Cycling in Queenstown and the Southern Lakes District

5 May 2016

Cycling is a healthy, eco-friendly and inspiring way to enjoy the wonders of this remarkable country. Whether you are a relaxed road cruiser, an amped-up mountain biker or a family wanting a different experience, cycling around Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Lakes District is an adventure you will cherish for a lifetime.

Traversing mountain ranges, farmlands, rivers and lakes, Queenstown’s bike tracks are world class and well known in the cycling community. From Heli-drop rides, rugged mountain tracks, scenic roads and wine trails, every taste is catered for.

Queenstown Bike Festival

If you’re in the area in March, check out – or join – the riders at the Queenstown Bike Festival. The ten-day annual event attracts hundreds of riders from around the country, to enjoy all things cycling. Event categories range from pro to slow and include mountain biking, cross country, night riding, movie night and kids competitions.


Hop in a chopper for a breath-taking flight up the ranges before making your way down on two wheels. There are over 400km of trails so rides can be matched to any ability.

Gorge Road Jump Park

From a distance it looks more like a scene from Ancient Egypt than a bike park, but up close you can see that those ‘pyramids’ are in fact rows of rolling jumps and valleys. The park is open to all during summer, and is looked after by the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club. The club also has dig nights every Wednesday, where interested helpers can help build new tracks.

Station 2 Station Cycle Trail

Southern Discoveries’ Station 2 Station cycle trail allows cyclists to enjoy a double cruise on Lake Wakatipu and a gentle bike ride, with an option of lunch.

Bike Storage on Spirit of Queenstown

The Queenstown Cycle Trail and Around the Mountains are two of the great rides, at 120km and 180km respectively. Both these tracks cover some truly beautiful country side. The roads of the Lakes District are also well maintained and make for great scenic riding.

If you don’t own a set of wheels, there are plenty of bike hire facilities in Queenstown and throughout the region so all you need is enthusiasm, a load of energy and a good water bottle to experience the ride of a lifetime!


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