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Gibbston River Trail

Kawarau Suspension Bridge to the Gibbston Back Road

Part of the Queenstown Trail 'Great Ride' network, this trail begins at the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and winds its way high above the Kawarau River through Central Otago's premier wine-growing region, Gibbston the 'Valley of Vines'. 

About this Trail

  • Getting there
  • Plan and prepare
  • Trail code
  • Guided options
  • FAQ's

Getting there

Parking is available at the start /end point of the Gibbston River Trail, at the AJ Hacket Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre (23.3 kms from Queenstown Centre on SH6). Transport is readily available to and from Gibbston for you and your bikes - search our  Trail Directory and get in touch with one of our tour operators for bike hire and transport options.

The Gibbston River Trail provides a scenic and unique way to experience some of New Zealand's finest wineries, with the option to include the more technical Peregrine Loop if you feel like a challenge! The Gibbston River Trail also links to the Arrow River Bridges Trail which can take you directly to Arrowtown or you can join the Twin Rivers Trail leading you back towards Frankton and Queenstown.

Plan and 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 postive 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 oer 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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