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The Official Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Website

The Around The Mountains Cycle Trail offers the best of easy back country cycling in the beautiful environs of Queenstown and Northern Southland. 

The cycle trail is open all year round but most cyclists ride from 1st October to 30 April. The multi-day trail begins with a bus trip from Queenstown down to the trail start in Kingston, the little township on the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu. Again for this coming Summer the bike trail will finish at Centre Hill and start again at Mavora Lakes Park. During the season a bus service from Mossburn to Mavora Lakes (approximately 55km, partly on the main highway to Milford Sound and partly a 100km / hr shingle road) will be running. You will start riding again from Mavora Lakes before finishing on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at Walter Peak Homestead. Your adventure continues will a boat trip across Lake Wakatipu on the historic steam ship, the TSS Earnslaw, ending up back in the southern jewel of Queenstown.

The trail encompasses stunning views, historic towns, farmland, lakeside biking and alpine vistas. You cycle alongside rivers, through the native tussock lands of Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas Station, home of Icebreaker merino clothing. Your ride will start in New Zealand’s premium tourist resort of Queenstown and finish at Walter Peak Station returning by the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown.

  • Sherpa Shuttle from Queenstown down the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston
  • Stay at small rural townships and have a beer with the locals
  • Sherpa Shuttle backcountry roads into bushclad Lake Mavora
  • Explore a working high country station
  • Steam across Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s only historic steamship

You can also sample the Trail by either doing our guided one day ride from Walter Peak homestead to Mavora Lakes and return (with bus support / backup) or by doing an independent ride from Walter Peak homestead. For more information on these ride options please click on Our Rides tab.

The following services will be available:

  • Choice of multi-day independent riding, supported or fully guided trips
  • Bike hire, Sherpa shuttles, luggage transfer and free accommodation booking service
  • Choice of independent, supported or guided single day or weekend rides, either from Kingston or Walter Peak Station.

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