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The Official Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Website

180km from Kingston to Walter Peak (or reverse)

From the urban excitement of the international destination of Queenstown to the agricultural hinterland of Southland, the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail offers an unrivalled diversity that inspires a sense of achievement and lifelong memories for any who ride it.  

The 3-5 day trail can begin with a bus trip from Queenstown down to the start of the trail in Kingston, the little township on the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu. If starting in Kingston, your ride will be completed with a cruise on board the iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamship back to Queenstown. Alternatively, the trail can also be enjoyed just as much when undertaken in the opposite direction. Options are also available to sample Around the Mountains Cycle 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.

Encompassing historic townships, rural farmland, pristine waters and alpine vista views, there is a delight around every corner. Cycle alongside the Oreti and Mataura rivers, through the native tussock lands of Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas Stations, and explore the secluded Mavora Lakes, one of the awe-inspiring locations used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, all as you enjoy the relaxed pace and ease of ride along the trail. 

The following services are available: (please note, all services you require must be pre-booked)

  • Bike hire
  • Luggage transfer
  • Accommodation booking service
  • Choice of independent, supported or guided single day or weekend rides
  • Sherpa Shuttle from Queenstown down the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston (available 01 November - 15 April)
  • Sherpa Shuttle between Mossburn and Mavora Lakes (available 01 November - 15 April)
  • Explore a working high country station
  • Steam across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw - New Zealand’s only historic steamship

The cycle trail is open all year round, peak season runs through the warmer months of 01 October to 30 April.

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