This is our most popular ride by far – and with good reason! The trail starts in Arrowtown at our Dudley’s cottage base. You’ll meander down the Arrow River, crossing back and forth as the shallow river morphs into a deep gorge. Every part of this ride is iconic, with grand views and impressive structures (an 80-meter swing bridge!).
On this trail, the ride is only half the fun as your destination is the famous Gibbston Wine Region. Stop for a tasting at any one of the amazing wineries and maybe complement with a meal prepared from delicious local produce. Relax at these beautiful places as you take in the scenery – you’ve earned it! Cruise back when you’re ready, or our shuttle service is only a phone call away.
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What an experience! My fiancé and I did the Gibbston trail to the wineries and it was incredible. Takes about 90 minutes each way or so to complete the trail but it is well worth it. Stunning views of the landscape and rivers. The bridge crossings are hold your breath exciting and the course is easy to follow along. Absolutely would do this again and recommend to all who travel to Queenstown/Arrowrown.
We were extremely lucky to just arrive at Better by Bike in Arrowtown and pick up the last two ebikes for a ride out to the Vineyards and back. Having never ridden one of these modern mountain bikes I really enjoyed the ability to zoom up along in "TURBO" setting engaging the warp drive to get up really steep hills! The experience of cycling on a safe pathway , surrounded by mountains and falling leaves was fantastic. The 20 KM out to the Gibbston valley took us all of the two hours promised and more, as we stopped at every corner to take pictures of the beautiful countryside. Having already visited most of the Wineries in the valley we opted to ride the dangerous-looking Chard vineyard road. It was great...so easy on the ebike and the exhilarating cycle around steep drop corners was fantastic. Then the wine at the end of the two-kilometer road was even better. The return cycle seemed to be twice as fast as the outgoing one, probably due to less photography happening. All in all a wonderful experience. Thanks to Meg at Better by bike for all her help! I cannot recommend this experience enough as it was fantastic. OK, you have to put in a bit of effort but the reward was worth it!
Great family adventure from Arrowtown to Bungy bridge
Great bikes, good guidance, lovely ride
Best Bike Shop
Great bikes at short notice
Fun for all
$25 per person, with a minimum of two people.
The Family Rate is $80 (for up to 2 adults and 3 kids).
We are very flexible with our shuttles. You do not have to book them – you can even ring to organize one while you’re out on the trail! If you think you might want one, just let us know at check-in.
If you know you will want one, you can book it alongside your bike – just look for the transfers option to add on at the checkout.
As our rides are not guided, we have included trail support so if you happen to have any issues out on the trails for example a puncture, we are only a phone call away.
We are based here at Dudley’s Cottage and our neighbours at The Dishery certainly know how to make a good coffee. This is a great spot for a light breakfast or lunch, gold panning and souvenirs made in NZ.
This is a great spot for a slightly more formal sit-down restaurant option. We recommend having tastings at your table, as it’s a more personalised experience. It pays to book here during the summer season as it can get quite busy.
Tel. 03 442 6910
Kinross is the must-visit location for lovers of great Pinot noir, as it is the official Cellar Door for 5 local boutique wineries. Our favourite Pinot noir is here and it’s called Wild Irishman. The Kinross Bistro serves fresh, healthy food using seasonal produce. Enjoy a hearty or light lunch, sharing platters or something from the snack menu.
Tel. 03 746 7269
This is a beautiful spot to sit up above the Valley while you enjoy great views, great wine and great service. Platters available.
Tel. 03 441 2493
Great wines and relaxed atmosphere. Maybe play a bit of petanque while enjoying a glass of wine and cheese board.
Tel. 03 442 4315
Cargo at Waitiri Creek is a wonderful location for the whole family with a huge outdoor grassy area to enjoy the atmosphere or let the kids run around and play.
Cargo offers their local brewed Beer and Wine tastings along with a menu of delicious cuisine to choose from.
Tel. 03 441 3315