At the Kawarau Falls Bridge follow signs for the Twin Rivers Trail and wind your way down to join the rivers edge as you head towards the Shotover Delta. At the Shotover confluence, head upstream to the historic Old Lower Shotover Bridge, fully restored by the Rotary Association in 2004 and a great vantage point to enjoy the river and views to Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. Cross the bridge, and look for signs for the Countryside Trail, which passes back underneath the old bridge and upstream alongside the Shotover River. (6.5km Grade 3 / Intermediate).
The Countryside Trail begins on a gentle willow-lined riverbank, before a short climb to Domain Road. Save some juice for the pedal up Slopehill Road, after which you’ll be rewarded with great 360 views over the Wakatipu Basin until you meet Rutherford Road where there is a connection to the Lake Hayes Trail (8km Grade 3 / Intermediate).
Follow the trail downhill through rolling farmland. At Rutherford Road, turn right and follow signs down to the Lake Hayes Trail. This popular scenic loop is one not to miss. The lake surface is often very calm and rewards trail users with stunning reflections of the mountain ranges that surround it. If you’ve worked up a hunger by now stop for a picnic at the reserve or one of the many benches along the trail, or head to Amisfield Winery and Bistro, which is just a short hop across the Lake Hayes Rd from the south of the Lake Hayes Circuit Trail (8 km Loop Grade 3 / Intermediate).
From Lake Hayes return to the Countryside Trail via Rutherford Rd and turn right to follow the trail across Speargrass Flat Rd where you’ll see signs to Arrowtown. Another climb up Christine’s Hill leads to Millbrook resort, where you would be strongly advised to stop for a coffee and awesome food at the Hole-in-One café. Leave Millbrook Resort via the tree lined avenue, cross Malaghans Rd and re-join the trail at Manse Rd where you’ll wind down to the Arrow River and into the historic Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. There are some great walking tracks from here up around Sawpit Gully and Bush Creek, and the main street is literally 50 metres away (5.5kms Grade 3 / Intermediate). Explore, eat, drink and spend the night in Arrowtown.