Local tips to make the most of your time in Queenstown

From dawn to dusk the ultimate mountain bike adventure awaits. Here are some tips to get 100% out of your trip! 

  • Be prepared for all weather
    Even if the forecast is for blue skies, be prepared to embrace the elements. Bring all your wet weather gear and be prepared to ride in the wet or adjust the trails you plan to ride accordingly.
  • Pre-ride, re-ride and free ride
  • Go where it flows
    Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to ride every trail, tackle every feature or hit big jumps. If you are having fun on a lesser trail, stick with it! That being said, keep an open mind to trying new features or lines - you might just surprise yourself. 
  • Point and shoot
    This is my number one tip when in doubt - especially at the Queenstown Bike Park. 
  • Get your Mountain Bike sorted, BEFORE arriving
    There is nothing worse than wasting half your day organising rentals, or finding out your brake pads have worn thin just as you are about to go shredding?
  • First-night fever
    Or in this case - first-day fever. Don’t exhaust yourself trying to cram everything in one day. Listen to your body, there’s nothing wrong with having a day off in between to soak up the sights!

Mountain Biking through bush and rocky trails on Salmon Run, QueenstownSalmon Run, Fernhill


Best time of year to ride

Early summer and autumn are personally my favourite times to ride in Queenstown. Early summer is not as hot and dusty as late summer and the trails are usually in good condition. ‘All-time fall time’ is a saying that rings very true in Queenstown during autumn. Hero dirt, perfect riding temperatures and beautiful low light. Need I say more?

Ride Queenstown Bike Park during the weekdays before 3 pm to avoid the lineup of groms from 3 pm and the post-work dash at 5 pm. 

Sunset sessions at Coronet Peak on Thursdays 4-8 pm are a local favourite with all you can eat BBQ and great tunes for an alpine après feel post-ride. The best value for money!

Mountain bikers at sunset biking Rude Rock, Coronet Peak Mountain Bike TrailRude Rock Trail, Coronet Peak


Bike rentals, mechanics and tour guides

There are a myriad of great bike shops in Queenstown. Whether you want to hire a full on downhill ride for the day, or take it a bit easier on a enduro e-bike, the options are out there.  For a complete list of bike hire and mechanics, check out this guide for more info.

Shuttle Companies and Bike Tour Companies

Queenstown Bike Taxi is an easy transport service that maximises your time on your bike. Local knowledge goes a long way and the crew here will optimise your time on the trails. 

Riding Clothing 

Queenstown has a great selection of outdoor sports stores. Any last-minute clothing requirements head to Mons Royale on Shotover Street for quality merino apparel, fit for all riding conditions. Outdoor Sports and Torpedo7 also have a range of great gear to sort you out for your ride.

Car rentals

Thrifty Car Rentals has recently introduced bike racks to their optional extras, available from their Nelson, Christchurch and Queenstown branches, be sure to add this for extra convenience.