Around The Basin Bike Tours
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Run by passionate cyclists Steve Norton and Lisa Cooper, Around The Basin has been operating since 2012 and Steve and Lisa have more than 25 years in the adventure tourism industry.
Around The Basin offers a range of tours including:
Half Day Tours
Arrow River Trail Supported Tour: A four-hour adventure through the best of Arrowtown's scenery. Ride the beautiful Arrow River Trail across suspension bridges and past river gorges and follow an old miner's trail to the Karawau Bungy bridge before enjoying a wine tasting in Gibbston Valley and returning to Queenstown. Winter: midday to 4pm. Summer: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm.
Bike The Wineries: Take a self-guided tour around the local wineries along the Gibbston River Trail. A cheesery, historic tavern and many wineries are available on this trip and you can visit as many as you choose. Summer only (see below for our year-round option).
Full Day Tours
Bike The Wineries: Begin with a shuttle transfer from Queenstown to Arrowtown. Choose to explore Arrowtown or a cafe stop before your bike along the stunning Arrow River Trail to the Gibbston Valley. Here you can visit a range of unique wineries and a cheesery for tastings and lunch before being picked up at the end of your day for your return shuttle to Queenstown.
Ultimate Ride - the best of the Queenstown Trail: Starting with a morning drop off in Queenstown Bay, this ride takes in the shore of Lake Wakatipu before stopping for morning tea at the historic Boatshed Cafe. Transport is then provided to the heart of the Wakatipu Basin for more riding. After a picnic lunch bike along the Arrow River Trail and through the Gibbston Valley. A wine tasting takes place before your return to Queenstown. This tour can also be upgraded to an electric bike option.
All tours include transport where appropriate. Directions and maps are given at the start of the trip or you can opt to upgrade and have one of the company's knowledgeable guides accompany you.
Electric Bike upgrades are available on all tours if you feel like the ride might be too strenuous for you, or your group has mixed fitness and abilities. To get some extra pedal power, talk to Around The Basin.
Mountain bike and electric bike hire is also available at competitive rates and Around The Basin offers a do it yourself bike hire and shuttle service throughout the Queenstown Trail routes for independent bikers.