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Road Rides Queenstown

Queenstown to Arrowtown Road Bike Loop


A favourite local training loop, taking in some of the quieter rural roads of the Wakatipu basin, passing local art galleries, quaint country cafe’s and award winning wineries.

This ride climbs gently out of Queenstown towards Arthurs Point, where it crosses the Shotover River. It’s a great spot to pause and watch the famous red Shotover Jet boats shooting through the narrow canyon below. The roads then climbs sharply for a few hundred meters into the Wakatipu basin. There are a few ways to explore the quiet roads out to Arrowtown. The easiest option (avoiding most of the steep, punchy climbs) is to head down Malaghans Road, then right onto Hunter , left onto Speargrass. At the end of Speargrass turn right onto Lake Hayes road (past the delightful Walnut Cottage cafe for great coffee and lunch) then left at Amisfield Winery and onto a short stretch on State Highway 6. A gradual climb for a few hundred metres leads to a swift descent to the Arrow junction. At this point, turn left towards Arrowtown and a great selection of cafe’s and retaurants. When leaving Arrowtown, take the right turn onto Malaghan’s road for a direct route back where you’ll pass over the Shotover Canyon once again. Maybe time for that Jetboat ride?

Key Arrowtown Road Circuit
Queenstown to Glenorchy Road Bike Ride


Judged as one of the most scenic in New Zealand, this beautiful, flowing road follows the shore of Lake Wakatipu up to it’s Northern headwaters where glacial valleys stretch out from snowcapped peaks and the clear ,azure waters shimmer on a sunny day. As an out and back ride it can be ridden all of the way or just some of the way, the lookout at Bennetts Bluff a spectacular turn around point at 20km for the latter. Glenorchy is almost the end of the road. From here Cyclocross or Mountain bikes are needed to explore the valleys beyond. The Glenorchy Cafe is the locals choice to refuel, with excellent food and coffee. A word of caution though ; the numerous hills on the return journey are much harder than on the way out. We have seen many a broken man return after being unprepared, for this ride is no walk in the park.

Queenstown to Glenorchy Road Ride
Queenstown Crowne Range to Wanaka Road Bike Ride


The ride over the Crown Range is much reverred and a classic Category 1 climb. Heading out from either Queenstown or Arrowtown allows enough of a warm up. The climb can be broken into three components :

1. The Zig Zag’s - 7 switchbacks leading up to the Crown Terrace.

2. The Crown Terrace – a defined plateau leading to the final climb

3. The final climb up to the pass with the steepest grades.

The road crests the pass over the Crown Range with great views down the Gibston Valley, famous for it’s award winning wineries. The descent of the Cardrona valley is initially fast , meandering alongside the Cardrona river. After 13 km’s descent, the historic Cardrona Hotel is reached. It’s an iconic tavern dating back to the Goldrush days of the late 1800’s. From here, it’s 20km to Wanaka along the flat valley road. The return journey is easier than the climb over, although the final kilometre steepens to 20%!

Queenstown to Wanaka via Crowne Range and Cardona Hotel
Coronet Peak Road Bike Climb


This is a tough, steep climb up to the Coronet Peak ski area. The views are magnificent, but the climb is challenging hitting grades between 10-18%. Best tackled after a good warm up, usually the ride out from Queenstown is enough although in itself is a steady climb to the base of the climb! Straight after the turn off it immediatly ramps up and holds 12-18% for the first 3 kilometres before easing off allowing a brief recovery. At Dan O’Connells bush, the road ramps up again for another 2 kilometres before another recovery zone at the Skippers saddle turn off. Soon after it ramps up again hitting 18% then a left hand switchback provides temporary relief and the gradient drops to 8 -10% and the last couple of km’s to the top seem comparitively easy!

Coronet Peak Road Bike Climb
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