Ride the
Around the Mountains Trail

3-5 Day Tour

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Multi-day package with Bike Hire, Shuttle Transport, Lake Cruise and Accommodation

186 KM | Grade 1-2 | 3-5 Days

Welcome to the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, a breathtaking journey through the heart of Southland, New Zealand. This iconic trail offers cyclists an unforgettable experience as they traverse the stunning landscapes, quaint towns, and rich heritage of the region.

Stretching over 180 kilometers, the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail showcases the diverse beauty of Southland, from lush farmland to towering mountains and crystal-clear rivers. Along the way, cyclists will encounter charming rural communities, where they can immerse themselves in local culture and hospitality.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist seeking adventure or a leisurely rider looking for a scenic escape, this trail offers something for everyone. With well-maintained paths and a variety of accommodation options, including cozy lodges and campgrounds, cyclists can explore at their own pace while enjoying the comforts of home.

So, saddle up and discover the magic of Southland on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail. Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with breathtaking vistas, warm hospitality, and unforgettable memories.

* FREE pick-up from accommodation in Central Queenstown. Additional fees may apply from outside this area.

All packages include

Bike Hire

Shuttle

Helmet

Small pannier

Bottle Holder

Bike Toolkit

Trail Map

Your Itinerary

*Itinerary is indicative only. Finalised itineraries are supplied when booking

DAY 1 - 8am

Shuttle pick up and bike hire

We’ll pick you up from your your accommodation, with bikes ready for you to enjoy your day on the trail. 

9am

Lake Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw

At Queenstown you board the iconic vintage steamship the TSS Earnslaw to cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak.

9.40am

Walter Peak to Mavora Lakes - 50km

Starting your ride at Walter Peak Station and passing the Mt Nicholas Station, the trail passes the show stopping Von Valley/River. Mt Nicholas Station was the first station to supply “Ice Breaker” merino wool.

Crossing the bridge at Black Spur Creek and ford at the Gorge Burn, the trail follows the beautiful, natural tussock valley along Mt Nichols Road.

5.30pm

Shuttle pick up at Mavora Lakes

After a full day’s riding, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as we drive you to your accommodation in Lumsden, Te Anau or Manapouri.

Day 2 - 8.30am

Centre Hill to Lumsden - 43km​

The day starts with shuttle pick up from your accommodation, and short drive to your starting point on the trail at Centre Hill.

Centre Hill to Mossburn

From The Eyre Mountains Conservation Park the trail passes the Oreti River and meanders along the side of Starvation Creek, travelling between farms and the Oreti River as it comes back into Mossburn.

Mossburn to Lumsden

The trail leads you from Mossburn, which in the 1970’s was named the deer capital of New Zealand back towards Lumsden. This section is 5 km on old railway line and 10 km beside the State Highway and farm paddocks. Then it’s over the Oreti Mossburn Bridge and along the flood banks into Lumsden.

Day 3 - 9.30am

Lumsden to Athol - 35km

Lumsden to Five Rivers

Starting in Lumsden, enjoy the relics of the steam train era around the old local railway station. The trail from Lumsden to Five Rivers is slightly uphill and passes through rich farm lands and by the banks of the Oreti River, another great river to spot the brown trout sunning themselves.

Five Rivers to Athol

Along this section of the trail you predominately ride on the old railway line, encompassing panoramic views of Mid Dome, a prominent Northern Southland mountain, and the surrounding mountains before reaching Five Rivers.

Due to the agricultural nature of this section of the ride, at times you may find some of the gates are locked to protect to safety of the animals in the area.

The track is certainly still rideable, and if
this circumstance arises, another aspect of adventure can be added to the already thrilling trail. Lifting your bike is the only way forward, but what better way to give your legs a break!

Day 4 - 9.30am

Athol to Kingston - 30km

Athol to Garston

The cycle trail from here has been constructed on an old disused railway line.

The trail crosses the Mataura River along the way where there are two cycle suspension bridges which are 67m and 92m in length. The locals have named them Athol’s Golden Gates. Looking over the bridge you can often see brown trout swimming around in the pristine, crystal clear waters.

Garston has reinvented itself with a mobile café called the Air Stream, a honey shop and is also home to two small, attractive, historic churches.

Garston to Kingston

From Garston the trail crosses the Mataura River on a suspension Bridge, past old stone ruins of the area’s original stone homestead, and past formations of the glacier moraine at the foot of the Eyre Mountains.

From here you ride into Kingston, a small town on the southern edge of Lake Wakatipu, Kingston has a café, a camping ground, a number of B&B lodges and is home to the historic steam train the Kingston Flyer.

3.30pm

Return Shuttle

Our shuttle will pick you up and take you back to your Queenstown accommodation so you can rest your legs and enjoy the scenery on your journey.

Your Itinerary

DAY 1 - 8am

Shuttle pick up and bike hire

We’ll pick you up from your your accommodation, with bikes ready for you to enjoy your day on the trail. 

9am

Lake Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw

At Queenstown you board the iconic vintage steamship the TSS Earnslaw to cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak.

9.45am

Walter Peak to Mavora Lakes - 50km

Starting your ride at Walter Peak Station and passing the Mt Nicholas Station, the trail passes the show stopping Von Valley/River. Mt Nicholas Station was the first station to supply “Ice Breaker” merino wool.

Crossing the bridge at Black Spur Creek and ford at the Gorge Burn, the trail follows the beautiful, natural tussock valley along Mt Nichols Road.

