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On the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, part of Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure in the picturesque wilderness of southern New Zealand with the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail! This unique trail takes you from the bustling energy of Queenstown to serene agricultural landscapes of Southland, showcasing a range of contrasts.

Cyclists of all levels will be thrilled with the diverse experience offered on this 186km trail, which can be tackled in either direction, starting from Kingston or Walter Peak. Take your time and enjoy the journey at a leisurely pace, it’s an easy trail to conquer!

Adventure and hospitality await!

Get ready for an exciting adventure as Mother Nature showcases her power in the Deep South.
Be prepared to face unexpected challenges, adding an extra layer of excitement to your journey!

Pedal through historic townships and rural farmland, soak up the alpine vista views and marvel at the pristine waters of the Mavora Lakes – one of the awe-inspiring locations featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cycle alongside the Ōreti and Mataura rivers and through the native tussock lands of Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas stations – both authentic high country farms.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time!

Map

A detailed look at the trail and all of the stops along the way.

Planning

Find everything you need for your adventure along the trail.

Supplies

There are several stops along the way for supplies.

Accommodation

From camping to motel to luxury stays, find all you need here.

Camping

Prepare to pitch your tent amidst picturesque campsites.

Eat and drink

The fuel to keep you pedalling, we’ve got it covered.

Bike hire

The most important piece of equipment, hire available here.

Things to do

There is plenty to explore off the proverbial beaten track.

Tour operators

We partner with the best of the best and have everything covered.

Transport providers

Assistance with getting yourself from one point to another.

Adventure and sustainability on Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Sustainable travel is about making responsible choices that promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability while providing a unique and authentic travel experience.

The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail offers the opportunity to explore the stunning region of Southland while minimising your impact on the environment and supporting local communities,

Our communities are committed to showcasing our regions stunning natural beauty while preserving it for future generations and openly welcomes visitors to experience our place encouraging responsible and sustainable travel practices.

Every effort has been made to use sustainable building practices and materials on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail. The Cycle Trail operators work closely with local communities to promote environmentally friendly practices such as recycling and reducing waste.

Trail Update following flooding event

Update 15 December 2023 - Trail Open with temporary bypasses in place - Please use caution

Following the flooding event in September, bypasses are in place and our maintenance crew has been busy smoothing out the affected areas between Centre Hill Shelter and Mossburn. While this isn’t a full repair at this stage, it certainly has evened out some of the loose gravel and improved the riding experience. The main areas of flooding damage are: • Centre Hill Shelter to Mossburn - Trail scouring and exposed areas of large gravel. There are two bypasses in place due to erosion. Near Centre Hill and Christies Road • Athol - Between Athol Five Rivers Highway and Paddys Alley Rd there is a bypass in place • Kingston - Near the top of the switchbacks there is some water scouring Please take care while riding the trail, signage advising cyclists to dismount their bikes and walk through damaged areas is in place.

Centre Hill Bypass

Christies Rd Bypass

Athol Bypass

Accommodation

Graceland B&B
Graceland B&B

Graceland B&B offers accommodation with free WIFI and secured parking for cars and bicycles. There is a private bathroom in all our rooms. We also offer a free continental breakfast included in our pricing. After a day of hiking, cycling or fishing, guests can relax in our garden or lounge areas.

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Lumsden Motel
Lumsden Motel

The Lumsden Motel is your ideal accommodation. Your hosts, Tracy and Brian Ross, offer you a warm welcome. Clean, spacious, comfortable self-contained units await your arrival. Off street parking, guest BBQ, trout smoker and outdoor socialising area is all provided. A short walk to local eateries and a Four Square supermarket, the motels are located opposite the […]

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Five Rivers Retreat
Five Rivers Retreat

Five Rivers Retreat is based 7km north of Lumsden and offers accommodation on a working farm in the heart of Northern Southland. It’s an ideal base for trout fishing with the Acton Stream and Oreti River nearby, and we are conveniently located across the road of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail access. Our home […]

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Wheels and Reels accommodation & shuttle service
Wheels and Reels accommodation & shuttle service

Wheels and Reels accommodation is situated in Mossburn on the busy gateway route into Fiordland and the busy Milford Sound. Centred on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail we offer great accommodation and a comprehensive shuttle service for cyclists across the entire trail. Wheels and Reels shuttle service can be tailored to suit your needs […]

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Lumsden Hotel
Lumsden Hotel

Located on the main street of Lumsden the fully renovated Lumsden Hotel provides old-world country hospitality with spotless, airy rooms, a generous guest lounge, a warm and welcoming bar and a large relaxing garden. Great food is available from our kitchen at almost any hour and picnic lunches can be provided.  Only an hour by […]

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Mossburn Country Park
Mossburn Country Park

