Gibbston River Ride on the Queenstown Trail

The trail begins at end of the historic Kawarau Bridge - itself a major attraction, being the home of A J Hackett’s (and the world’s) first ever bungy.

The AJ Hackett Centre is a stunning piece of architecture, well worth a visit - a fabulous café, toilets and of course tickets for that bungy jump you've been promising yourself.  As you leave the AJ Hackett carpark follow the signs to the DoC administered famous Gibbston River Trail. From here-on your journey takes you into wine country.

As you ride towards the east you’ll be spoilt for vistas - The Kawarau River far below on your left and to your right, the Gibbston vineyards, architectural masterpieces and iconic Central Otago landscapes. You’ll also pass through a rare pre-1900 fruit orchard and rock huts left over from the goldrush.

Nothing can prepare you for the stunning, international award-winning Peregrine Winery building sitting lightly on the landscape. Inspired by Peregrine (native falcon or Karearea) in flight, it has won awards from London-based Architecture Review magazine and the NZ Institute of Architects.

At Waitiri Creek, stop in for a breather and a taste of their finest wines and meals.

Across the State Highway, make an afternoon of it at the Gibbston Valley pub, a real central Otago treasure.

Take your time in Gibbston - order a delicious picnic hamper packed with freshly-baked baguettes, cheeses and antipasto from Gibbston Valley Cheeses and find a shady spot for your picnic or enjoy an afternoon at the award-winning Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant.

For wine enthusiasts, it doesn’t get any better than a guided tour through the Gibbston Valley Wine Caves. These unique caves have been blasted out of the solid schist of the mountains, to create an ideal natural environment to mature award-winning wines.

From Gibbston your options are to head to Arrowtown via the Arrow River Bridge Ride or back to Queenstown via the Twin Rivers and Wakatipu Lake Ride Trail or call for a transport pick-up for you and your bikes.

NOTE: THIS IS A DOC TRAIL WHICH IS SUITABLE FOR WALKING.  ONE SECTION IS NOT YET SUITABLE FOR CYCLING SO PLEASE FOLLOW SIGNAGE CLOSELY.

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