Arrowtown 5 Bridges Ride

Start in Arrowtown and ride to Gibbston

  • Arrowtown to the start of Gibbston 13kms each way
  • Approximately 1.5 hours each way
  • Grade 1-2
  • Easy to medium
  • Terrain is undulating, but no big hill climbs
  • Suitable for everyone of all ages
  • Worried about a few hills, then go electric

A relatively easy ride along the Arrow Rivr. Zigzagging across bridges in an Alpine setting which delivers you into the home of magnificent Central Otago wines – Gibbston! Great for couples, families and wine enthusiasts.

Your ride starts at our base in Dudley’s Cottage, Arrowtown. The entrance to the lovely willow-lined Arrow River (home of the goldrush in the 1800s).

Crossing five bridges, you’ll zig-zag the chortling Arrow River. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities, swimming holes and picnic spots along the river’s edge, so take your time and enjoy the journey.

One of the most popular photo stops is midway across the awe-inspiring Southern Discoveries suspension bridge. A destination in itself, and what a view!

Yet another impressive feat of engineering, the breathtakingly graceful 80-metre Edgar Suspension Bridge looms dramatically above the river. From its midpoint, it is guaranteed to deliver gasps of appreciation at the view down the gorge.

Getting across busy State Highway 6 is a piece of cake via the Barfoot Tunnel – and onto a part of the trail which follows the original goldminers’ road.

Breathe in the thyme-scented mountain air as you make your way over the historic Kawarau Bridge, home of A J Hackett’s Bungy site, and onto the Gibbston River trail.

A full day allows enough time to visit the wineries for lunch and tastings before riding back to Arrowtown. A half day allows enough time for a ride to Gibbston and back. Once you get out to Gibbston, you may decide to get the transport back. We are only a phone call away. Whatever you choose, we provide full support and transport from anywhere on the trails.