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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.

Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

2. 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.

Wanaka: Self Guided Bike Tour from Lake Hawea to Lake Wanaka

3. Wanaka: Self Guided Bike Tour from Lake Hawea to Lake Wanaka

Get the most bang for your buck as you experience the most popular of any bike trip in Wanaka. Start your journey in Wanaka Town center where you will meet the experienced team to get you fitted for your equipment and receive a comprehensive safety briefing. Then, enjoy a leisurely shuttle from downtown Wanaka to the neighboring lakeside town of Hawea. Feel free to grab a coffee from a local cafe before setting out on the Hawea River Track, an easy riverside amble set in mountainous surroundings. Pass by Albert Town, where there are a few places to grab a refreshment, before continuing along the mighty Clutha River towards its source at Lake Wanaka. A picturesque lakeside trail will lead you back to Wanaka township, where ice cream and the famous Wanaka Tree await. After arriving back to Wanaka, extend your ride with a visit to Rippon Vineyard at your leisure. This is an exceptional ride offering great value for money. Upgrade your trip to an e-bike for an easier ride.

From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley Winery Tour

4. From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley Winery Tour

Embark on a self-guided bike tour of the Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley region. After a scenic 25-minute drive from Queenstown, arrive in quaint Arrowtown, your driver will provide you with an extensive briefing covering navigation and bike safety. Benefit from a detailed trail map to assist you on your journey before heading off on your cycling adventure. Enjoy passing through this historic gold-mining town before biking your way down the beautiful Arrow River Bridges Trail. Ride over the Kawarau Bungy Bridge and admire charming countryside views before finishing off at the Gibbston Valley Winery. Relax and refresh briefly at the winery before being shuttled back to Queenstown.

From Queenstown: Self-Guided Wineries Bike Tour

5. From Queenstown: Self-Guided Wineries Bike Tour

Begin your self-guided tour of Queenstown's wine region with a scenic shuttle transfer from Queenstown to the quaint gold mining village of Arrowtown. Here, get fitted for your mountain bike and learn more about bike safety and navigation from the experienced team. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the region and its wine. On your ride, choose to visit one of Arrowtown's many great cafés and explore the town or get straight into your scenic morning ride along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, home to the world-famous Bungy jump. From here, spend the afternoon biking at your leisure along the Gibbston River Trail using your informative winery map to visit as many of the 8+ wineries linked throughout this easy riding trail. Enjoy a relaxed lunch en-route or pack your own picnic to indulge in at one of the many wineries. If you choose the half-day tour option, you will get dropped off directly at the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. From here, enjoy a short 10 to 15-minute bike to the nearest winery. Get picked up at from the winery of your choice and dropped off back in Queenstown.

Queenstown: Guided E-Bike Tour with Winery Visits & Tastings

6. Queenstown: Guided E-Bike Tour with Winery Visits & Tastings

On this "Ride to the Vines" tour, you will cycle on a powerful e-bike that gives you an opportunity to ride faster and further. Thanks to the help of the bike, you will be able to spend most of your energy spotting interesting places and enjoying the local scenery along the way.  First, you will visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, and ride along the Arrow and Kawarau rivers. Crossing suspension bridges you will also visit the oldest bungy jumping bridge. Then the Gibbston Valley will welcome you with views of extensive vineyards as far as the eye can see.  At the boutique wineries, you will learn about the secrets of vine growing. Personalized wine tastings with your knowledgeable guide will make your trip exclusive and memorable.

From Cromwell: Lake Dunstan Trail E-Bike Hire & Shuttle

7. From Cromwell: Lake Dunstan Trail E-Bike Hire & Shuttle

We provide new Model e-bikes and a shuttle between Clyde and Cromwell. Ride either direction it doesn't matter. 10am meet in Cromwell to start (start from here if you choose to) or jump in the shuttle and be taken to the start of the trail by the Dunstan Rowing club in Clyde. Pick up options in the afternoon are 2.30pm from Clyde o bike drop off at the original starting point by 3.30pm. Meeting point at 10am : The Junction lookout, cnr Alpha and Inniscourt St, Cromwell Meeting point at 2.30pm : Sunderland St, Clyde This is an incredibly rewarding ride, and very popular. Forward bookings are essential.

Queenstown: Guided Mountain E-bike Tour

8. Queenstown: Guided Mountain E-bike Tour

Ride by e-bike to the top of Grant Peak, 800 meters above sea level overlooking just about all of the Wakatipu Basin. Benefit from this exclusive location and access to the private land, which makes this trail uniquely available with this tour. See the top mountains of the Otago area: The Remarkables (Kawarau), Cecil (Kamo) & Walter (KamoKamo) Peaks, Ben Lomond, Coronet Peak, The Crown Range, Mt Rosa. The Lake Hayes, Lake Johnson, Shotover and Kawarau Rivers, and the famous Wakatipu Lake. Take in all of these natural treasures within a 360-degree view. Learn about the local European history and gold mining time along with Maori legends about the Wakatipu basin and the Pounamu.

