The weather can be hot and dry during summer and a lack of shade in parts make sun block essential. Riders will pass through mountainous terrain for much of the way, and snow can fall in spring and autumn as well as winter. Riders should always check the forecast and take appropriate clothing.
Transport & tours
To get to Walter Peak Station and the start of the trail involves a scenic cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship from Queenstown. Local shuttles can transfer riders between Queenstown and Kingston, and luggage between overnight stops.
There are a number of operators who offer a variety of independent and supported tours, as well as bike hire and transport arrangements. Book your transport in advance.(opens in new window)
The tourist mecca of Queenstown makes a great base for this trail and the many others in the area. There are also numerous accommodation options along the trail at Mossburn, Five Rivers, Athol, Lumsden, Garston and Kingston. See the Southland Tourism and the Around The Mountain Cycle Trail website(opens in new window) for more details.
Accommodation along the section of trail between Mt Nicholas Station and Mossburn consists of camping only at the Department of Conservation campsite at Mavora Lakes(opens in new window).
Around the Mountains(opens in new window) - the official trail website
Official Southland tourism(opens in new window) information
Nearby tracks and trails
The Queenstown Trail, Macetown, Wanaka Lakeside Tracks Lake2Lake Trail(opens in new window)