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.
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).
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Locals tip: ENJOY THE MORNING SUN and THERE'S OFTEN a tail wind in the afternoon!
The view from the western sideof Lake Hayes Trail. Take in the splendid views of the three surrounding mountain ranges.
Start your ride early in the morning to catch the mist rising above the Kawarau River
Situated in the original Dairy Factory are realist paintings on a grand scale.
This historic bridge has been restored to its former glory by the Rotary Club of Queenstown, the view from the Shotover River up to local ski field Coronet Peak is breathtaking – a photo moment
A photographer’s dream. It’s worth the climb from Speargrass Flat Road – drink in the views across Lakes Hayes and up to the soaring Remarkable mountain range and out to Cecil and Walter Peaks.
The Swain Bridge is found on the Arrowtown Millennium Trail, there is a perfect spot for a picnic beside the bridge.
Panoramic photo opportunities on the 80 metres long, Edgar suspension bridge which is 45 metres above the Arrow River