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Our most recommended Otago Electric Bike Tours

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

1. 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.

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Arrowtown to Queenstown: Self-Guided Bike Tour

2. 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.

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Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley: Self-Guided Bike Tour

3. 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.

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Queenstown: Self-Guided Biking Experience from Arrowtown

4. Queenstown: Self-Guided Biking Experience from Arrowtown

After being collected from your accommodation you will travel for 20 minutes out to Arrowtown. Upon your arrival, your staff will spend time ensuring that everyone is comfortable on their bikes. Following this, they will run you through a full safety briefing and inform you about all the best trails to take back to Queenstown, including the best places to check out and stop at along the way. Once you are ready to go, you will jump on your Hardtail Cruiser bike or premium e-bike to start the trip back to Queenstown at your own pace. You will cycle alongside the stunning Arrow, Kawarau, and Shotover rivers, as well as other lakeside trails and historic bridges. You will also be given maps which contain all the information you will need to make the most of your trip back to Queenstown. Once you have finished your ride, you can choose to ride back to the center of town to the pickup point at Speight's Ale House. Alternatively, ride back to your accommodation and your guides will come to collect the bikes from there.

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Queenstown: Half-Day Guided Ebike Wine Tour

5. Queenstown: Half-Day Guided Ebike Wine Tour

This half-day adventure begins from the town center and transfers you to Arrowtown. From there you will set off with a local guide and a fully kitted ebike for a one-of-a-kind ride through the Wakatipu Basin. This gentle track winds its way through quiet river valleys, down quaint country lanes, and over impressive suspension bridges. As you enter the Gibbston Valley, enjoy a break at the historic Kawarau Bridge and visit the World Home of Bungy. The ride continues along the strikingly blue Kawarau River and through lush vineyards. The reward comes at the Kinross Cellar door where you will end the day sipping boutique Gibbston wines. The trail is easy and hard-packed, perfect to explore on an ebike. Unique in Queenstown, these bikes are built to keep the trip scenic, comfortable, and fun. The ebikes are “Dutch Style”; upright with a taller frame and a riding position that gives greater comfort and visibility. They are easy to ride, simple to operate, and allow for as much or as little effort as the rider wants to exert. They are also fitted with panniers for gear and any purchases along the way. Mudguards to keep the rider clean and fresh. This guided tour covers all the bases: a fully kitted ebike with panniers, water, snacks, wine tasting, guide, and vehicle support at designated points along the trail. This tour is perfect for those who want to get out and get active (but not too active) and finish the day tasting some delicious regional wines.

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From Queenstown: Self-Guided Wineries Bike Tour

6. 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.

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Queenstown: Guided Mountain E-bike Tour

7. 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.

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

8. 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. The final stop is at a local farm café, where you can have lunch and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the valley. You will then be transferred from the café back to town.

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Bike The Bridges - Half Day Supported Tour

9. 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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Otago Central Rail Trail E-Bike Self-Guided Cycling Trail

10. Otago Central Rail Trail E-Bike Self-Guided Cycling Trail

In Clyde, you are fitted with your E-bike and briefed for your tour. Your driver will then take you to Auripo, on the way go through historic Ophir crossing one of New Zealand’s most iconic bridges, the Daniel O Connell Bridge. Built in the 1880's, Lord of the Rings fans may recognise it and your driver will give you a full commentary on all things local on the way. On arrival at Auripo, you will cycle off down the trail to the Poolburn Gorge. First up is the 40m high Railway Viaduct, closely followed by 2 tunnels. You will then cross the longest bridge on the Trail, and find little village of Lauder with the original train station (returned to the original spot after years of fundraising) awaits. From Lauder continues onto Omakau, from here you can add on a short detour to Ophir, check out New Zealand’s oldest operating Post Office, cross the historic stone bridge and re-join the Trail in Omakau. Crossover Tiger Hill and earn a drink at a local country hotel, before following the Manuherikia River to Alexandra. Then it is back via Rail Trail to Clyde or divert through Alexandra and follow the stunning River track back to Clyde.

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What people are saying about Otago

Awesome views, lovely bike ride, and overall neat experience! Would recommend! My partner and I used the ebikes which were super fun and made the bike ride a pleasant experience. We did the 35 km ride and it took us about 5 hours to complete, we were taking our time and stopped occasionally photo breaks. Legs did not hurt the next day thankfully!

Cruised down the river track, laughing as the e bikes helped with the hills, maxed them out on the flat, wobbly bridge was a bit scary, checked in at the G valley winery then enjoyed the terrain back to Queenstown, finished with a well deserved cocktail, brilliant day.

Such a cool day. E Bikes make it so cruisey and enjoyable - and our guides for the day (Jono & Sam) were the best! Highly recommend if you’re looking to get out and see some amazing scenery while having fun - and finish it off with some amazing wine! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Good safety briefing. Bike in excellent condition. Stunning views.

Fantastic guide, fantastic views and a great event.