Bike etiquette

When it comes to cycling in remote wilderness areas, it’s important to keep in mind that while the seclusion and natural beauty of the environment is part of what makes it so appealing, it’s likely that you will encounter other people using the trails at some point.

If you’re relatively new to the cycling world, it’s important to familiarise yourself with some basic bike etiquette to ensure that your interactions with other trail users are positive and respectful. Here are some tips to help you navigate these situations:

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Respect others

– Stay in control so you can safely avoid other users.
– Use a bell or friendly greeting when approaching to let them know you’re there.
– Ride shared tracks in small groups.
– Be patient behind slower riders and pull over to let faster riders pass.

Respect the rules

– Keep left on gravel roads as farm vehicles also use them.
– Ride only where permitted.
– Be prepared.
– Leave gates as you find them.

Respect the trail

– Don’t skid or cut corners – skidding can lead to erosion and cutting corners can damage the ecosystem.
– Take your rubbish home – leave only tyre prints.
– Clean your bike to prevent spreading things like gorse and didymo.

Share the road

– Follow the road rules at all times.
– Keep left.
– Ride predictably, in a straight line and signal your intentions.
– Ride no more than two abreast.
– Try not to slow the flow of traffic.
– Courtesy works – a friendly wave and smile to other road users will help foster a more positive attitude to cyclists.

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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!