Trail overview and highlights

Set in the remote wilderness of southern New Zealand, the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail offers a truly unique experience for those seeking to venture off the beaten track.It’s a trail of contrasts – from the energetic adrenalin-seekers paradise of Queenstown to absolute tranquillity as you traverse the agricultural hinterland of Southland.

The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail offers an unrivalled diversity for cyclists. The 186km journey can be ridden in either direction, starting at Kingston or Walter Peak, and takes 3-5 days at a relaxed pace on this easy to conquer trail.

Expect the unexpected … Mother Nature has a knack of whipping up some challenges to tackle here in the Deep South, adding a whole new element to the adventure!

Immerse yourself amongst true southern hospitality as you 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 Oreti and Mataura rivers and through the native tussock lands of Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas stations – both authentic high country farms.

Whether you choose to start or end your adventure on her antique bow, a cruise across picturesque Lake Wakatipu on the century-old coal-fired steamship the TSS Earnslaw will be forever etched in your memory.

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

Highlights

A trail for all

A manicured trail through the back country of New Zealand, with a focus on accessibility and rider support. Custom bridges span the many rivers and high grade trails make for a comfortable ride.

Where nature meets farm

The boundary between the home of native flora and fauna and the cultivated agricultural lands, with harvests from land such as dairy, beef, venison, wool and lamb. The rivers are world famous for fly fishing opportunities.

Southern Folk

Mix it up with the local farming community, their traditions and local delicacies. Enjoy a cold beverage at the end of the day at one of the traditional taverns on route.

So many landscapes

From lakeside, high county, small towns, retired rail lines, national parks and operating farms the trail circumnavigates the Eyre Mountains.

Taka ra haka

The rivers and lakes of Southland were traditional pathways and hunting grounds of the Maori, and the location is known as Taka Ra Haka – where the sun dances on the mountain tops at the end of the day.