Queenstown Biking and Hiking

Queenstown Biking and Hiking
We round up the best ways to experience Queenstown by hike and bike.

Whether you’re looking to increase your fitness levels, or just get out into the great outdoors, Queenstown has a cornucopia of breathtaking trails for hiking and biking that suit every traveller.

Bike Trails

Lake Wakatipu Ride

Difficulty: Easy  |  Time: 1-2 hours | Distance: 15km

If you’re after some refreshing outdoor time, then this trail is for you. Get out an about and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Lake Wakatipu and its surrounds. This ride is nice and flat, perfect for families or novice riders who prefer to soak in the surroundings then break a sweat.

More info here.

Arrow River Bridges Ride

Difficulty: Easy | Time: 2-3 hours | Distance: 16km

Hop on your bike and travel through the sights and sounds of Arrow River. This is yet another easy ride, which weaves its way past quaint cottages and grazing horses, over magnificent bridges and transports you right to the gateway to wine country.

More info here.

Gibbston River Ride

Difficulty: Easy | Time: 2 hours | Distance: 8.7km

Prepare to not be able to ride back from this one. This beautiful ride is perfect for foodies and wine-lovers, taking you through Queenstown’s famous ‘Valley of the Vines’, if you can resist popping into the surrounding wineries then you’ll be fine, otherwise prepare for some alternative transportation. Ride between restaurants and the region’s famous wineries for a truly spectacular foodie experience you will never forget.

More info here. 

Hiking Trails

Jack’s Point

Time: 4 hours | Distance: 5.6km

A mere 18 minutes from Queenstown, Jack’s Point is the perfect place to take in the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu and mountain views over rolling hills and open grassland.

More info here.

Queenstown Hill Time Walk

Time: 3 hours | Distance: 4.2km

This Queenstown area has some of the most spectacular scenery and natural landscapes. Start off with a 500m climb through pine forest and come up at the summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intesnse sacredness) where you can take in the serene beauty of the surrounding land.

More info here.

Ben Lomond

Time: 3-8 hours | 40km

On this trail you can choose to walk to Ben Lomond Saddle (3-4 hours return) or to Ben Lomond Summit (6-8 hours return). Travel through native beech forest on the One Mile Creek Walk or beautiful Douglas fir via the Skyline Access Road. This walk requires a decent level of fitness but the reward in unrivalled. On clear days you can spot Mount Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi and Aspiring/Tititea.

More info here. 



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