The Lake Dunstan Trail

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Cycling The Stunning Lakeside Track from Cromwell To Clyde

The Lake Dunstan Trail connects the towns Cromwell and Clyde and takes between 4 to 6 hours to complete by bike.  It's less than an hour's drive from Queenstown if you are starting your ride at Cromwell.

The 42km trail offers cyclists and walkers a moderately challenging journey across beautiful landscapes so characteristic of Central Otago as it winds alongside Lake Dunstan, the Kawarau River and the Clutha River Mata-au.The region's pioneering and Maori historical stories are presented along the way, some of which are brought to life in the Clyde and Cromwell Historical Precincts.  Before starting the trail at Cromwell, we'd recommend taking the time to look around the Cromwell Historical Precinct which is also a handy stop for coffee and food.

Soon after Cromwell you will pass through vineyards of Bannockburn which form part of the world-renowned wine growing region of Central Otago.  The trail is close enough for a spot of wine tasting at Carrick Winery.  It's then onto a winding track that hugs the lake for a memorable ride. 
As you near Clyde, take time to stop at the Clyde Dam before crossing the much photographed Clyde Bridge and into the historical precinct of Clyde.  There are a number of accommodation and food establishments to enjoy in both Clyde and Cromwell.  

Drinks & Snack Stop: 

Good news...Coffee Afloat is a coffee and snack boat docked halfway along the trail between the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and Clyde Historic Village.   What better place to enjoy one of the most remote coffees you will ever have.  Barista coffee, cold drinks, ice creams, fresh baking and snacks are on hand.
Trail Sections:
  • Smiths Way to Cromwell - 16km, easy.
  • Cromwell to Bannockburn Inlet - 7km, easy/moderate.
  • Bannockburn Inlet to Cairnmuir Gully - 11.3km, moderate.
  • Cairnmuir Gully to Halfway Hut - 8.4km, moderate.
  • Halfway Hut to Dunstan Arm Rowing Club - 10.7km, moderate.
  • Dunstan Arm Rowing Club to Clyde Heritage Precinct - 3.5km, easy.
Lake Dunstan Bike Services:
SheBikesHeBikes - Bike hire and transport. 
BikeItNow - Bike Hire and Transport.  Can also include Queenstown shuttle pick up and drop off.
Wanaka Bike Tours - Bike hire and transport if you are staying in Wanaka.
Trail Tips:
  • Be aware of severe weather conditions: heat, high winds, rain and cold.
  • Take at least 2 litres of water, food and warm, layered clothing with you.
  • Carry a mobile phone with you although note cell phone coverage is limited.
Trail Map:
Click here to view/download a detailed map view of the trail.
Video & Photos:
Video - Lake Dunstan Trail Highlights
Instagram - #lakedunstantrail
Photo - My Little Local