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Coronet Face Water Race Trail

A reclaimed historic water race trail across Coronet


This beautiful trail accessed via Coronet Peak Road (or if you’ve got the legs, via the climb up Dan O’ Connells track) really captures the beauty of the Wakatipu Basin as it follows a reclaimed historic water race across Coronet. 

With the recent opening of Hot Rod, in collaboration with QMTBC and Queenstown Trails Trust, the first section of the Water Race trail has seen a few more riders along its way.  However, once past the start of Hot Rod, the trail carries on and you’ll soon feel like you have the trail to yourself.   

About this Trail

  • Getting there
  • Plan & Prepare
  • Trail Code
  • Guided Options
  • FAQ's

Getting there

Drive up Coronet Peak Road, once you have past the Skippers Road turn off you will see two parking areas on either side of the road. On the left marks the end of Rude Rock trail, and on the right marks the start of the Coronet Face Water Race Trail.

If you're needing facilities, you'll need to drive up to the Coronet base building and back down again to start the trail.  

Plan & 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 positive 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 need to be under control at all times - check out QLDC's rules and regs around dog walking in the district here
  • 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.


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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