Arrowtown to Queenstown Bike Ride + 1 Way Taxi to Arrowtown

9. Arrowtown to Queenstown Bike Ride + 1 Way Taxi to Arrowtown

What to Expect? "The scenery is out of this world, 10/10 would do this again.!" Alex L Trip Advisor "This trip was a highlight of our holiday in Queenstown!." Phillip G, Trip Advisor "This is definitely one of the best things to do in Queenstown, I have done it twice now." Dave Bain, Trip Advisor Starting with a 20 min scenic shuttle into Arrowtown. Let our guide give you a brief lesson into the history of Gold Mining and some intriguing facts about our exquisite town. Here, feel free to ask us anything about Queenstown or Arrowtown. Upon arrival next to the trail, it will take us 10-15 mins to show you how to ride the bikes and how to get back in one piece. We promise! Try any one of the dining options below for breakfast, lunch or brunch. In your own time make your way along the Twin River trail across 7 bridges and 3 outstanding rivers. You will not find anywhere in the world like this! The rivers are great for directions and our detailed maps and great signage mean you rarely get lost. If you do find yourself stuck, we are always on hand to call or text. A fantastic choice for a family or an incredible date. The ride is recommended for 12 years* and above but nothing stops the younger and older from giving this one a shot as Arrowtown is 400M higher than Queenstown so a fairly steady downhill gradient with minimal uphill climbs. Again, if you get stuck we can do a recovery shuttle for the same price as Uber. *A Small E-bike is suitable for 145-150cm + Want to do this but not sure about fitness? Here's where our wonderful E-bike option is a God-send! Barely breaking a sweat and cruise along the river on a $3,990 2022 Giant E-bike. Probably the best rental fleet in Otago. Less exercise and more sightseeing. This option is only a $50 upgrade and 90% of customers choose this choice. ⚡ Dine options: AB Bakeries - Arguably the best bakery in Otago. ‍ Fork and Tap - Great little pub with fantastic garden dining Provisions - Delicious and healthy breakfast, brunch and lunch. Slow Cuts - Hidden gem, casual dining. Try the Chicken burger. Millhouse (Millbrook Golf Course) - Charming lakeside dining. ️ 11th Avenue by Frank's (Lake Hayes)- A hidden local cafe with great food ☕ Frankton Arm Tavern (Frankton) - Our favourite local pub with chargers ⚽ Note: 4 hours and 30 mins on average of riding at an average pace. About the bikes The Talon or Talon E + An Iconic standard in the Giant family bike industry. Simply, does its job. Rugged and grippy with hydraulic sensitive brakes which make you feel totally in control. Even in the Winter. ❄️ Not a step-through The Going Blue Team Our highly knowledgeable guides will have your back all the way with text check-ins and support throughout the day. We know these trails like the backs of our hands so we know how to find you if you get lost. Each guide takes pride in commentary and bike expertise. You couldn't be in better hands! +64277462583

Bike The Bridges - Half Day Supported Tour

10. Bike The Bridges - Half Day Supported Tour

Your four-hour supported adventure biking the Queenstown Trails begins with a scenic transfer from your Queenstown accommodation through to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. From here, you will follow the beautiful Arrow River Trail down stream to where it meets the Kawarau River. You will ride across two spectacular suspension bridges and then join the original miners' trail that crosses the famous Kawarau suspension bridge, home to the world's first bungee jump. You will finish your ride with a relaxed and complimentary wine tasting in the Gibbston Valley, before being delivered back to Queenstown. Thorough directions, a map, and trail tips are given at the start of your adventure, along with driver and vehicle support at designated points throughout your 15km off-road ride.

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LOVED IT!! Shay is such an amazing tour guide!! Highly recommend doing this with a group of friends or someone. I went solo, it was still so much fun. The tour guides look after you. I felt really safe, they are also great encouragers when it gets to the tricky parts.

A really enjoyable ride from Lake Hawea to Wanaka with the family. We didn’t use ebikes and some parts were a bit tricky, would definitely recommend ebikes if not fit or experienced riders. The stop at the patisserie was really nice.

Gorgeous scenery. Super convenient with the hotel pick up and drop off. Operator was so nice and friendly. Definitely enjoyed it. Highly recommend it to other travellers.

Such a fun way to explore Arrowtown and Queenstown! Stunning views! I booked a normal bike and found the ride quite easy.

Great bikes, and guides, easy to use and the tracks well maintained..... from a first time e-bike user, I loved it!