Cycling in Queenstown
One of the finest ways of experiencing all that Queenstown has to offer is from a bicycle seat. Biking across the beautiful rugged regions surrounding Queenstown is a once in a lifetime holiday treat for lovers of the great outdoors. Explore the hidden remote areas off the tourist trail as you and your companions cycle cross country through bike-trails quite literally off the beaten path. The possibilities here endless – Queenstown offers biking adventures to suit all tastes from leisurely rides across wine country to white knuckle downhill heli-biking trips through challenging terrain. Whatever your skill and fitness level, bike rental outfits in Queenstown can hook you up with high-end bikes, experienced local guides, tour packages and more.
Here are some of the different cycling package available in Queenstown:
Mounting Biking – Everything from scenic back-country tracks and spectacular lakeside paths to jump parks and heli-biking trips to remote areas are available for the mountain biking enthusiast. Furthermore, Queenstown is also home to the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere downhill mounting biking park accessible only by gondola.
Guided Cycling Tours – A guided tour is always a fun and relaxing way of exploring a new bike trails in an unfamiliar area and finding the best views. Guided tours range in scope from short day trips to multi-day adventures across the countryside on bike. One of the biggest benefits of going on a guided biking tour is to meet and socialize with other cyclists who share your passion for adventure on two wheels.
Rent a Bike and Head Out on Your Own – For those who prefer their cycling holidays solo, there’s nothing wrong with getting kitted out at one of Queenstown’s many bike shops and heading out on your own. Queenstown bike shops can rent you everything from mountain to electric bikes and can also offer helpful information on organizing your trip, show you the basics of bike safety and maintenance and give you invaluable advice on local cycling trails.
You have all the gear and are eager to head out. What are the best Queenstown biking tracks to explore?
Queenstown is a cyclist’s paradise. There are a number of biking tracks that start from the town centre that will take you on a scenic journey into the heart of the countryside. The popular Queenstown Trail is a 122km off-road network of bike paths that cover some of the most picturesque spots in and around Queenstown. These include Lakes Wakatipu and Hayes, Arrowtown, Gibbston and the wine country in between. What’s more there are shuttle rides available back to Queenstown so you can get back to your accommodation in ease – a perfect end to a fun-filled day.
Combining biking with other forms of transport is also a fun way to explore the region and take in the sights along the way. A vintage steamship ride followed by a bike ride is a great way to experience the Around the Mountains Trail to Mavora Lakes and some of the smaller towns and settlements beyond.
Thanks to Queenstown’s mild climate biking is available all year round (provided you are wearing the right clothing!) so you are free to experience the best biking trails in the Southern Hemisphere no matter the time of year your next vacation in scheduled.