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Queenstown Cycle Trail

Combine this tour with our Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Tour for the ultimate Central Otago and Southland cycle experience.A

The Queenstown Cycle Trail starts in Otago’s world-renowned Wakatipu Basin.

Queenstown’s reputation as one of the world’s favourite adventure and cycling destinations is enhanced with the addition of this New Zealand cycle tour. The new Queenstown Cycle Trail is part of the New Zealand Cycling Trails network and unveils stunning new vistas, hidden ruins, spectacular architecture and world-class food and wine.

The cycle trail meanders through some of New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery, taking in the stunning landscapes of Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown, Arrowtown, Gibbston Valley, Clyde, Alexandra (Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail), Roxburgh (Clutha Gold Cycle Trail) and Wanaka and brings to you 5 days of spectacular cycling and local experiences.

For the first time ever, you can cycle across unspoilt private land… over mighty suspension bridges, ride alongside six iconic rivers and six lakes… all set in dramatic landscapes, some used for the now famous Lord of the Rings films.

We integrate into this New Zealand cycling tour The Queenstown Cycle Trail –The Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail and the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail.
  • Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail – Discover another world. This cycle trail offers a wilderness experience through the remote and stunning Roxburgh Gorge. Sit back and become immersed in the splendid isolation that is the Roxburgh Gorge.
  • Clutha Gold Cycle Trail – A journey of discovery – Ride alongside the powerful Clutha Mata-au River, through a secluded valley and gorge network and into lush green farmland. It is an easy grade trail that is full of variety, from undulating to flat to meandering.
Your fully guided Queenstown Cycle Trail journey starts and ends in the adventure capital of the southern hemisphere, Queenstown (or Christchurch), with transport available from Christchurch.
Tour Type

Cycling Tour


5 days / 4 nights




Book now for Next Season!

Please contact us for dates for next summer

  • Monday 16 November 2020-FULL
  • Monday 8 March 2021-FULL
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021-FULL
  • Monday 22 March 2021-FULL

Do You Have A Date In Mind?
We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.

Tour Itinerary

Price: NZ$2,150

Day 1

Queenstown to Arrowtown


Comfortable Motel

We travel to Kelvin Heights where your guide will fit you out with your bike.

You will bike through the world famous Queenstown landscape sidling beneath the willow trees alongside the Frankton Arm on The Kelvin Peninsula of Lake Wakatipu taking in the views of the peaks – the Remarkable Ranges, Cecil & Walter Peaks as well as Ben Lomond – which are stunning and provide a wonderful backdrop to this ride.

You then ride to the Shotover River past the airport  and on to Lake Hayes. (24km)

On arrival at Lake Hayes you will complete a circumnavigation of this idyllic lake (8km)

After the ride around Lake Hayes you then ride onto the finish for the day in Arrowtown. (6km)

From here to you drive to your overnight accommodation.

Day 2

Arrowtown to Clyde and Alexandra


Historic Hotel

Today we drive from our accommodation to Arrowtown where Day 2 begins. You cycle from Arrowtown along the Arrow River crossing over two very impressive suspension bridges and over the historic Kawarau Bridge to the AJ Hackett bungy centre (13km).

Take a break and watch tourists take their jumps, before we continue cycling into the Gibbston Valley, high above the mighty Kawarau River, to a boutique winery where we enjoy a picnic vineyard platter lunch (11km).

After lunch relax on the bus for the scenic drive following the Kawarau River to Clyde.

The afternoon cycle is a 14km ride beneath the willow trees, from Clyde to Alexandra, following the Clutha River. 

We transfer back to the delightful village of Clyde and our accommodation where you can have a walk around the historic precinct to appreciate the gold mining history of the township.

Day 3

Roxburgh Gorge Trail and Clutha Gold Trail


Modern Lakeside Lodge

This morning we travel a short distance to Alexandra where the Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail begins.

The trail through the Roxburgh Gorge is just stunning and will take your breath away.

A 10km cycle is followed by a scenic jet boat transfer from Doctors Point to Shingle Creek, followed by another 10km cycle to the Roxburgh Dam.

At the Roxburgh Dam we start the Clutha Gold cycle trail to Millers Flat (27km).

This section features orchards as well as gold mining relics which makes for a very pleasant scenic ride.

At Millers Flat we finish for the day, and then travel to our overnight accommodation at Lake Roxburgh.

Day 4

Roxburgh to Wanaka


Modern Hotel

After breakfast we head away on the bus to start today’s journey which will take us through to Wanaka. We drive through Cromwell and alongside Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River until we arrive at our starting point for today’s ride just outside the township of Luggate.

The ride takes us along the banks of the mighty Clutha River. The first leg of the cycle trail follows an escarpment overlooking the famous ‘Pioneer Rapid,’ and affords spectacular views of the distinctive ancient glacial terrace flights – on both sides of the Clutha, that define the river basin.

On reaching Albert Town, the cycle trail crosses the Cardrona River at ‘Pawson’s Crossing’, traverses the lower slopes of Halliday’s Bluff, and follows river escarpments to Reko’s Point Conservation Area, where the Upper Clutha Mata-Au negotiates a series of unusually swift ox-bows known as the ‘Snake’. The cycle trail continues to follow the river all the way to the outlet of Lake Wanaka. This stretch of the river is world-renowned for its trout fishing.

Today’s ride finishes in the stunning lakeside resort town of Wanaka where we stay the night.

Day 5

Lake Hawea and the Hawea River Trail to Queenstown


Today we head away on the bus and drive to our starting point on the shores of Lake Hawea.

Our ride takes us along the shores of this remote and spectacular lake.

The first part of our ride finishes in the small lakeside settlement of Lake Hawea.

Here we join the picturesque Hawea River cycle trail. The track is well maintained with a few uneven patches as it travels through kanuka groves, woodland and along river terraces. it is graded as easy and is a delightful way to complete our journey.

An excellent relaxing ride alongside this crystal river to finish of our 5 days of riding around this world renowned outdoor paradise.

From Albert Town we journey back to Queenstown and the finish of the tour.

What's included?


  • Night 1: Comfortable Motel, double or twin units with your own ensuite bathroom.
  • Night 2: A charming turn of the century hotel converted into bed and breakfast accommodation with either ensuite or shared facility rooms.
  • Night 3: Modern Lodge with bar and restaurant. Double or twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Night 4: Modern Hotel with double or twin rooms and ensuite bathrooms.

Double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the walk.


Bike Hire

We have bikes for hire and recommend you use them as they are tried and true in the areas we operate.

All of our bikes are fully maintained and serviced before they leave. Included in the cost of your cycle hire is a cycle helmet and safety vest.

You may use your own bike, but please ensure it is well maintained and fully serviced before your tour starts.



You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day,  and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings. If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking. Alcohol is not included in the tour cost, but is available for purchase most nights.



Tuatara Tours transports all your luggage for the duration of the tour.


Tour Kit Bag – Exclusive to Tuatara Tours

To ensure you get the very best out of your journey with the least of fuss, we provide you with a kit bag full of useful goodies.

This will be given to you at the start of your tour.

An experienced guide

Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.


All transport


Access and Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation


NZ Goods and Service Tax (GST)


Safety and Risk Management

To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.

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