Date: 27th February 2013
The variety of Queenstown hiking and biking options will impress even the most hardened enthusiasts. With the Southern Alps on your doorstep and the lake and rivers to explore, outdoor lovers can choose from a leisurely amble down the lakeshore before dinner to a multi day expedition above the snow line. The best introduction for visitors is the recently completed 100km Queenstown hiking and biking trail. As the safest and most well marked trail in the area, it takes you past Lake Wakatipu and Lake Hayes as well as along the banks of three rivers. Visit Arrowtown, explore the vineyards of the Gibbston valley and stop by the historic Kawerau Bridge to watch the Bungy action, all at your own pace. Accommodation providers can also arrange pickups, so after that two hour vineyard lunch you can be transported back to town. The trail is suitable for most levels of fitness and there are a number of local shops that can rent quality mountain bikes and helmets as well as providing maps and advice.
There are also extensive Queenstown hiking and biking options away from the main Wakatipu Basin. Consider the 16km track up the Arrow river to the historic goldmining settlement of Macetown. With 22 river crossings ( cyclists may have to dismount) using the formed track you’ll definitely feel you’re getting away from it all.
For cyclists who love the thrill of a downhill run and want to make the most of their time, the gondola accessed Queenstown bike park provides 500 metres of vertical lift to the start of their trails.
Graded for beginner up to expert the purpose built bermed trails are a biker’s heaven. Add to that the stunning views in the way and adrenaline will be with you for most of the day. The choices you get with Queenstown biking and hiking options mean you’ll always have a reason to return for the trails you never had time for the first time.
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