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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.

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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.

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Queenstown: Kayaking or SUP Experience on Moke Lake

3. Queenstown: Kayaking or SUP Experience on Moke Lake

Explore the Queenstown backcountry through this kayak or SUP adventure on the beautiful Moke Lake, located only 20 minutes from Queenstown. This stunning location will let you see another side to Queenstown: a quieter, more peaceful side to the "adventure capital of the world." Your guide will collect you in a minibus from Queenstown and transport you out to Moke Lake. During the journey, you'll chat about the area, a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have for a local expert. On arrival at Moke Lake, one of the team will run through the safety briefing as well as any top tips before setting you up in the kayak and sending you off into the lake to paddle around at your own pace. Explore this horseshoe-shaped lake and admire the lush natural surroundings as you breathe in the fresh air and tranquility.  When you're done, return shore where there will be some traditional kiwi refreshments waiting for you.

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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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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.

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Queenstown: Self-Guided Cycle Trail

6. Queenstown: Self-Guided Cycle Trail

Enjoy a perfect half-day, independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Take in the panoramic alpine views looking towards the Southern Alps and Glenorchy, and The Remarkables mountain range. From Mt Nicholas, it is a leisurely, self-guided 14km bike ride to Walter Peak Station. Here you will jump on the TSS Earnslaw for your return cruise to Queenstown.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

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.

Absolutely incredible! Nice bikes, great staff, trails were excellent and very nice views. Take your time and have fun. A must when visiting Queenstown.

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

Jay was an awesome guy, had a great time on our honeymoon!