Experience some of New Zealand's most scenic landscapes by bike. Queenstown is the gateway to six of New Zealand's Great Rides, making it the perfect base for your next biking adventure.
Queenstown is your basecamp for cycling in the lower South Island. Six of New Zealand’s Great Rides are accessible from Queenstown, five in the Otago region and one in Southland. There’s no better way to explore our superb nature and scenery than on two wheels.
Our sunny alpine climate is ideal for bike rides and there are accessible trails everywhere for all ages and abilities. Whether you’re in the mood for a short ride or planning a multi-day mission, Queenstown has a cycle trail for you.
The Queenstown Trail is New Zealand’s most popular Great Ride, developed and managed by the Queenstown Trails Trust. Over 130kms of beautiful off-road trails lead from Queenstown to Gibbston wine country via Arrowtown. Ride past lakes, along rivers, through stunning alpine vistas, heritage sites and vines. Wherever you ride, you’re never far from a refreshing pitstop at one of our region’s celebrated cafés, cellar doors and restaurants.
The Otago Central Rail Trail, the new Lake Dunstan Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail and Clutha Gold Trail are only a short drive away in neighbouring Central Otago and many operators provide pickup services from Queenstown. Or if you're planning to head south on The Around the Mountains cycle trail, this begins with a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw steamship to Walter Peak before you hop on your bike to start your cycling journey.
Bike tours, bike hire, and trail transport make planning and booking your cycling adventure a breeze. With trails of all abilities and world class amenities, Queenstown is the perfect base for a biking adventure and the gateway to a region where the biking options are endless.
Surrounding Great Rides
Great Rides Map
Use the interactive map to explore the five Great Rides in and around Queenstown.