COVID-19 UPDATE: Moving into Alert Level 2, the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail remains open and trail services such as shuttles, tour operators, bike hire, cafes and accommodation are able to operate. Be mindful of changing weather conditions.
The Earnslaw boat services from Queenstown to Walter Peak are now operating one sailing a day, leaving Queenstown at 12 midday.
Please keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed, and keep following the Government’s hygiene guidelines. You can read the official Golden Rules for Alert Level 2 here.
VFlood Damage Repairs
In February 2020, a two-week state of emergency was declared across the Southland District as floodwaters wreaked havoc and caused substantial damage to the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.
Unfortunately, the floodwaters caused scouring and surface material loss, rendering several areas of the trail impassable and other areas difficult to ride. Flood damage occurred across the entire trail network from Kingston through to Centre Hill.
We would like to advise repairs will soon be underway to fix the damage. This is scheduled to be completed between August and November 2020. The majority of work will involve clearing culverts, water tables and debris, gravelling and grading flood damage and completing surface rehabilitation on sections which have been eroded. All repair work is to be completed in a way that minimises where practicable any disruption to trail users.
We appreciate your patience while we undergo these repairs. It is a valuable opportunity to enhance the trail further by reshaping it and completing improvements to the riding surface so we can continue to provide a high quality riding experience for cyclists and the community.