5.30pm

Shuttle pick up at Mavora Lakes​

Starting your ride at Walter Peak Station and passing the Mt Nicholas Station, the trail passes the show stopping Von Valley/River. Mt Nicholas Station was the first station to supply “Ice Breaker” merino wool.

Crossing the bridge at Black Spur Creek and ford at the Gorge Burn, the trail follows the beautiful, natural tussock valley along Mt Nichols Road.

Day 2 - 8.30am

Centre Hill to Lumsden - 43km​​

The day starts with shuttle pick up from your accommodation, and short drive to your starting point on the trail at Centre Hill.

Centre Hill to Mossburn

From The Eyre Mountains Conservation Park the trail passes the Oreti River and meanders along the side of Starvation Creek, travelling between farms and the Oreti River as it comes back into Mossburn.

Mossburn to Lumsden

The trail leads you from Mossburn, which in the 1970’s was named the deer capital of New Zealand back towards Lumsden. This section is 5 km on old railway line and 10 km beside the State Highway and farm paddocks. Then it’s over the Oreti Mossburn Bridge and along the flood banks into Lumsden.

Day 3 - 9.30am

Lumsden to Athol - 35km

Lumsden to Five Rivers

Starting in Lumsden, enjoy the relics of the steam train era around the old local railway station. The trail from Lumsden to Five Rivers is slightly uphill and passes through rich farm lands and by the banks of the Oreti River, another great river to spot the brown trout sunning themselves.

Five Rivers to Athol

Along this section of the trail you predominately ride on the old railway line, encompassing panoramic views of Mid Dome, a prominent Northern Southland mountain, and the surrounding mountains before reaching Five Rivers.

Due to the agricultural nature of this section of the ride, at times you may find some of the gates are locked to protect to safety of the animals in the area.

The track is certainly still rideable, and if
this circumstance arises, another aspect of adventure can be added to the already thrilling trail. Lifting your bike is the only way forward, but what better way to give your legs a break!

Day 4 - 9.30am

Athol to Kingston - 30km

Athol to Garston

The cycle trail from here has been constructed on an old disused railway line.

The trail crosses the Mataura River along the way where there are two cycle suspension bridges which are 67m and 92m in length. The locals have named them Athol’s Golden Gates. Looking over the bridge you can often see brown trout swimming around in the pristine, crystal clear waters.

Garston has reinvented itself with a mobile café called the Air Stream, a honey shop and is also home to two small, attractive, historic churches.

Garston to Kingston

From Garston the trail crosses the Mataura River on a suspension Bridge, past old stone ruins of the area’s original stone homestead, and past formations of the glacier moraine at the foot of the Eyre Mountains.

From here you ride into Kingston, a small town on the southern edge of Lake Wakatipu, Kingston has a café, a camping ground, a number of B&B lodges and is home to the historic steam train the Kingston Flyer.

3.30pm

Return Shuttle​

Our shuttle will pick you up and take you back to your Queenstown accommodation  o you can rest your legs and enjoy the scenery on your journey.

Trail Maps

We’ve created a set of maps to help you along your journey, free to use.

Easy pricing

We like to keep it simple! Our bike packages include everything you’ll need for a great day on the trail – a selection of bikes to hire for the day, a return shuttle to and from Queenstown, and a few extras at no additional cost!

BIKES Bike Shuttle TOTAL
eBike
$110
$150
$260
Comfort eBike
$110
$150
$260
Mountain Bike
$60
$150
$210
Kids eBike
$80
$100
$180
Kids Mountain Bike
$40
$100
$140
EXTRAS Price per day
Baby Buggy
$40
Gel seats
FREE
Large Panniers
FREE
Helmet
FREE
Bag Toolkit
FREE

FAQs

Yes. This well-maintained trail caters to riders of varying skill levels, providing a perfect blend of challenging ascents and exhilarating descents.

We recommend eBikes for people who don’t regularaly bike as there are some steep inclines, but they are easy enough to walk up!

Yes! We recommend this trail for anyone between 7 – 80+ years old. Our range of Specialized kids bikes mean the whole family can enjoy a day out on the trails.

Kristin McGill
Kristin McGill
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We have just completed a fantastic day on the Dunstan Trail thanks to Mike and Queenstown Bike Hire. We were picked up at our accommodation in Queenstown and driven to Cromwell by Mike who shared great conversation and local insight along the way. Our ebikes were excellent and the pannier pack provided was very handy for carrying our lunch and the wine we purchased along the trail! When we reached Clyde, Mike was waiting for us to drive us home. Such a great day. Friendly, efficient, accommodating, and professional - highly recommended!
Shaun and Jane Chisnall
Shaun and Jane Chisnall
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Totally stoked with our tour today!! Mike was super accommodating, friendly and helpful! Beautiful ride on the Lake Dunstin trail. The E-bikes provided we’re AWESOME!
Matt King
Matt King
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Amazing experience, first time users of ebikes, we had such a good experience with Mike, his team were so good as we did not want to cancel due to bad weather so they worked with us to make sure we could still get a trip in. He came to pick us up at our arrived destination at the end of the bike trip early just in case we had got too wet due to the rain. Mike packed the bikes for us so we could dry out in the warm van then he waited while we went to a cafe to have lunch, and was happy to wait for as long as we wanted. Mike gave us suggestions for future trips based on our ability. Highly recommend this company, we will certainly be using again.
Six8five
Six8five
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Our family of three did the Arrowtown to Queenstown bike trail. We thought we couldn’t do it, as we hadn’t ridden a bike for over 10 years…but we did it! thank god for E bikes haha! It was a great, enjoyable family day out with beautiful views
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