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Twin Rivers Trail

Enjoy glorious vistas down the aquamarine Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

Part of the Queenstown Trail 'Great Ride' network, this trail hugs two of New Zealand’s most iconic and picturesque rivers. The beauty and remoteness of this section of the Queenstown Trail really sets it apart. Be sure to take plenty of snacks and water as it’s the most remote part of the trail. 

About this Trail

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

Getting there

A limited amount of parking is available at the start of the Twin Rivers Trail at Bridge Street or better still park at Frankton Beach (via Lake Avenue and only a short distance from the Kawarau Falls Bridge). At the end of the trail at Morven Ferry Road, you'll find a small car park and toilet facilities. Transport is readily available to and from Queenstown / Arrowtown for you and your bikes - get in touch with one of our tour operators for bike hire and transport options via our Trail Directory.

The Twin Rivers Trail links to the Frankton Track and Kelvin Peninsula Trail taking you back to Queenstown or to Jack's Point. You can join the Countryside Trail at the Old Lower Shotover Bridge and the Arrow River Bridges Trail at Morven Ferry Rd leading you to eitehr Arrowtown or Gibbston.  It is also possible to access the Lake Hayes Trail follow the signs from Lake Hayes Estate.

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. a Find trail to suit your experience and timeframes.

2.       Plan your adventure: To find local places to eat, stay and discover, check out our Official Partners directory listings. You’ll find tour operators, transport providers, cafes, wineries and activities and so much more.

3.       Download a map or the Great Rides app

4.      Watch the Queenstown Trail video

For more information on how to stay safe on your trip go here 

Trail code

Here are a few important pointers to foster postive 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.

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