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Arrowtown to Queenstown: Self-Guided Bike Tour

1. Arrowtown to Queenstown: Self-Guided Bike Tour

Head out on a scenic 25-minute drive to Arrowtown. Get set up with your bike, receive trail tips, a map, and a safety briefing and then depart on your independent adventure ride. Explore Arrowtown and grab a coffee before setting off to ride at your leisure along the Arrow River Bridges Trail toward Morven Ferry Intersection. From here, either take a diversion to the Kawarau Bungy or follow the Twin Rivers Trail along the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and onward to Queenstown Bay, where you can return your bike. If you are unsure if you can handle the distance, upgrade to an electric bike for only $50 more and keep the good times rolling.

Queenstown & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

2. Queenstown & Gibbston Valley: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tours

Become your own tour guide for a day and enjoy having the freedom to explore the best parts of Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Gibbston Valley without being rushed or constricted by any pres-set schedules. Enjoy the fun and soak up the amazing sites of Queenstown. No need to make an itinerary and drive yourself, your friendly drivers will look after you and provide you with information on each location. Hop on and off as you please, visit as many destinations as you like, and choose how long you stay at each spot. Stop options include: • Shotover Jet boat ride • Canyon Food & Brew Co • Strike Bowl bowling and entertainment center • Cargo at Gantley’s taproom • Arrowtown historical gold mining town • Gibbston Valley Cheese • Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan • Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door • (November to April) Wet Jacket Wines • AJ Hackett Bungy • Waitiri Creek & Cargo Brewery • Brennan Wines • Mt Rosa Wines • Kinross Cellar Door & Bistro • Gibbston Tavern and Rockburn Cellar Door • Gibbston Valley Winery • Altitude Brewing • Quartz Reef Wines at The Rees Hotel

Queenstown Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Discovery Tour

3. Queenstown Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Discovery Tour

Embark on an adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery, thrilling 4WD action, and LOTR filming locations. Visit the filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), Gladden Fields, the Ford of Bruinen, and more.  After pick-up from your hotel, journey around the Wakatipu Basin to see The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the three movies. Travel part way up Queenstown Hill for a bird's-eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. From the viewpoint, head to Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath - 'Pillars of the Kings'. After Kawarau Gorge, travel to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring scene at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown, you will experience a true off-road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River, cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. Here you can indulge in a refreshing afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning. From Arrowtown, travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon for spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and into the Canyon.

Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

4. Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy having the team collect you from your accommodation before you cycle from Arrowtown to Gibbston Valley yourselves or get dropped off at Gibbston and explore the area by bike. All staff are locals and will have some top local tips for you. Once you have been fitted to a bike  and are all ready to go, jump on a Hardtail Cruiser bike or Premium E-bike to start the trip at your own pace.  You will be given maps that have all the information you will need to make the most of the trip back to Queenstown. The ride is between 2-20 kilometers: you can choose to be dropped off at Arrowtown for a 20-kilometer ride or at Gibbston Valley for a 2 kilometer ride.  Once in Gibbston Valley, you can stop by a range of award-winning wineries. These include Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm, Peregrine, Mt Rosa, Waitiri Creek/Cargo Brewery, Peregrine, Gibbston Tavern, and Gibbston Valley Cheese experience, to name a few.

From Queenstown: Guided Gin Tour with Tastings

5. From Queenstown: Guided Gin Tour with Tastings

Join a gin tasting tour from Queensland in the company of a passionate local guide. A delight for your taste buds, this tour will lead you to the Cardrona Distillery, The Winery - Arrowtown, and the Gin Garden by the award-winning Broken Heart Spirits. Begin the tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Queenstown and head to the historic Cardrona Valley. Go on a guided tour of the Cardrona Distillery and their facilities followed by a tasting of their products. With your newly-gained knowledge from Cardrona Distillery, move on to your second stop at The Winery in Arrowtown. Choose from an array of gin paddles curated for your drinking pleasure and snack on a shared grazing board. To conclude, enjoy a boutique tasting at the Gin Garden by Broken Heart in Arthurs Point. Sample locally-distilled spirits made from NZ Southern Alps water and handpicked Kiwi botanicals. Then, head back to your hotel or stick around and have some cocktails (at your own expense).

Queenstown Beer Tours

6. Queenstown Beer Tours

Hop on board to enjoy a day out and discover Queenstown's up and coming craft beer scene. Your tour includes 3 stops, 12 tastings, and a delicious lunch - a great way to spend an afternoon in Queenstown. You will be picked up at your hotel and then venture outside the center of Queenstown to try award-winning local beers. You will head through the historic Arrowtown and to the gorgeous Gibbston Valley, before returning to Queenstown, passing by the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu. Interact with local brewers and sample the best brews they have to offer. You will be dropped back to your accommodation or to Queenstown’s favorite, Smith’s Craft Beer House, where you can continue to test your palette!

