Twin Rivers Ride from the Kawarau Falls Bridge to Lake Hayes Estate

Hugging two of New Zealand’s most iconic and picturesque rivers, the beauty and remoteness of this section really sets it apart.

Make sure to take a picnic and refreshments as it’s the most remote part of the trail. The ride starts at Kawarau Falls Bridge and after a short cycle through residential streets, the trail meanders down to wind along the Kawarau River’s edge and takes you up into the famous Shotover Delta.

You’ll cross the Shotover Bridge which is an historic local landmark and another great spot for a stop. Fully restored by the Rotary Club of Queenstown, it provides exquisite photo opportunities – you’ll be spoilt for backdrops!

Wending your way along the banks of the Kawarau River there is a picture postcard view around every bend as you climb and descend to the sparkling aquamarine Kawarau river bed.

This ride includes a few steep-ish climbs but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with some of the most majestic views in New Zealand.

Just before you reach Billie’s Bridge which crosses Hayes Creek, head for the picnic sign on your right so picturesque. Sit back, relax and drink in the splendor and isolation.

At the top of Thompson’s hill the longest and last hill on this ride, stop and admire the view across the Kawarau River up to the majestic Remarkables Mountain range. Relish the easy descent through tranquil pastoral land surrounded by three mountain ranges.

Enjoy the experience of cycling through an underpass whilst deer roam on farmland above you. The Twin Rivers ride ends at Morven Ferry Road where you can either carry on to Arrowtown or head into the Gibbston Valley for a spot of lunch and wine tasting!

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