Queenstown - Family Friendly Bike Rides

Family biking

Queenstown Bike Trail2Queenstown's family-friendly biking

Queenstown has never been so well set up for family trips as it is these days. With 100km of purpose-built, non-technical cycle trails, you and the kids can explore Queenstown's stunning rivers, lakes and backcountry away from the roads and traffic.  You'll have the opportunity to ride through gorges, alongside rivers and over bridges as you explore stunning areas that have never been accessible to the public before now. 
If you don’t have your own you can hire bikes for the family in Queenstown or Arrowtown. Bike hire comes with helmets and friendly advice on local bike rides to suit your family’s ability.
You can also take either a guided or supported tour that includes equipment, great bikes, transport to and from the trail and introduction to a section of trail to suit your family. 

Queenstown Gardens

The walking / biking path runs from the entrance at the Queenstown lakeshore around the perimeter of the gardens. It’s totally flat, easy, and very scenic, with the lake on one side and gardens on the other. Lots of places to stop and play or have a picnic on the beach.

Frankton Arm Track

This is a good add-on to the Queenstown Gardens track, starting a few minutes’ ride away, at the end of Park Street. Queenstown’s easiest and most popular walk or bike track, it’s about 6km to Frankton Beach; a great picnic or swim spot.

Kelvin Heights Track and Loop

This is a gorgeous track that’s perfect for all ages. Park at Bayview Road where there’s a toilet and playground. Take the left track towards the golf course and peninsula for a loop ride, mostly flat – look out for the amazing sculptures!  Turn right from Bayview Road for a well-graded, easy lakeside track towards Frankton.

Either direction is 30–40 mins return or do both for a good 1 to 1 ½ hour ride. (Times based on riders aged 10 years and up).

Lake Hayes

This 8km track runs right around Lake Hayes. It’s varied and slightly undulating, yet easy for children. (There is a section with a fairly steep bank along the far side, so keep smaller children with you). The track is slightly easier clockwise and overall, while not completely flat, makes for a great family outing. Expect to take 45 minutes to an hour for riders 10 years and up.  There's an excellent swimming and picnic beach with toilets at one end of the lake.

There are many starting points around Lake Hayes, or it’s a 6km bike ride from Arrowtown.

Millennium Track, Arrowtown

An easy, circular route that follows the banks of the Arrow River and includes a couple of bridge crossings. Entirely flat, wide path. Allow about 40 minutes, or take your time, have a picnic or cool off in the river.

Arrowtown – Gibbston Valley

This is a very easy route that includes the most impressive bridge crossings, river views, and finishes at the famous AJ Hackett bungy site.  Setting off from Arrowtown you follow the Arrow River all the way to Gibbston Valley, along the stunning Arrow Gorge and over the impressive 80m high Edgar Bridge.  The purpose-built track then follows the highway before finishing at the bungy bridge where you can watch jumpers, enjoy the cafe or take the leap yourself!  Continue along the trail past a selection of wineries with wine tastings and lunches available.

Three Rivers Ride

Departs: Arrowtown Distance: 30km loop

Ride from Arrowtown through Millbrook Resort then alongside the Shotover River to the Old Shotover Bridge. Follow the trail along the Kawarau River up to Morven Ferry Road, along the Arrow River back to Arrowtown. Toilets and café at Millbrook Resort or in Arrowtown.
Highlights: Riding alongside three rivers. Crossing the Southern Discoveries suspension bridge.

Round the Mountains

Take the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak for a great biking day out. The track follows the lakeshore before heading inland. The entire circuit takes several days, so just ride for as long as you feel like before heading back to Walter Peak Sheep Station.

Jardines to Jacks Point

Well-graded, non-technical track that heads out of town, alongside the lake to Jacks Point (where there’s a café and lunch spot).

A few short, grunty sections make this more enjoyable for ages 10 years and over, of at least moderate fitness. Stunning lake views all the way along the track.

Jardines Mountain Bike Park, Kelvin Heights

Perfect for kids and adults to improve your confidence and skills and have a play! There’s a BMX pump track circuit plus longer bike courses from 2–6km. Follow the sign on the right to the Jacks Point track. Playground, toilets and picnic area nearby.



For the more adventurous, head out from Arrowtown on the 4WD track towards Macetown. It’s hilly in parts, with lots of river crossings and steep drop offs, but the track itself is wide and not technical. Allow a half to full day if going all the way, (about 3 hours solid riding return, if experienced and fit).

Twelve Mile Delta to Bobs Cove

This undulating, intermediate grade single track runs below the Glenorchy Road, starting from Twelve Mile Delta, 10km from Queenstown. Suitable for teens and adults with some experience. Lots of steep ups and downs as well as long, flat sections.

Bike hire, guided trail tours & bike shuttle service

>> Around the Basin

>> Chargeabout Electric Mountain Bike Rental


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With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


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Nelson and Golden Bay

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Hawkes Bay

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Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
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