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Arrow River Bridges Trail

Historic Arrowtown to Gibbston

Part of the Queenstown Trail 'Great Ride' network, this trail starts in historic Arrowtown and crossing five bridges over the Arrow River on its way to Gibbston, this relatively easy trail is very scenic and great for families with kids, beginners and wine enthusiasts.

About this Trail

  • Getting there
  • Plan and prepare
  • Trail code
  • Guided options
  • FAQ's
  • Support Us

Getting there

Parking is available at either end of the Arrow River Bridges Trail, adjacent to Dudley's Cottage (accessible from Buckingham St) or at the Kawarau Bungy Bridge near Gibbston on SH6. Transport is readily available to and from Arrowtown for you and your bikes - get in touch with one of our tour operators for bike hire and transport options. 

The Arrow River Bridges Trail links to the Countryside Trail at Arrowtown and the Gibbston River Trail at the Kawarau Bungy Bridge.

Plan and prepare

This site is loaded with maps, information and advice

Here’s how to get the most out of it:

  1. Choose your ride: You’ll be spoilt for choice – so many options, so many trails.
  2. Find rides to suit your experience and time frames.
  3. Plan your adventure: To find local places to eat, stay and discover, check out the directory listings. You’ll find tour operators, transport providers, cafes, wineries and activities and so much more.
  4. Download a map or the Great Rides app
  5. Watch the Queenstown Trail video

Some more information on how to prepare for your journey out on the trails can be found here.

Trail code

Here are a few important pointers to foster positive attitudes between different trail users and remember we are lucky that many local landowners have given us access to their private property.

  • Share the trail with care and use a bell
  • Keep to the left and pass on the right
  • Bikers give way to walkers
  • Stay in control so you can safely avoid other users and keep yourself safe
  • Be patient behind slower riders and pull over where practical to let faster riders pass
  • Keep to the trail, don’t trespass on private land
  • Horses are generally not permitted on the Queenstown Trail, except for approved shared-use sections
  • Dogs to be on a leash at all times
  • Light no fires
  • Report all hazards
  • Keep streams and lakes clean
  • Bury toilet waste
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Protect plants and animals

Guided options

Many of our Trusted Partners offer guided tours and shuttles to and from the start and end points of the trails - allowing you to ultimately tailor your trail experience and pick up tons of local knowledge and discover secret spots along the way!

Click here to see our Directory of Tour Operators.

FAQ's

Go to the Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to any questions you may have before you head out onto the trail.

 

Support Us

If you've experienced our trails and loved them, please support us and donation online today. As a registered charity, we rely upon ongoing funding and donations to maintain and extend our trail network. Find out more and donate here.

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