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley wine country. Graded easy to intermediate, the 120km network is fantastic way to explore the region and reach major sights while soaking up gorgeous scenery along the way.
The trail is made up of seven themed rides, the easiest of which is the flat Lake Wakatipu Ride, starting in central Queenstown. Ideal for beginners and families, with cafes en route, it traces the lake edge around to Kelvin Heights with the jagged Remarkables as a stunning backdrop.
More adventurous riders will enjoy the Two Rivers Ride following a gently undulating path beside the picturesque Kawarau and Shotover rivers. Highlights include majestic panoramas and the beautifully restored Shotover Bridge. The Gibbston River Ride, meanwhile, winds through simply divine wine country with an unmissable stop-off at iconic Kawarau Bridge – home to the world’s original bungy jump site.
There are countless other ride options, made easy with great maps, clear trail signage and multiple access points, as well as conveniently located bike hire, guided rides and shuttle transport. The Queenstown Trail has certainly earned its status as a ‘Great Ride’, one of 22 making up the New Zealand Cycle Trail/Nga Haerenga.