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Twin Rivers Ride from Kawarau Falls Bridge to Morven Ferry Road via Lake Hayes Estate

26 KMS
Intermediate
2-3
HIGHLIGHTS

This is Queenstown like you’ve never experienced before! Off the beaten track you’ll discover the remote and rugged landscapes, glorious vistas down the aquamarine Kawarau River and some of the best picnic and fishing spots on the trail.

Trail Sections

Twin Rivers Ride from Kawarau Falls Bridge to Morven Ferry Road via Lake Hayes Estate

Update - February 22, 2016 : Temporary Trail Closure - Twin Rivers Trail, Upper Trail

 
Please note the upper trail that runs alongside the Kawarau River will be closed from the top of Marathon Hill all the way to the Glenda Drive exit from next week February 23rd. The lower trail which runs alongside the Kawarau River is now open and will take you to the Shotover Delta. The reason for this temporary closure is due to the laying of a new sewer line near the airport RESA. Please note signage will be in place both at the Glenda Drive pedestrian/cycle entry point and at the top trail where it joins with Marathon Hill.   Thanks for your understanding while this work is undertaken, we will keep you posted as works progress.

Hugging two of New Zealand’s most iconic and picturesque rivers, the beauty and remoteness of this section really sets it apart.

Make sure to take a picnic and refreshments as it’s the most remote part of the trail. The ride starts at Kawarau Falls Bridge and after a short cycle through residential streets, the trail meanders down to wind along the Kawarau River’s edge and takes you up into the famous Shotover Delta.

You’ll cross the Shotover Bridge which is an historic local landmark and another great spot for a stop. Fully restored by the Rotary Club of Queenstown, it provides exquisite photo opportunities – you’ll be spoilt for backdrops!

Wending your way along the banks of the Kawarau River there is a picture postcard view around every bend as you climb and descend to the sparkling aquamarine Kawarau river bed.

This ride includes a few steep-ish climbs but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with some of the most majestic views in New Zealand.

Just before you reach Billie’s Bridge which crosses Hayes Creek, head for the picnic sign on your right so picturesque. Sit back, relax and drink in the splendor and isolation.

At the top of Thompson’s hill the longest and last hill on this ride, stop and admire the view across the Kawarau River up to the majestic Remarkables Mountain range. Relish the easy descent through tranquil pastoral land surrounded by three mountain ranges. Enjoy the experience of cycling through an underpass whilst deer roam on farmland above you. The Twin Rivers ride ends at Morven Ferry Road where you can either carry on to Arrowtown or head into the Gibbston Valley for a spot of lunch and wine tasting!  If you need to arrange transport back to your home base for yourself and your bike talk to one our tour operator partners.

Dual valve pump heads (air for your bike tyres!) have been installed at the Old Shotover Bridge (and at Butlers Green in Arrowtown if you are out that way).

 

Locals tip: ENJOY THE MORNING SUN and THERE'S OFTEN a tail wind in the afternoon!

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