Now that we’re at Alert Level 2, New Zealanders can travel further afield, and reconnect with friends and family. This also means you can ride trails outside your region and explore more of our beautiful country.
However, COVID-19 hasn’t been eliminated so we need to PLAY IT SAFE.
While Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is open, it is recommended that you do not ride in the remote Mavora Lakes section of the trail, from Lake Wakatipu to Centre Hill. The boat services from Queenstown to Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas stations are not operating. It is hoped that the boat service will resume from 4th July 2020.
Please read our riding tips below, based on the government’s official guidelines. They’ll help you and others stay safe on Around the Mountains Cycle Trail during Alert Level 2.
- PLAY IT SAFE. COVID-19 is still out there.
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t socialise, and don’t go cycling.
- Keep your distance (ideally 2 metres) from people you don’t know.
- You can now ride with friends and family outside of your bubble, but your group must be limited to 10 people. Within your group, play it safe by maintaining 1 metre physical distancing where you can, and follow good hygiene practices.
- On the trail, try to keep at least 2 metres away from users outside of your group. The nature of our trails means it’s sometimes hard to take a wide berth, so be sure to slow down when approaching others, and always give way to walkers.
- Contact tracing is important. Keep a track of whom you’ve ridden with and whom you’ve seen. Use your phone or carry a pen and paper.
- Many bike hire, tour and shuttle companies can now help you enjoy our awesome trails. You can expect them to follow all official operator safety guidelines, including the required 1 metre group-to-group and group-to-staff physical distancing, and contact tracing.
- Wherever you go, ride sensibly and within your limits.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. And wash them properly. While out on the trails, take your own sanitiser, and remember to follow all the good hygiene practices we’ve learned over the past couple of months.