Queenstown: Arrowtown and Gibbston Half-Day Scenic Tour

7. Queenstown: Arrowtown and Gibbston Half-Day Scenic Tour

Travel from central Queenstown in style in a luxurious Mercedes van complete with complimentary water and wifi. Throughout the tour, your guide will provide informative and entertaining commentary along with great kiwi humor. Start the tour off at an observation point right above Queenstown where you will get the best panoramic views of the city. Then drive through the gorgeous countryside below Coronet Peak to Arrowtown, a quaint, little gold mining village nestled below the mountains alongside a river full of gold. On your way passing over the renowned Shotover River catching a glimpse of the legendary Shotover Jetboat. Once in Arrowtown, you will have time to explore Arrowtown, not to mention sampling the outstanding local bakery pies. Continuing on to Gibbston, you will visit the iconic AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Bungy, providing entertaining spectating for all. The Gibbston Valley region is also home to many Lord of The Rings film locations and cool climate wines. Head to the next stop, a local cellar door where you can sample delicious, award winning wines and enjoy shared cheeseboards. You will then head back to Queenstown where you will finish off your day with a relaxing 30-minute scenic boat cruise on Lake Wakatipu.

Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

8. Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

Experience the very best of Queenstown’s renowned wineries and restaurants by night on the region’s first progressive dinner tour. We take you on a social night out to meet new friends with amazing local wines and stunning food. Start your evening with a scenic drive to Arthurs Point to enjoy an entrée and an award winning gin/vodka tasting flight. Take a drive through the valley of the vines for a stunning main paired with local Central Otago wines in the Gibbston Valley wine region. Wrap up your night with a decadent dessert in the heart of Queenstown paired with an after-dinner digestif, cocktail or wine with views to the lake.

Queenstown: Full-Day Lord of Rings Tour with Lunch

9. Queenstown: Full-Day Lord of Rings Tour with Lunch

Start with pickup from your hotel in Queenstown and travel west along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy and Paradise. Discover a wide variety of filming locations throughout the tour with your expert guide. Bring the films to life with a variety of movie props you can use to recreate movie scenes at the filming locations. Enjoy photo stops in the Paradise region of Mount Aspiring National Park, with some short walks on easy trails. Explore the Forest of Middle Earth and discover the settings for scenes of Lothlórien. Stand on the Isengard Lookout and admire the scenic views of the area. Return to Queenstown for lunch at a local café, before heading east of the city for the afternoon portion of the tour. Discover Gibbston and Arrowtown and visit the settings for Gladden Fields and The Pillars of the Kings. Pan for elven gold in the river, and journey along a portion of the scenic Skippers Canyon Road, which was the setting for scenes featuring The Ford of Bruinen. Enjoy the spectacular scenic views over the Wakatipu Basin throughout the tour, with drop-off back in Queenstown in the evening.

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What people are saying about Arrowtown

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Bloody awesome ride, I highly recommend. My partner and I did the Arrowtown to Queenstown ride on regular bikes (not electric). We are fit so found it enjoyable. There were a few challenging hills but they were over quickly. You definitely will need an electric bike if you don't ride long distance regularly. We did the ride in 4 hours and that included taking a side ride to the bungy. That adds on 10km to the overall ride. Take lunch or snacks as you will absolutely need the fuel. We had planned to eat at AJ Hackett bungy but the cafe was shut due to being short staffed, so go prepared. Beautiful scenery and nice gravel type tracks all of the way. Absolutely tired post ride, you will get a workout, but such a great day out. Tip: wear gloves (unless it's summer). Best thing we did otherwise our hands would have been freezing.

Jay is out of this world brilliant. Totally recommend booking the eBikes for this trip. There are some hills and hair pin turns where the electronic functions help out a lot. The wineries are brilliant - especially Mt Rosa - do yourself a favour and have their mulled wine. Divine!

Loved it...great bunch of people, and all 5he places we stopped were really welcoming. Our driver Pete was fun, and shared lots of knowledge about the places we stopped. Definitely recommend.

Best bike ride I have done. E- bikes the way to go. All off road. Trails fantastic Beautiful scenery - valleys, mountains, rivers, and finishing back along Lake Whakatipu

We had the most amazing day. Staff very friendly and helpful. Beautiful scenery along the entire trail. Best time we had in NZ, would definitely do it again, Thankyou !