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The Queenstown Trail

A Multi-Day Excursion with NZ Cycling Journal

Jacks Point, Queenstown Trail
Will Nelson

The Queenstown Trail is one of Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trails' 23 Great Rides. The Great Rides are a network of trails that provide a safe and sustainable way to explore some of New Zealand’s most special places.

As NZ Cycling Journal discovered, the Queenstown Trail allows you to take in the quieter – and often unseen – parts of the Southern Lakes region. Click below to read the full account of this multi-day journey that began on the shores of Lake Whakatipu and meandered from Queenstown to Gibbston, returning via historic Arrowtown, taking in the epic views of lakes, mountains, and rivers... 

- Photography by Jake Hood -


Riding in the shade of willow trees along the Arrow River Bridges Trail is ideal in the height of summer.

Single track on the Twin Rivers Trail

Crossing the Edgar Bridge on the Queenstown Trail

The Bush Creek Track is part of the Coronet Loop, an epic backcountry ride.

The Queenstown Trail offers a diverse range of riding from easy grade 1 trails to more challenging grade 4 tracks.

Bush Creek, Coronet Loop.

Bridges are a constant feature on the Queenstown Trail - the Kawarau Bridge.

The Upper Shotover Bridge, Twin Rivers Trail

Spectacular views from the historic Upper Shotover Bridge

Good food and wine is never far away on the trail - Kinross Winery & Cellar Door

Bike friendly accommodation is easily found in Queenstown - Kinross Cottages

Mount Rosa Winery on the Gibbston River Trail

Chewing the fat with Guy Bonas from Mount Rosa Winery

Parting shot - riding through the tree-lined streets of historic Arrowtown

Queenstown is a natural playground providing an incredible backdrop to all sorts of adventures.

To help plan your next adventure visit the Destination Queenstown website. 


Destination Queenstown

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