Queenstown and Arrowtown cycling and mountain biking

The Queenstown historic precinct is a perfect base for your cycling vacation.

Queenstown offers the enthusiastic or casual cyclist amazing cycling. Road or mountain biking, it’s all here.

Group rides from Queenstown

Road cyclists may like to join one of the local bunch rides during your visit. There are  two Queenstown bunch rides each week. These are informal - not organised by any club or group: 

  • Tues 6pm Old Shotover River Bridge [Below Quail Rise]: medium pace bunch ride.
  • Wed 6pm R&R Queenstown: Fast bunch ride turning to very fast home.

Arrowtown trails

Some of New Zealand’s best road riding starts in Queenstown’s historic precinct of Arrowtown.

  • A ten minute ride brings you to the base of New Zealand’s highest state highway – The Crown Range. As you climb up you may well decide not to enter the Alpine Classic. Each year contestants race this route to Wanaka and return - 136 km! Make a loop and return via Luggate.
  • State Highway 6 north offers spectacular riding past vineyards and orchards, thru gorges to alpine lakes.
  • Glenorchy Road. Spectacular mountain scenery following Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s longest lake (80 km), to the alpine village of Glenorchy.
  • State Highway 6 south in the shadow of the spectacular Remarkables Mountain’s, then lakeside to Kingston.

Road racing

The Central Otago Wakatipu Cycle Club has a race calendar from October to April annually. 

Mountain biking and off-road cycling

Mountain bikers and off-road cyclists are not left out of the Queenstown cycling scene.

Rated ‘easy’ and suitable for all abilities, the Queenstown Trail  is a looping 100 km (60 mile) trail leading around alpine lakes to vineyards and winery restaurants. Part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle-Hike Trail, tick off a section each day.

  • Day1: Ride to the famous Gibbston Valley vineyards for a winery lunch.
  • Day 2: Choose a looping trail around beautiful Lake Hayes.
  • Day 3: Too many choices. These trails are rated easy and suitable for all cycling abilities.

Technical rides

Those looking for more technical challenges will want to consider:

  • Macetown. A ghost-town from the goldrush era. One of New Zealand’s classic mountain bike rides. More than a dozen river crossings keeps riders focused!
  • Remarkables Mountains. A challenging climb leads to a sinuous descent following historic water races.
  • Skippers Saddle. Awesome scenery combines with screaming downhill singletrack. Keep one eye on the track.

Base yourself in Arrowtown

Now you have discovered a cycling mecca you need a convenient base for your visit. Cyclists of all abilities have worn a track to Queenstown’s historic precinct – Arrowtown, just 15-minutes from downtown.

Why? Here you can enjoy riding directly from your hotel to trails right on your doorstep. No need to fight with the more than 21,000 vehicles traversing the downtown area daily!

Cyclists looking for a luxurious nights rest and the best of Kiwi cuisine will find it here. The historic precinct is a dining mecca. Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel offers famous Kiwi comfort and hospitality. Within a five minute walk from your hotel you’ll then discover more than 20 bars, cafes, brew-pubs & restaurants. These include Saffron restaurant, rated in the ‘Worlds Top 100’ by Conde Nast Traveller, and Amisfield Bistro, a finalist in the New Zealand Restaurant of the Year Awards. 

Arrowtown House can assist you with both self-guided and guided cycling tours. 

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