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Around the Mountains

Our People

  • Mike and Lynley Barnett

    The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail was conceived by Lynley Barnett while mountain biking from Mavora Lakes to Walter Peak in 2007, suggesting that ... read more

    The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail was conceived by Lynley Barnett while mountain biking from Mavora Lakes to Walter Peak in 2007, suggesting that this ride was so beautiful it should be made into a tourist product. Mike Barnett took up on the idea and developed the concept of an Around the Mountain cycle trail linking the small towns of Mossburn, Lumsden, Athol, Garston, Kingston, and Queenstown.

    Mike Barnett is a tourist consultant and Lynley Barnett is an accountant, based in Queenstown.

    Lynley & Mike have recreation interests in walking/tramping, road cycling and mountain biking and have commercial interests on the Otago Central Rail Trail, Hauraki Rail Trail, West Coast Wilderness Trail and Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

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  • John Knight

    John Knight and his family have been around Queenstown for a long time. In 1995 he established Outside Sports, now the biggest outdoor sporting ... read more

    John Knight and his family have been around Queenstown for a long time. In 1995 he established Outside Sports, now the biggest outdoor sporting retailers in the Southern Lakes area with branches in Queenstown (in Shotover st in the main Queenstown area and the Outside Sports Icebreaker Touchlab at Queenstown Airport), Outside Sports Te Anau in the main street of Te Anau and Outside Sports Wanaka in Ardmore st, Wanaka. Outside Sports also have an extensive ecommerce shop at www.outsidesports.co.nz.

    He also co-founded Climbing Queenstown which also operates out of the Outside Sports Ride Centre on Brecon st, Queenstown below the Skyline Gondola base and offers rock climbing, via ferrata, alpine mountaineering, alpine trekking and more. He is also a director of Trail Journeys LTD, the main itineray operator on the Otago Central Rail Trail and of Kayak Adventures Queenstown. He is also a director of Around The Basin LTD, a company set up in 2012 to offer supported and guided cycle trips on all the trails of the Wakatipu Basin around Queenstown.

    He is married to Judy. They have 2 children, Benji & Ruby, and live near Lake Hayes in the Wakatipu Basin, Queenstown.

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  • Chris Lebiecki (Guide / Ops Manager)

    Age:26. Bikes: Specialized Stumpjumper Evo, Specialized Demo 8. Self-confessed lover of Queenstown and all things bike and snow related. Keen rider ... read more

    Age:26. Bikes: Specialized Stumpjumper Evo, Specialized Demo 8. Self-confessed lover of Queenstown and all things bike and snow related. Keen rider of all the cross country and downhill biking the region has to offer.

    Arrived 4 years ago and the Mountains and Lakes have proved too magnetic to leave anytime soon.

    Worked as a bike mechanic throughout school and college, managed bike workshops in the UK and Australia then came to work at Outside Sports in Queenstown.

    Gained guiding skills in both skiing and mountain biking to now work as ‘Head Guide and Operations Manager’ for ‘Around The Mountains’.

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Outside Sports
9 Shotover Street, Queenstown