Things to do
The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail has plenty on offer! Beyond the breathtaking cycling routes, you could hop aboard the iconic Kingston Flyer for a nostalgic steam train ride, immerse yourself in the region's rich agricultural heritage with captivating farm tours, or take a leisurely boat ride to soak in the beauty of nearby lakes and rivers. For those seeking a touch of retail therapy, we've also included a selection of charming shops and galleries where you can discover unique local crafts and artworks. Get ready to indulge in a multitude of adventures, attractions, and cultural experiences that will truly enrich your exploration of this stunning region along the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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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!
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