Welcome to Mossburn Country Park, a privately owned holiday park run by Colleen and Stuart and their much-loved Labrador, Andrew. Enjoy a relaxed and quiet 28-acre farm setting complete with hand-reared farm animals for all guests to enjoy. Located 3.3km from Mossburn (cycle trail entrance) on SH 97, this is the perfect stopover point, approximately […]

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Kingston TOP 10 Holiday Park
Kingston TOP 10 Holiday Park

Kingston TOP 10 Holiday Park offers comfortable and spacious self-contained motel units, ensuite log cabins, standard cabins and RV/tent sites. Fresh linen and towels are provided for you in all motel units and cabins. Unlimited Wi-Fi for every guest, hot showers and a great location. Secure bike storage is also available during your stay. To […]

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The Shearers Quarters
The Shearers Quarters

Situated on the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail, The Shearers Quarters at Fiery Creek Farm have been renovated and turned into a private two-bedroom apartment, adjoining the main house. As guests of the Shearer’s Quarters, you’ll have private use of 2 bedrooms, a bathroom & kitchenette, as well as use of the terrace area, and […]

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Royal Mail Hotel
Royal Mail Hotel

Our historic hotel is in the heart of beautiful northern Southland providing quaint and affordable accommodation.  We pride ourselves on ensuring our guest’s stay is comfortable and provide personal touches including locally roasted Roar coffee, handmade soaps and shampoos as well as fresh, organic eggs from our “backyard ladies”.  The hotel has been extensively and […]

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Welcome Rock Trails
Welcome Rock Trails

Welcome Rock Trails, located 3 km east of Garston and the Around the Mountains Trail offers hiking, biking and accommodation set on a private high-country farm. Established in 1911 this family property is 1000m above sea level, nationally protected, remote, peaceful, rugged, and romantic. On-Farm Accommodation Options: Kit’s Crib (tiny home, opening October 2023) is […]

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The Lodge Athol and Holiday Park
The Lodge Athol and Holiday Park

Welcome to The Lodge Athol and Holiday Park Athol, Northern Southland – just an hour from Queenstown, Te Anau, Invercargill and Gore. So you can enjoy your stay in our peaceful surroundings whilst never being far away from your next adventure. Be it relaxing in our lodge, complete with all the amenities you could wish […]

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Mataura Lodge Athol
Mataura Lodge Athol

In the heart of Athol, Mataura Lodge is immaculately renovated. Now offering three king-sized bedrooms, two large bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. The generous living space, featuring a log burner with stone surround, will quickly become the heart of your stay. Mataura Lodge has a unique history. Starting life in the […]

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Mossburn Railway Hotel
Mossburn Railway Hotel

Mossburn Railway Hotel is a piece of New Zealand history, built in 1922 in the heart of Southland. Our hotel dates back to 1886 and has a colourful history as a local pub. Located on the main road between Queenstown and Te Anau, we offer a formal dining area, a friendly bar and a lovely […]

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The Garston Lodge Accommodation
The Garston Lodge Accommodation

The Garston Lodge (the old Garston Hotel) offers accommodation right next to the Cycle Trail.  You can also enjoy the peaceful surrounds and the world famous Mataura river, known for fantastic fly fishing. Guests here will feel cozy, comfortable and homely.  The huge lounge is set up to watch Netflix, read books, play board games […]

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Eat and drink

Real NZ – TSS Earnslaw
Real NZ – TSS Earnslaw

Your bike trail ‘Around the Mountains’ won’t be complete without a steamship journey on the TSS Earnslaw. An iconic Queenstown experience, this vintage vessel plays an integral role in the town’s history and will drop you right at Walter Peak High Country Farm. To make your experience go the extra mile, you have the option […]

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The Coffee Bomb
The Coffee Bomb

The Coffee Bomb in Garston is New Zealand’s most inland food truck, serving the finest coffee, freshly roasted in Southland, and an array of fresh sandwiches, slices and cakes. A great little spot to stop on your Southland travels.

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Athol Shop
Athol Shop

Athol shop is a locally owned and operated Cafe/General Store/Bar and Barbecue restaurant serving breakfast, world-famous Hoagie sandwiches all day and epic low and slow barbecue dinners at night. We also source as much produce from local suppliers, such as Welcome Rock Gardens in Garston and Wilderness Valley farms just out of Te Anau.  We […]

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Kingston Flyer Café and Bar
Kingston Flyer Café and Bar

Situated in the historic Kingston Railway Station on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the Kingston Flyer Café & Bar is a wonderful place to unwind and relax after your journey around the mountains. Treat yourself to a delicious meal or a drink – you deserve it. We look forward to seeing you, opening times are […]

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Real NZ – Gourmet BBQ
Real NZ – Gourmet BBQ

