FAQ's from the Queenstown Trail

How long does it take to ride the full 100+kms?
How hard are the rides?
Can I walk the trail?
Answers to these questions and many more...read on below

How long does it take to ride the full 100+kms?
How long have you got!. The trail is designed so you can do as much or as little as you like. Got an hour or two? Ride the Lake Wakatipu Trail Plan your ride and find rides by grade. Or for the ultimate experience, allow three days and discover Queenstown at a leisurely pace. Meander through the majestic Central Otago landscape, across historic bridges and through the countryside. Stop off at vineyards for a cheeky wine tasting, savour the best of food and coffee or do a thrilling bungy jump! Find accommodation along the trail or contact a transport operator to organise for you and your bikes to be picked up and dropped off from anywhere on the trails. To get the most out of your Queenstown Trail experience, talk to one our local tour operators – they’ve got the local knowledge and can help plan, organise, hire and transport you and your bikes. Whether you’ve got four days, one day, half a day or a couple of hours, there’s plenty of great ride options here.

How hard are the rides?
While it’s not exactly flat, the trail is relatively easy and suitable for most ages and abilities. If the going gets tough, many riders opt to walk their bike up the steeper hills which aren’t too long.  (locals tip:- Queenstown is at the lowest point of the Wakatipu Basin, so rides commencing from Queenstown will be a climb)

Can I walk the trail?
Of course – the trails are mostly 2+ metres wide and have been designed for walkers AND cyclists to share. Make a day of it and pack a picnic or stop off at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the way. 

Can I hire bikes and gear?
Queenstown and Arrowtown are geared up for cyclists and can hire everything you need in including cycles, helmets, child seats and! Check out these cycle hire options.

Where can I get a map?
You can download and print a map from our website http://www.queenstowntrail.org.nzto take with you on the trail . There’s plenty of signage on the trail so you won’t get lost - plus there are usually other riders and walkers enjoying the Trails - the locals are friendly, just ask them!

Who can ride the trails?
If you can ride a bike, then you can ride our Trails! - the Queenstown Trail has been designed for everybody to enjoy – and it’s free! Whether you’re a regular mountain biker, a family with young children or a feisty nana, there’s a part of the trail that’s for you. Because there’s no fixed start of finish spot, you can ride or walk for an hour, a day or three days.

Is there transport to get us (and our bikes) back to our vehicles?
Absolutely! Bike operators, accommodation providers and tour operators’ offer pick up and deliver services. Local transport operators can help you out.

Any tips on when to ride the trails?
Queenstown is beautiful all year round – Spring and Autumn are particularly picturesque and provide great biking temperatures and there’s plenty of daylight hours.

Summer is stunning of course but choose your riding day carefully in Winter!

Summer (Dec-Mar) mid-teens to late-20º C
Autumn (Apr-May) 8º to 16º C
Winter (Jun-Aug) -2º to 10º C
Spring (Sept-Nov) 8º to 17º

Remember though, Queenstown is an alpine environment and can turn cold very quickly. Be sure to pack extra layers, just in case (and suntan lotion in summer)!

What kind of bike is best?
The trails are finished in smooth gravel and well-maintained. For safety and comfort, we recommend mountain bikes with big tyres. You can hire bikes and all the gear you need from businesses in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Gibbston. All tour operators also provide cycles.

Can I get lost on the trails?
Along the trails you’re never more than a couple of kilometres from a main road or settlement, so it’s difficult to get lost for any length of time. The rides are all very clearly signposted with detailed maps, distances and destinations easy to find. Your biggest decision will be where to next.

Is there mobile phone coverage along the trails?
On most parts of the trail you’ll have coverage for major mobile networks. In a medical or other emergency dial 111 for Police, Fire and Ambulance, this will connect you directly with the emergency operator. There’s no need to add an area or country code