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Queenstown Trail

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Queenstown Round Trip (2-3 days, 120km)

The Queenstown Trail unveils close to 120km (including the trail’s loops) of spectacular cycle trail in Otago’s Wakatipu Basin.

The trail meanders through some of New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery, taking in the Gibbston wine area, the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown and the stunning landscapes of Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown. Riders will enjoy discovering hidden ruins, amazing architecture and historic bridges.

There are plenty of reasons to stop along the way: for a cheeky wine tasting at a world-class vineyard, to savour first-rate food and coffee, or to take the plunge with a thrilling bungy jump at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy.

You can make your own way along the trail, or to get the most out of your Queenstown Trail experience, contact one of the local tour operators for advice. They have the local knowledge and resources to help plan and organise you and your bikes, including bike hire, transport and pick-ups and drop-offs anywhere along the trail.

Queenstown’s reputation as one of the world’s favourite adventure destinations is well deserved. Once you’ve finished your ride there is a wide range of other tourist attractions to entertain and invigorate you.

The Queenstown Trail is a joint initiative of the Queenstown Trails Trust, the Queenstown Lakes District Council, and the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.

Lady of the Lake

Be mesmerised by the TSS Earnslaw, known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’, as she glides over Lake Wakatipu. She’s the last remaining coal-fired passenger vessel operating in the southern hemisphere and you can take a cruise and explore this elegant steamship, including the bridge and the engine room where stokers fuel the fireboxes.

Cruises can be combined with stops at Walter Peak High Country Farm, for a tour that includes hand feeding sheep and deer, sheep shearing and watching working dogs in action.

Winter Wonderland

Queenstown’s dramatic landscapes and dynamic activities ensure its position as New Zealand’s premier winter alpine resort.

Its vibrant, compact town centre always puts on a show for visitors.

Be Prepared

We love layers here in Queenstown! While the trail never ventures too far from civilisation, remember that this is an alpine environment and the temperature can drop very quickly.

A cold snap can come from nowhere, even in the middle of summer, so always check the weather and go prepared with extra layers of clothing.

Take a small day-pack with clothing, a puncture repair kit, and torch (just in case).

Helmets are compulsory for all trail riders.

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: Most parts of this trail have coverage for the major mobile networks.

DRINKING WATER: Don’t forget your water bottle. Most local businesses will be happy for you to refill your drink bottle along the way. Plus you can buy food and beverages along the trail.

Weather Info

Queenstown is beautiful any time of the year, though spring and autumn are particularly picturesque and provide great biking temperatures with plenty of daylight hours.

Summer can be stunning too, but choose your riding day very carefully in winter.

Average daytime temperatures in Queenstown:

Spring (Sept-Nov) 8 - 22 C
Summer (Dec-Mar) 20 - 30 C
Autumn (Apr-May) 12 - 25 C
Winter (Jun-Aug) -2 - 8 C

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John Dunn, New Zealand Cycle Trail
Cyclists will be attracted to the Queenstown Trail because of the iconic mountain scenery and the existing tourism attractions such as the wineries and the Kawarau Bungy venture. JOHN DUNN – Former Programme Manager, NZ Cycle Trail