Fuel up before or after your cycle and treat yourself to the gourmet flavours of the BBQ lunch or dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant. Relax in charming historic rooms in the heart of the homestead at Walter Peak. Choose from an expansive array of New Zealand and local produce, from meats cooked on an […]

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ROAR Coffee Roasters
ROAR Coffee Roasters

Welcoming you to ROAR Coffee Roaster HQ & Depot in the heart of Northern Southland. Come and see where Southland’s favourite coffee is roasted and visit our on-site Café ROASTED x TOASTED – serving Southland’s favourite coffee.  Try our famous toasted sandwiches plus much more. Our small shop stocks some of New Zealand’s greatest artisan […]

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Kingston Corner shop and cafe
Kingston Corner shop and cafe

Located on the SH6 a perfect stop for hot and cold food, coffee, groceries and liquor store with ample parking. Free Wi-Fi and charging station.

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Five Rivers Café
Five Rivers Café

Located just 14km from Lumsden, sits the iconic Five Rivers Café. It’s the perfect stop for lunch, delicious coffee or a homemade muffin or scone. The café itself offers stunning scenic views of the mountains, especially from the garden area or beside the roaring fire in winter. With a unique atmosphere, it’s a great option […]

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Lumsden Hotel
Lumsden Hotel

Located on the main street of Lumsden the fully renovated Lumsden Hotel provides old-world country hospitality with spotless, airy rooms, a generous guest lounge, a warm and welcoming bar and a large relaxing garden. Great food is available from our kitchen at almost any hour and picnic lunches can be provided.  Only an hour by […]

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Four Square Lumsden
Four Square Lumsden

Our country Four Square Lumsden offers a wide variety of food, beer & wine, fresh produce, and fresh meat. Also including in-store from our registered kitchen, daily made fresh sandwiches, hot pies and cooked chicken with a variety of food-to-go meals. We also cater for lunches on the go – just phone through your order. […]

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Bracken Hall
Bracken Hall

Bracken Hall is a cafe and gift shop situated on the main street of Mossburn. It is a popular stopover for travellers between Queenstown and Te Anau and also cyclists on the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail. We are open seven days from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm during the summer months of October to […]

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Mossburn Railway Hotel
Mossburn Railway Hotel

Mossburn Railway Hotel is a piece of New Zealand history, built in 1922 in the heart of Southland. Our hotel dates back to 1886 and has a colourful history as a local pub. Located on the main road between Queenstown and Te Anau, we offer a formal dining area, a friendly bar and a lovely […]

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Dome Café
Dome Café

Dome Cafe offers great food, lovely coffee and friendly staff. A small family run cafe, with all food made onsite. We can cater for individual dietary requirements and packed lunches.

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Things to do

Real NZ – TSS Earnslaw
Real NZ – TSS Earnslaw

Your bike trail ‘Around the Mountains’ won’t be complete without a steamship journey on the TSS Earnslaw. An iconic Queenstown experience, this vintage vessel plays an integral role in the town’s history and will drop you right at Walter Peak High Country Farm. To make your experience go the extra mile, you have the option […]

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Kingston Flyer Steam Train
Kingston Flyer Steam Train

The famous vintage Kingston Flyer Steam Train is officially back on track. Embark on a journey through time on this iconic steam train, exploring Kingston to Fairlight. Experience the allure and romance of this historical form of travel. For schedule and bookings please visit our website.

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Athol Gallery
Athol Gallery

The Athol Gallery represents both established and new artists who have a deep connection to the local landscape and rural life. From majestic portrayals of stunning scenery to capturing the everyday beauty of rural activities, at Athol Gallery, we offer a diverse selection of quality artwork, including sculptural pieces, oil paintings, watercolours and printmaking. Our […]

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Garston Stables and The Hunny Shop
Garston Stables and The Hunny Shop

Gallery treasures and honey – two hidden gems you will find in the remote village of Garston. Granted it’s not your usual combination for a business venture, but Tony and Bene are passionate about both endeavours. The Garston Stables gallery has a plethora of pieces, personally sourced from around the globe, including Rajasthan, Europe and […]

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DOC Camping at Mavora Lakes
DOC Camping at Mavora Lakes

The DOC Mavora Lakes campsite has 60 non-powered tent sites with facilities such as long-drop toilets, BBQs, tap water, picnic tables and a boat launching ramp. Campfires in the designated fire spots are permitted except during fire bans.

