Queenstown Cycle Trail
Weather: Queenstown is in the mountains so be prepared for temperature extremes and afternoon breezes. And, if a southerly wind blows through, there is the potential for snow to low levels and cold nights, even in summer.
Overview: Rater than having a clear start and end to the trail, the Queenstown Trail centres itself from Queenstown and offers a number of day trip options towards Arrowtown, Gibbston Valley and Jacks Point. There is enough variety and difficulty to keep most cycle trail riders happy.
Queenstown Cycle Trail Description
The Queenstown Trail has so much variety that there are rides for beginners, novices and even advanced riders. The official website lists all the different options according to difficulty or the town you’d like to visit. There are easy options like the 15km Lake Wakatipu ride, intermediate options like the Twin Rivers ride that take you off the beaten track to discover the remote and rugged landscapes and some of the best picnic and fishing spots on the trail and then the advanced Jacks Points ride with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. Mix and match to create the perfect trip for your ability the weather and the time you have available.
We incorporate highlights of the Queenstown Trail into 2 of our tours, our Around the Mountains Experience and our West Coast Wilderness Experience. The exact route we choose on each tour depends on a number of factors, including the group ability/preferences and the weather.
Want to ride this trail? We incorporate the best of the Queenstown trail into 2 of our tours:
What Our Customers Say…
It got me off my devices and into a beautiful place in the world. Everything was taken care of, I could take my time getting better at riding no handed. I was expecting something that was annoying and bothersome but it was great. The company made it even better. A wide variety of choices, my only complaint is that the choc chip cookies didn't last long enough! How would I rate the tour? Wonderful. Perfect. Amazing. (The Tour Leaders) were wonderful and very pleasant to be around. Bikes were perfect. The constant breaks to get more food and the little rest stops were wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, i hope to be back one day. Thank you for the unforgettable experience.
How did I rate your bikes? The gearing range was perfect The high performance riders didn’t feel under geared and the newbies found the granny gear ok for things like the Tarn Brae high point section. With the strong head wind… the reversal of section directions to cater for the wind direction was welcome. The "add ons" like the Hot Tubs, Clay Cliffs, Gliding, etc. added a lot of colour and value to the whole experience
Our (Tour Leaders), both very experienced riders, environment gurus, had loads of experience in the field, with our bikes and handled the needs of the group with easy care. All brilliant gear. The hills were a challenge for me but once completed didn’t seem so bad. Bill managed them easily! Favourite aspects of the tour?
1: The scenery
2: Our guides
3: Company of other riders!
The (Tour Leaders) were great, so patient and accommodating for everyones needs. Fantastic, unique accommodation, really enjoyed the variety. The bikes were really good for the type of ride. I enjoyed the entire ride and the organization that went into making it such a great experience. Thank you.
Everything was so well organised that it was often not obvious the effort that was being made by the Tour Leaders to make everything cone together smoothly. Definitely exceeded expectations.
My expectation was to be open and go with the flow. I really like the idea of local food source so I did enjoy the food we had. I really enjoyed the trip and appreciate the effort that has gone into organising this, thank you very much.
The Tour Leaders were excellent guides and companions, appreciated that they joined us in all the social activities. The accommodation was great - enjoyed the variety - the last night was fantastic - a fitting end to a great week. The bikes were excellent - gears easy to use and the seat comfortable. Loved the rides around the lakes, the food and accommodation. The tour is excellent.
This was a wonderfully well balanced trip. I had read a few reviews so my expectations were high, I was still very impressed with the planning and thought that went into the trip. The food was outstanding, all the accomodation was spotless and comfortable. I especially liked the quirky ones. The Tour Leaders were nothing short of exceptional, they both understood and worked with the group well. We brought our own bikes, but as a bit of a bike geek I was impressed with the quality of the hire bikes. Just keep up the exceptional overall standard.
Clearly the (Tour Leaders) were driven by meeting our needs. The fixing of the shower head at father teds was a classic example. Great scenery helps along with superb weather, good gear, good routes, good food, good accomodation and a personal approach to our every need. I’m busy, my wife organised this I "turned up" no expectations of what the cycle trip would deliver. Got focussed when we got started and think it represented value for money. Exceeded my expectations.
Superb tour, was much more than we expected. The food was A1, especially the salmon served to us the first night, cooked by the guys. The only fault was too much nibbles, especially at the end of the day before dinner. All great, loved the different type we stayed at each night, first class, loved all the stories they told and their knowledge of the areas. Good service overall. Loved it all, thanks especially to (the Tour Leaders) - they were the greatest.
The tour was first class. Way better than I expected. They (the guides) were very professional and yet personnal. Their knowledge of the area and history was invaluable. I could not suggest anything better. Surpassed my expectations. My favourite aspects of the tour? The little things the guides did for our group to please, like limoncello drinks, reversing the stage from Kurow to Duntroon and suggesting my wife travel in the van over the hill area from Omarama to Kurow. The patience they showed was much appreciated. Plenty of praise for the attention to detail.
Our tour was beyond expectations on every level. Loved the variety of country accomodation and the motel was great for two nights and of course the highlight of Burnside and all her history. The guides were delightful, calm, humorous, nothing was any trouble. Th equipment was excellent, no trouble to change when there was a small issue with my bike. Thoroughly enjoyed the 6 days, i think you've done a great job and will definitely ride with you again.
We also had pretty high expectation as you know but you still blew us away with your clear and accurate guidance, exceptional attention to detail and also the weather !! Just loved it all!!
How did the trip compare to expectations? Much better in all aspects. Excellent choices of places to eat, accommodation a variety and always comfortable. I loved [the guide’s] enthusiasm for everything we did and the surprises they arranged.
Keep up the great work and I look forward to joining you again for our next adventure. It was a fabulous few days.
west coast wilderness had so much diversity , beautiful tracks, stunning gorges, fantastic train trip, and breathtaking helicopter ride over glacier. I enjoyed the whole experience…
I’ve been on lots of guided tours all around the world incl TDF, Vietnam, Greece, Turkey, UK and you have surpassed everything I have experienced...
It was all great ... the quality of the hire bikes, the variance in the riding trails and scenery, the surprise variance in accommodation, the excellent food and a distinct feeling of remoteness and discovery all wrapped in a well organized package to suit most abilities.
Fabulous accommodation, outstanding guide, everything was just perfect. I loved every single minute of it.
All accommodation was very good. All food was excellent. The guide’s home cooked meals/breakfasts were great. Meals out delicious. Also liked the fact that when we ate out we could have what we liked without restrictions. We suggested it could be marketed as a gourmet tour!
How to make one of my favourite parts of the world even more stunning? By cycling the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Trail. The track is great, the scenery totally beautiful.
The bikes, the scenery and the accommodation and food exceeded my expectations. I have done very little mountain bike riding and was even a little apprehensive about it. As it turned out, I loved the bikes and my confidence on them soared. I could have taken my bike home with me!
Scenic, stupidly beautiful and achievable for all levels. I never felt we were under time pressure, you could go at your own pace.
Short stages, great gear, easy riding, fun guides and great food. It was a wonderful trail with an abundance of history through the beautiful Central Otago.
Excellent support, superb catering, the homestead was perfect and an extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide. Made us feel very welcome.
The food was exceptional, and the chef cooked meal was an incredible experience. The last day from Mavora Lakes to Walter Peak exceeded my expectations.
All the food options were great. Kingston Homestead was wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble and I liked the fact that there were 2 nights at each accommodation so you didn't have to pack up each day.