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Coronet Loop Trail

Queenstown's newest backcountry XC trail

Over 50km of spectacular backcountry and goldmining heritage awaits on this epic backcountry singletrack trail.

About this Trail

  • GETTING THERE
  • PLAN & PREPARE
  • Trail Code
  • WALKING & CAMPING
  • GUIDED OPTIONS
  • FAQs
  • SUPPORT US

GETTING THERE

Parking is available adjacent to Dudley's Cottage (accessible from Buckingham St) or in the carpark at the bottom of Ramshaw Lane. It is also possible to shorten the route by starting at Skippers saddle off the Coronet Peak Rd.

PLAN & PREPARE

This is a 50+km backcountry track with limited phone coverage, so you will need to be adequately prepared to be self-sufficient. As with all backcountry missions, a personal beacon, basic first aid and repair kit, and survival blanket are strongly recommended. Water is limited, but plenty of mountain streams for a refill along the way. Don't forget the chain lube!

The trail crosses a variety of terrain and includes some steep and exposed areas, moderately technical sections, and is not suitable for beginner riders.

The trail traverses through an alpine environment and weather can change rapidly. Check the forecast, bring extra layers, and tell someone when you expect to return.

Trail Code

Here are a few important pointers to foster positive attitudes between different trail users. Remember we are lucky that many local landowners have given us access to their private property.

  • Be considerate of other trail users
  • Bikers give way to walkers
  • Stay in control so you can safely avoid other users and keep yourself safe
  • Keep to the trail, don’t trespass on private land
  • Dogs should be under control at all times
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Light no fires
  • Report all hazards
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints (and tyre tracks)

WALKING & CAMPING

The trail is available for walkers and hikers and can be walked in either direction. Depending on your ability, we would expect this to be at least a two day walk, but can also be done over three days. 

There is a total fire ban on the trail. The Greengate and Eight Mile Huts will be available for overnight stays and are the designated camping areas. These are very basic backcountry shelters available on a first come, first served basis. You will need to be self-sufficient as there are no cooking facilities or running water at either hut. 

As of March 2022, only the Greengate Hut is available and we will update this page as soon as the Eight Mile Hut is open. Toilets are also being installed at both hut sites in the coming weeks.

GUIDED OPTIONS

Many of our Trusted Partners will be offering shuttle services and guiding on this trail - 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.

FAQs

Go to the Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to any questions you may have before you head out onto the trail.

SUPPORT US

We hope you enjoyed your Coronet Loop experience as much as we enjoyed building it! We’re now in the process of applying for the ultimate finish to this circuit, with a new purpose-built route over Big Hill saddle and down German Hill back to Butler’s Green.

If you share our passion and vision, and want to see more trails like this come to life, please support us with a donation. 

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