Queenstown is a walking, hiking and biking paradise
A number of Queenstown walks and biking tracks start right from the town centre, while others take you deep into the beautiful New Zealand back country. The most recent addition is the Queenstown Trail, 100+ kms of stunning vistas, hidden ruins, spectacular architecture and world-class food and wine.
Queenstown offers a wide range of walking tracks, and biking and cycle tracks and trails for all levels of fitness. Whether you prefer an energetic mountain bike, a gentle bike ride or a multi-day walking adventure; a guided hike or an independent cycle trip, there is a Queenstown walking, hiking or biking option for you below. Looking for information about the various walking trails around the region? Visit the Department of Conservation website.
Your Queenstown Biking Adventure
Cross-country, trail riding, heli, downhill… whatever your cycling or mountain biking style, Queenstown’s got the terrain, rental and guides to suit everyone’s kind of bike ride. Hour long, day long or multi-day – you choose.
The Queenstown region is known for its diverse mountain bike trails – take your pick from adrenalin-inducing downhill and cross country mountain biking tracks, leisurely family-friendly trails, great road cycling opportunities and legendary bike parks for freestylers.
The annual April Queenstown Bike Festival is a 10 day celebration of bikes and the people who love to ride them: It’s all about the bike…and more! It is packed with events for both weekend warriors and hardened pros. Whether you’re a cross country rider, downhiller, freerider, roadie or a bit of all four.
Your biking holiday – all you need to know:
- Download the Queenstown Biking Map
- Check out the Skyline gondola
- accessed park open from late September to early May.
- Bike Hire
Take a hike !
Queenstown walking and hiking is world famous for the variety and beauty it offers.
The essential first stop is the Department of Conservation (DOC) visitor centre is located on the top floor of Outside Sports on Shotover St in downtown Qeenstown. It is part of an essential national network of information centres that specialize in information, maps and up to date weather and route information for many of the multi day hiking trails and huts that are available throughout the New Zealand back country.
The Otago tracks and walks can be researched here while the Fiordland track and hut information is here.
During the Xmas and New Year New Zealand holidays popular tracks do book out well in advance so it pays to get organised early if you are travelling at that time.
Alternatively you can make the most of your Queenstown adventure with a walking or hiking guide. Your walking guide will not only take you to the best and most suitable tracks, but will provide expert knowledge on the region, native plants and wildlife and safety procedures for New Zealand’s unique backcountry conditions.
Review some of the local options.