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Air Milford
Air Milford

If you are looking for a unique activity that will help make your experience in Queenstown truly memorable, why not book a Queenstown scenic flight, ride the 32km trail from the Von Hill to Walter Peak, enjoy a delicious BBQ dining at the Walter Peak homestead in a stunning lakeside setting and cruise on board […]

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Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka
Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka

Explore the relatively undeveloped conservation park Eyre Mountains (Taka Ra Haka) which is comprised of over 65,000 hectares of open tops, tarns, river valleys and a rugged mountain range that climbs up to 2000 meters – the highest peaks in Southland outside of Fiordland. A great variety of flora and fauna call this area home, […]

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Welcome Rock Trails
Welcome Rock Trails

Welcome Rock Trails, located 3 km east of Garston and the Around the Mountains Trail offers hiking, biking and accommodation set on a private high-country farm. Established in 1911 this family property is 1000m above sea level, nationally protected, remote, peaceful, rugged, and romantic. On-Farm Accommodation Options: Kit’s Crib (tiny home, opening October 2023) is […]

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Real NZ – Walter Peak Farm Tour
Real NZ – Walter Peak Farm Tour

Get a taste of rural living with a Walter Peak High Country Farm hosted tour. Greet your favourite rural animals, explore the regenerated landscape, catch a sheep shear and watch a farm dog demonstration in amazement. Top it all off with freshly baked afternoon tea. This is a slice of real New Zealand farming like […]

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Tour operators

Around The Basin Bike Queenstown
Around The Basin Bike Queenstown

Around The Basin are specialists on the Queenstown Trail and offer a personalised kiwi flavour to their customer’s biking experience. Whether it is mountain bike hire, electric bike hire, or the ultimate bike tour package Around The Basin can cater to individuals, families and groups. Providing information, trail tips and a personalised service, we’ll make the […]

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Pure Trails New Zealand
Pure Trails New Zealand

Explore New Zealand’s beauty with Pure Trails, leading New Zealand cycle tour company. Enjoy and experience small group, all-inclusive journeys on the country’s best cycle trails.  With 18 years of expertise, we provide top-of-the-line bikes, including e-bikes for seamless ride and “Adventure in Comfort”. We prioritise picturesque accommodation and enjoy the friendly local hospitality along […]

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Tuatara Tours
Tuatara Tours

Welcome to Tuatara Tours. Founded from a deep passion for the kiwi outdoors and an intense desire to share it with others, Tuatara Tours has been organising incredible walking and cycling tours across New Zealand and the world for almost two decades. All of our tours are fully supported by our team of outdoor experts […]

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Bike Fiordland
Bike Fiordland

Explore the wilderness with Bike Fiordland, Southland’s most trusted bike tour provider. We are a small, family-owned business with a passion for bikes and the wilderness. Bike Fiordland is well experienced in getting you out on bike adventures you will never forget. Small to medium group size, all-inclusive bike tours. Whether you’re looking for e-bike […]

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Sidetracks Women
Sidetracks Women

Sidetracks Women: Where Women Empower Women Imagine cycling along stunning mountains with a group of women who are just as passionate about adventure as you are. Cycle through lush rainforests, sharing stories and laughter as you pedal along. Feel the peace and tranquillity of nature, admire the stars, bonding with new friends over a glass […]

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Escape by Cycle
Escape by Cycle

Escape by Cycle is New Zealand’s premier cycle tour company. We run small-group, all-inclusive journeys on New Zealand’s best cycle trails, passing through some of the most amazing scenery in the country. With over 10 years of experience, we commit to delivering the best possible experience to our customers. The price includes all your meals, […]

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Around the Mountains Cycle Tours
Around the Mountains Cycle Tours

Around the Mountains Cycle Tours provide the following services: Independent tours Guided tours Shuttle bus services Bag transfers E-bike/mountain bike hire Tour planning Accommodation bookings We offer 3 to 5-day tours with the option of also riding the Te Anau Lake2Lake Trail. We have shuttle buses based in Queenstown and Mossburn, we depart from your […]

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Air Milford
Air Milford

If you are looking for a unique activity that will help make your experience in Queenstown truly memorable, why not book a Queenstown scenic flight, ride the 32km trail from the Von Hill to Walter Peak, enjoy a delicious BBQ dining at the Walter Peak homestead in a stunning lakeside setting and cruise on board […]

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Adventure South NZ
Adventure South NZ

Explore the Around the Mountains Cycle trail and more of New Zealand’s stunning cycle trails with Adventure South, the best NZ’s active holiday specialists. Adventure South NZ’s Cycle Trail trips are fully supported and include all accommodation, transport, most meals, and experienced guides to ensure your experience is truly memorable. Hire from our expansive fleet […]

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Welcome Rock Trails
Welcome Rock Trails

Welcome Rock Trails, located 3 km east of Garston and the Around the Mountains Trail offers hiking, biking and accommodation set on a private high-country farm. Established in 1911 this family property is 1000m above sea level, nationally protected, remote, peaceful, rugged, and romantic. On-Farm Accommodation Options: Kit’s Crib (tiny home, opening October 2023) is […]

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