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suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

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suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

Looking to do some bike riding in the area for beginner to intermediate riders for several hours. in Queenstown, thinking of doing the ride along the Kawarau rivier and the lake Hayes loop. Any feedback about these rides or any other much appreciated

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1. Re: suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

I have walked the Lake Hayes loop and much of the Kawarau River Walk - biggest issue with the Kawarau - lovely scenery to gaze at so you might miss the trail - take care!

Wanaka has some amazing bike trails - you can bike for miles along the lake edge to Glendhu Bay or follow the Outlet track to Albert Town and on to Lake Hawea or ride down the river edge to Luggate or take a helicopter up a mountain top and freewheel all the way down - the possibilities are endless!!


Enjoy :)

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2. Re: suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

Queenstown's historic precinct of Arrowtown is the hub of the new $5M 100km Queenstown Trail. You do not have to do whole 100K - just pick a loop you like. See: http://www.queenstowntrail.co.nz/

Arrowtown is the place to stay for cyclists who can appreciate the advantage of riding to/from your hotel away from the danger of downtown traffic. Excellent accommodation choices from motels, golf resorts to boutique hotels

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3. Re: suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

If looking to hire, try the electric bikes from Dowdy's shop down on Church St. They can do the Queenstown trail to Arrowtown and back so long as you don't over-use the accellerator. Cruisey Euro style of bike, regular bicycle ride with electric assist, its easy to master and so much fun. Cheap too at $35 for a half day. Dowdy is a cool guy who's got one of the original ski shops in Queenstown. He's been around for a long time so its worth a visit ust to chat to him!

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Didn't have as much time to ride as we had hoped but managed to spend some time on the Queenstown bike trail which is fairly new but really well made. The track meanders through Queenstown's waterfront (a bit crowded for riding) and then quietens out the further out you go to a point where the only people around for as far as the eye could see were us. We wanted to do the whole track but were told halfway through by other riders we were being too too ambitious! So we ended up aiming to get to the Shotover bridge but got a little lost so turned back near there after around 6 hours of riding plus lunch and little stops to feed ponies, take photos etc. There were some pretty amazing close ups and very peaceful views of the Remarkables on the way as you ride along the river. We totally didn't know what to expect but the ride turned out to be a bit of an adventure ending up with having to find lost group members, patch up injured members and riding back in to town through a storm. All in all one of the highlights of our trip and would definitely do again!

My only warning about this track is that unless you are an experienced and regular rider, allow yourself plenty of time. What we thought were hills were apparently just 'little bumps". We took at least four times longer than what a "professional" rider told us and apparently he was being generous with times!

We hired bikes from Outside sports - a bit dearer than other competitors around but they were pretty much brand new, excellent quality and well maintained bikes. They offer a pick up service along the track (we rode too slow and missed it) and also a bike tour so you can ride the highlights of the track.

Did not have time to ride around Wanaka but will definitely be on my list to do next time we come.

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5. Re: suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

My suggestion is hire a bike and bike some of the lake trail. .stop off at the Hilton for macaroons and drink. Its a awesome ride for all abilities and the stunning lake and mountain views.

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6. Re: suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

I will be in QT/Wanaka in December and wonder if any of these trails are suitable for kids? I have three, aged 5, 10 and 12. We're not real fitness buffs but can probably manage a 2-3 hr leisurely ride with stops. Do the bike rental shops provide child seats too? The 5 year old is still on training wheels (I do plan to train her soon but not sure how that'll work out! )


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7. Re: suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

It would be a lovely ride along the lakeshore. Start at either Penrith Park or at Bremner Bay and bike as far as Edgewater Resport or even a bit further. This track is flat and takes you along the lake shore and through town. You will be able to stop for ice cream in town - just across the road from the lake - half way. The Outlet Track is also lovely. The Outlet is where the Clutha River comes out of Lake Wanaka. You then bike along the river bank. This track is narrower than the lake shore track though and a bit shorter - approx 3km one way. Sorry, I can't help with bike rentals as we've never needed to hire! Your 5 year old might be better off on one of those half bikes towed behind an adult bike. Perhaps the hire places have these.

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8. Re: suggestions for good bike rides in Queenstown / Wanaka

One trail not to ride unless you are a masochist is Moke Lake to Moonlight Trail over Arthurs Point, arriving back into town in via Gorge Road. The Moonlight trail is washed out, too skinny (pedals get caught on dirt, plants and rocks on the raised edges of the trail), and -- this is the good part-- full of sheep and cows and some nive views. You end up carrying your bike more than riding it. If you can avoid Outside Sports on Brecon St, you will do better than us. They lost our reservation, gave us whatever bikes they had-- no thinking about a smaller bike for a smaller person-- and the shuttle that over the phone sounded like it was 'included' was actually $60 extra. Probably best to find a shop where they instill confidence in their ride suggestions. We made the mistake of going with what the shuttle driver suggested- just because the guy in the bike shop couldn't convey to us confidently a good bike path--, and the ride was pretty miserable after we left Moke Lake. On a lighter note, Queenstown is a gorgeous place to bike and I hope to be back this summer to do some more!

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