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The Great Ride - 4 Days

One of New Zealand's most iconic, scenic and popular rides.


See the quieter side of Queenstown while absorbing the silence and beauty of incredible New Zealand alpine scenery some of which can't be seen unless you're investing time to explore on the bike trail.

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Trail Notes

One of the most popular trails, this ‘Great Ride’ starts in Queenstown gardens, and covers 130 kms of incredible terrain, including majestic mountain views and wonderful lakeside scenery. It’s a relatively easy ride, covering Grades 2 – 4. This 4-day journey begins in the Queenstown gardens, and wends its way through Frankton, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown and Gibbston before ending at Jackson’s point.

Day 1 starts at Queenstown Gardens, continues to Frankton Beach and follows the shore of Lake Wakatipu and then on to Kawarau Bridge. From there you’ll head to Kelvin Grove and follow the Kelvin Peninsula Sculpture Trail around the Queenstown Golf Course nearing Jardine Park which is a wonderful place to enjoy a lunch admiring fabulous view of Lake Wakatipu. After lunch, the Jack’s Point Trail starts in Jardine Park which hugs the shores of the Lake Wakatipu and head to Jack’s Point Clubhouse. There’s an optional Grade 5 section here for advanced riders. You’ll retrace your steps and end the day in Frankton.

Day 2 – Follow the signs on the Kawarau Bridge for the Twin Rivers. At the Shotover confluence, head upstream and join the Countryside Trail. Take time to admire nature at finest with spectacular views of rivers, lakes and mountains while at the same time, being able to appreciate access to hot coffee. You’ll cover some of the Lake Hayes trail as well before ending the day in the historic Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

On Day 3, you’ll join the Arrow River Bridges Trail and the Gibbston River trail heading for Gibbston, (a noted wine valley) where you’ll spend the night. Take the time to explore some of the boutique wineries and sample some of the wares – but not too much, you still have a bike ride to finish!

Day 4 begins with you retracing your steps to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and heading for the Twin Rivers Falls trail recrossing some previous territory (only this time on the opposite side of the bank) before connecting to Frankton track and finally returning to Queenstown.

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