The Queenstown Trail is a spectacular mountain biking and walking trail running for over 90km alongside rivers, lakes and mountain ranges. It is in fact made up of a series of shorter trails that cover Queenstown Bay, Kelvin Heights, Jacks Point, Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley.
The trail takes you through some of New Zealand’s most astoundingly beautiful landscapes.
You can choose to ride the complete trail over 4-5 days or select from a range of the shorter options. The trail can be accessed from vaious points along the route.
Accommodation options abound in Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Gibbston or along the trail route itslef. There is also a wide range of cafes and restaurants located along the trail.
This trail takes you from central Queenstown all the way out to Jacks Point. An option could also be to do the Kelvin Heights to Jacks Point section by itself as this is slightly more technical than the Queenstown Bay to Kelvin Heights Route.
Starting near Queenstown Gardens the trail takes you along the shores of Lake Wakatipu via the Frankton Arm, Frankton Beach, over the Kawarau Falls Bridge and into Kelvin Heights. This first section finishes at the Kelvin Heights golf course where you can catch the start of the Jacks Point section.
Once on the Jacks Point section you’re treated to amazing views of Cecil and Walter Peaks and you will revel in the wilderness through which you now cycle. The trail finishes up at the Jacks Point Clubhouse.
This section can either be started in Queenstown or Frankton. For an easier ride it is advisable to do this route starting in Arrowtown. The route joins the Queenstown Bay to Jacks Point route at Frankton Beach. There is a path just past the school at Frankton Beach that takes you up through Frankton and through the Events Centre. The map clearly outlines your route to Arrowtown.
A side trip from the Arrowtown section is the Lake Hayes loop. This is a popular section with both walkers and riders. Riders must give way to walkers. It is an easy 8km trail that goes completely around the lake.
This trail takes you through the wine growing region of Gibbston Valley. The trail winds its way in between the Kawarau River and the many vineyards in the valley. Parking is available at both ends of the trail – at the Kawarau Bungy bridge and Waitiri Creek Winery.