Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the iconic lake and mountain scenery around Queenstown, New Zealand. We followed part of The Queenstown Trail, which is a designated easy-intermediate (grade 2 -3) level cycle trail beginning at Lake Wakatipu and ending in The Gibbston Valley.
Well maintained cycle trail - image taken by writer
The complete Queenstown trail stretches 120 kms, and there are plenty of bike hire shops and bike tour operators in Queenstown offering pick-up and drop off transport services. It is also very accessible to join in smaller sections of the trail, depending on your abilities - with an optional circuit around Lake Hayes, before continuing through to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. This stunning section of The Queenstown Trail takes in the Shotover River and crosses a restored historic bridge.
The final section of The Queenstown Trail follows the Kawarau River and passes right through the famous Gibbston Valley wine region, which is perfect for those wishing to take a break for a little pinot noir cellar door tasting.
Overall, we found the trail to be perfectly maintained and clearly signed, with plenty of cafes to visit and places to stay along the way. The Queenstown Trail is open to ride at all times of the year, but can be very busy during peak holiday periods.