Cyclorama is New Zealand’s first e-bike festival, held in historic Arrowtown over Labour Weekend and consisting of two days  of wine, beer, food, gin, bird watching, mountain e-biking and of course – e-bikes!

All rides start and finish in Arrowtown’s scenic Butler’s Green, where the Festival Village hub will be located as well as food trucks, coffee carts and bike retailers showing off the latest bikes and accessories. Beautifully located alongside the Arrow River, Butlers Green is home to possibly the most photographed structure in Arrowtown, the iconic Police Camp Cottage, so it makes for a stunning location to start and finish your riding adventure. You don’t need to be a cycling pro either, Cyclorama offers curated rides for all levels of rider regardless of fitness or experience, and there will be specialists on hand at the Festival Hub, offering tips, tricks and bike advice.

Bring your own e-bike or rent a bike from one of the local suppliers, who will make sure you’re set up with everything you need before you pedal off on your e-biking adventure.

Friends biking the Gibbston River Trail, part of the Queenstown Trail networkBiking the Gibbston Tra​il

The Cyclorama ride programme:

Pedalling Pinot

Bikes, food & pinot

Embark on a scenic cycling journey alongside the Arrow and Kawarau Rivers into the heart of Gibbston wine region to award-winning Valli Vineyard. Hear from local wine maker, Grant Taylor and learn about Valli’s famous pinot grapes, and what makes the land unique. Followed by a wine tasting and delicious lunch in the Kinross Wine Garden.

  • When: 11:00am, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2022
  • Start/Finish: The 45km round trip departs Arrowtown and heads to Gibbston with stops at Valli Wines and Kinross. The ‘Pedalling Pinot’ ride finishes at The Winery in Arrowtown around 5:00pm, where you can continue your tasting adventure!
  • Difficulty: Grade 2, easy on-trail riding
  • Who for: Anyone with an appetite for fine wine 

Valli Wine TastingValli Wine Tasting

Tour de Gourmet

A progressive degustation experience

This gourmet cycling adventure starts from Arrowtown and heads to Vinegard, the filming location for the latest MasterChef season. From there, you'll ride down to Stoneridge for beautiful lake views and your next dining destination. Heading along Lake Hayes you'll find your way to Thurlby Domain where Ben Batterbury will be working his magic. Your final dining destination is Smithy's Smokehouse at Millbrook where you'll be greeted with a smoke themed cocktail and food offering before you make your short return ride back to Arrowtown.

  • When: Rides will be staggered, departing 9:30am - 11am Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October. 
  • Start/Finish: This is a 36km tour for your tastebuds, starting in Arrowtown and biking towards Vinegard, Stoneridge, and Thurlby Domain. Finish dining at Millbrook’s Smithy’s Smokehouse before heading back to Arrowtown.
  • Difficulty: An easy ride with only one or two hills along the way.
  • Who for: The ultimate foodie  

Stoneridge Estate C&IStoneridge Estate

Awake with the Birds

Be first on the tracks

Catch the sunrise and enjoy a gentle early morning e-bike ride around picturesque Lake Hayes to see a range of wildlife including pukeko, herons, crested grebes and more. You’ll be guided by zoology graduate and experienced nature guide Petrina Duncan and bike pro, Tony Moore. Binoculars are provided or bring your own.

  • When: 5:30am, Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October  
  • Start/Finish: The ‘Awake with the Birds’ ride is approximately 17km. Depart Arrowtown and cycle around Lake Hayes before heading back to The Dishery in Arrowtown for brunch at approximately 11am (included in ride ticket).
  • Difficulty: Grade 2, some road riding and trail riding.
  • Who for: Bird watchers and wildlife lovers

Group of friends biking around Lake HayesBiking around Lake Hayes

Ginology

Create your own gin

Thrill your senses with a bespoke gin tasting session hosted by novelist and Fenton Street distiller Stuart Greenhill. Then you’ll get the chance to make your own gin selecting from 15 botanicals in the unique setting of a taxidermist’s studio, you’ll blend your own exclusive gin which is then bottled for you to take home. Finish off up your afternoon at the Blue Door with one of their classic negroni’s or a gin and tonic.

  • When: The ride has three departure times, 10:30am, 12:00pm, and 1:30pm,  running both Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October
  • Start/Finish: A short 15km ride round trip from Butlers Green, you’ll travel to Arrow Junction where you’ll meet Stuart Greenhill and craft your unique gin, before retracing your steps back to The Blue Door in Arrowtown. Double your ride by opting for the longer route back via the Twin Rivers Trail.
  • Difficulty: Grade 2, easy terrain.
  • Who for: The keen botanist with a love for gin

Ginology Gin making, CycloramaGinology, Cyclorama

Ride to the Sky

Uphill adventure and stunning views

Hosted by local e-bike mountain guide, Shay Muddle, this is a breath-taking one hour ride up Mt Rosa, one of his favourite and hard to access rides providing fabulous views. Moderate experience is required, and this is a great chance to step up your experience level and do something new!

  • When: 9:00am, Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October  
  • Start/Finish: Shay will transport your bike to and from Gibbston so you can save the battery for this stunning uphill ride. Shay has e-bikes available for hire if you don’t have your own.
  • Difficulty: Grade 3, 12km uphill trail riding.
  • Who for: Moderately experienced riders looking to explore new heights

e-biking up Mt RosaE-biking up Mt Rosa

The Hop Trail

Quench your thirst

Ride along rarely accessed tracks from Arrowtown to Arthurs Point where you’ll quench your thirst at some the best craft breweries in the Whakatipu basin. Grab a bite to eat from Cargo or Canyon Brewing and cruise back to Arrowtown for a beer at Slow Cuts with local brewer Jay Sherwood, or choose from a selection of craft beers at The Fork and Tap and enjoy the live music.

  • When: Staggered departures of 12:00-1:00pm Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October
  • Start/Finish: This 50km round ride takes approximately four hours (excluding tastings) along a combination of trail and country riding from Arrowtown to Arthurs Point and back.
  • Difficulty: Grade 3-4, moderate riding experience is required.
  • Who for: Crafty pedallers

Cargo Gantleys Pub, Beer GardenCargo Gantleys Pub, Beer Garden

Lock 22 - 23 October 2022 in your diary for a weekend of making new mates and plenty of adventures on two wheels. Find out more information about the Cyclorama e-bike Festival and book your tickets here.