Arrowtown Bike Trail

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Riding the Arrow River Bike Trail From Arrowtown to Gibbston

The Queenstown Trail forms part of the national New Zealand Cycle Trail, and provides cyclists with over 100 kilometres bike trails to explore the region.   

Our favourite section is the Arrow River Ride which starts from Arrowtown and finishes in the wine region of Gibbston.  Along with leading cyclists through some of the most captivating scenery, the trail is a great way to take in the region’s wine, food and historic landmarks.

The trail features a series of seven ‘sections’ which allow you to ride a specific area rather than commit to cycling the whole route.  It’s also free with the only costs being the bike hire (if self-guided) or for a guided tour option with a bike tour operator.

The Arrow River Ride: Arrowtown to Gibbston
 
  • Length: 16km
  • Level: Fairly easy. Good for families and beginners.
  • Highlights: Arrowtown, Arrow River, Suspension Bridges, Kawarau Bungy Jump, Gibbston Wineries.

​This easy ride begins at the Arrowtown River carpark.  We’d recommend popping into Arrowtown first for a coffee and to browse this charming historic town.  If you have time pop along to see the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement - a free and fascinating attraction about early Chinese gold settlers.

You will cross five bridges over the Arrow River, some of them suspension bridges over gorges, and wind through pretty country lanes and onto the home of award-winning wines of Gibbston.  It’s a beautiful way to appreciate the magical setting, with plenty of 'gold' for your Instagram account.  The ‘Southern Discovery’ bridge makes a great shot, suspended high above the gorge below.

Once you’ve crossed the bridge, you’ll cycle down the picturesque Whitechapel Lane complete with quaint cottages and grazing horses.  A good place to stop is at the Knights Family Underbridge and take in the eye-catching view of the Arrow River dropping into the gorge.

The highlight for many is the impressive 80-metre Edgar Suspension Bridge.  Take in the view of the Arrow Gorge beneath you at the middle of the bridge. 

Cyclists and hikers can make a small donation at the ‘Wall of Recognition’ as a thank you to the landowners and community who help make the Queenstown Trail a reality.

You will end this section of the trail at the famous AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Bungy,  home of this iconic activity and where it all started. So, why not end the ride by throwing yourself off a bridge!

Close by are the wineries for a spot of lunch and wine tasting.  Gibbston Valley Wines has a restaurant, cellar door and cheesery on site. You then have the choice to ride back to Arrowtown or be picked up by your bike tour operator.

Bike Hire & Tour Operators:

Around The Basin
The team at Around The Basin are the local experts for scenic off-road biking in the Queenstown, Arrowtown and Gibbston area.  They offer mountain and electric bike hire, to half day or full day bike tours and winery biking adventures.  View More Info & Book.

Gibbston Valley Bike Centre
The Gibbston Valley Bike Centre allows you to check out some of the area's best trails on high-quality bikes along with a few fabulous extras.  Along with bike hire, choose from a range of packages to suit your budget, interests and timeframe.  View More Info & Book.

Bikes and Barbers
Bikes & Barbers offers expert advice and affordable electric bike hire for riders that want to go further and see more.   View More Info & Book.