Queenstown Trail

The Queenstown Trail  is a cycle and walking trail funded as part of of the New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) system, linking Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Gibbston area.

To get the full ride gpx, select the "Route Sheets" tab above, and click on the download button.

The 2 minute video of our Nov 2016 ride is here:

History: Before being renamed the Queenstown Trail, the original name for the network of trails in the region was the Wakatipu Trails. The trail was opened in October 2012.

The trail is solid, very smooth and mainly through farm land or bush. It follows the terrain, often near rivers and lakes in a series of tracks that also access public land. In some places it also passes through private land such as working farms, where riders are encouraged to stay on the trail. Several places on the trail have steep drop offs sometimes near rivers. Occasionally bad weather can cause slips to occur which can temporarily close parts of the track.

Queenstown - New Zealand's adventure capital is built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes. It has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, which  lives up to its name by rising sharply to create an impressive backdrop for the lake. The highest point in the range is Double Cone (2319 metres). The ski fields are popular during winter.

The section of the trail we rode follows Kawarau River, which drains Lake Wakatipu. The river is used for adventure activities including river boarding, jet boating, white water rafting and river surfing. Aeroplanes landing at the Queenstown airport often fly down this valley - you can see one on our video.

The Lower Shotover Bridge was built in 1871 as a traffic bridge but now offers cyclists great 360 degree panoramic views of the Shotover River. The shallow waters of the Shotover River feed into the Kawarau River,

Thompsons Hill is pretty tough, but it will reward you with great view down the river.

Edgar Bridge  is an 80m long suspension bridge over the Arrow Gorge and named after Sir Eion and Lady Edgar. The views are stunning and also a little scary for those afraid of heights!

The Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge was completed in late 1880, and formed a key access route to the Central Otago goldfields. This bridge replaced the punt at Morven Ferry. It was replaced by a new highway bridge on State Highway 6 in 1963. In November 1988, Bungy pioneers AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch launched the World's first commercially operated Bungy Jumping Site, off the bridge. As you ride over the bridge, jumpers are leaping off next to you!

We got back via Queenstown Bike tours, who picked us up at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and returned us to Queenstown for $30 each

This page is the property of Follow My Ride, a website detailing off road cycle tracks near Perth and in Western Australia. This page is on the Queenstown Trail NZ.