‘Around The Basin’ Bike Tours has been operating on the Queenstown Trails since October 2012, offering Supported and Guided Bike Adventures as well as a Bike Shuttle Service within the Wakatipu Basin and Southern Lakes Region. Owned by Steve Norton and Lisa Cooper, both passionate cyclists with over 25 years of involvement in the adventure tourism industry.
‘Around the Basin’ Hire & Shuttle is ideal for Grade 1 to 2 riders wanting a quality mountain biking experience in one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand. The purpose built Queenstown Trails wander through the basin, past two lakes, three river gorges, historic Arrowtown, the wine area of Gibbston Valley and countless mountain ranges. The trails that are utilised are all off road and with shuttle transport this allows you to see the real highlights of Queenstown by bike. Combining full day bike hire with a one-way or return shuttle is a great option for the independent do-it-yourself rider wishing to explore the Queenstown Trail.
Tours can be split based on your focus for the day and are grouped into ‘Bike the Wineries Tours’ and ‘Supported Tours.’
‘Wineries Tours’ explore the Gibbston Wine Valley by bike, whereas the ‘Supported Tours’ are more ride focused, but often finish at a winery for an included tasting. The great thing about the Supported Tours is that you will have a driver and van dedicated to your group that will meet you along the trail, providing navigation tips, helping transport any excess gear, as well as providing some local knowledge. The van can also transport you through sections, allowing you to see the highlights of the trail.
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Minimal riding and maximum winery time. Taste as many wines as you like. We’re driving. We’ll pick you up from your winery of choice including the wine you buy.
This Half Day Self-Guided Tour begins with an afternoon pick up from our shop at 9 Duke Street in central Queenstown and a scenic transfer to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, the home of bungy and the beginning of the Gibbston Wine Valley.
After bike fitting, helpful winery and trail information from your knowledgeable driver, you’re free to set off riding the Gibbston River Trail at your leisure using our informative trail map with exclusive offers to visit as many of the amazing wineries, a cheesery and brewery linked throughout this section of easy riding trail.
We will pick you up from the Gibbston Tavern (or another pre-arranged point in the valley) for your relaxing vehicle transfer back to Queenstown. Total biking distance is 5-12 kms depending on how many wineries you wish to visit.
Price: $80 per person Child: $60 pp (aged 5 to 12 yeras of age)
Pick up timings: Queenstown departs 9:00 am – please book well in advance to secure your spot.
Duration: Half Day
Grab your morning coffee in Arrowtown and explore Arrowtown, bridges, Bungy, wineries, cheesery, tavern, brewery… It’s gotta be good! Taste as many wines as you like as we will be driving and pick you up from your winery of choice.
This Full Day Self-Guided Tour begins with a scenic shuttle transfer from Queenstown to the quaint gold mining village of Arrowtown. Here we cover mountain bike fitting, navigation, bike safety and very importantly; winery information. Choose to enjoy one of the many great cafes and explore Arrowtown or get straight into your scenic morning ride along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge – home of the world famous Bungy jump.
From Bungy spend the afternoon biking at your leisure along the Gibbston River Trail using our informative winery map to visit as many of the 8+ wineries linked throughout this easy riding trail. Enjoy a relaxed lunch en-route or picnic at one of the many Wineries.
We will pick you up at 4.30pm (3.30pm 1 May – 30 Sept) from Gibbston Tavern (or another pre-arranged point in the valley) for your relaxing vehicle transfer back to Queenstown.
• Riding Distance to first winery: 15km • Riding distance to furtherest winery: 23km
This Half Day Self-Guided Tour begins with a relaxed mid morning pick up from our shop at 9 Duke Street in central Queenstown, followed by a scenic transfer to Tuckers Beach, a beautiful spot tucked away on the banks of the Shotover River.
After bike fitting, and helpful trail information from your knowledgeable driver, you’re free to set off riding at your leisure using our informative trail map. This section is exceptionally scenic, and has the added bonus of passing the famous Boat Shed Cafe, as well as the Bathhouse Cafe on the edge of Queenstown. Make your way back to Queenstown Bay and then onwards to our shop in central Queenstown, return your bike and the tour is complete.
Shuttle with us from Queenstown to Arrowtown. Ride along the Arrow River Trail to the historic Kawarau Bungy Bridge. From there proceed into the Gibbston Wine Valley, making your way to a designated winery from which you will be shuttled back to Queenstown.
If you feel like your legs may struggle on this half day ride, then upgrade to one of our premium Electric Bikes. Just choose this option when finalising your booking.
Do you ride regularly and are looking for some exercise, this one’s for you with lakes, river gorges, bridges and cafe stops along the way. Being independent you can ride at your pace riding the trail one way and shuttle back
From the shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown Bay follow the Twin Rivers Trail along the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. Make the decision to head to either historic Arrowtown or the Gibbston Wine Valley. Relax in our shuttle as we transport you back to Queenstown after your ride.
looking for some exercise and you ride regularly, this one’s for you with shuttle to Arrowtown & riding back to Queenstown past lakes, river gorges, bridges and numerous cafe stops along the way getting back to town in your own time. 35 km one way ride – way better than an “out and back”
Head out on a scenic 25 minute drive to Arrowtown. Be fitted to your bike, given trail tips, a map and safety briefing then depart on your independent adventure ride.
Explore Arrowtown and grab a coffee before setting off to ride at your leisure along the Arrow River Bridges Trail toward Morven Ferry Intersection, from here either take a diversion to the Kawarau Bungy or follow the Twin Rivers Trail along the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and onward to Queenstown Bay where you can return your bike.
Supported tours means that you will have a driver and van dedicated to your group that will meet you along the trail, providing navigation tips, helping transport any excess gear, as well as providing some local knowledge. The van can also transport you through sections, allowing you to see the highlights of the trail
See it all… This is more than just a ride. Lakes, river gorges, suspension bridges, Bungy and a winery. Riding catered to suit your ability and desires No worries, we’ll support you along the way. We’ll get you sorted with everything for your ride, lunch included. A perfect ending, we’ll shout you a wine tasting.
Starting with pick up from your central Queenstown accommodation, your kiwi guide will deliver you to Queenstown Bay. Here you are given thorough directions, a trail map and navigation tips before setting off on your mountain bike.
Follow the the stunning Frankton Track and warm into the riding, before being treated to a mid-morning coffee or hot drink break. Ride the banks of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers and experience the grand views of the Wakatipu Basin. Pause for a provided picnic lunch and to explore historic Arrowtown.
The afternoon will see you biking along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers to the Historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge – home of the famous Kawarau Bungy jump. Finish with a short ride through the Gibbston Wine Valley and enjoy a relaxing wine tasting before we transport you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
This trip can be catered to any level of rider and is well supported along the way by your dedicated tour guide. Please note that your guide will not be riding the trail with you, but will meet you with the vehicle at frequent support locations along the way, allowing you to hitch a ride if required. Approximate biking distance is 30kms – all off-road. This distance can be altered to suit the group. Don’t be intimidated by the distances, this tour is about more than just the ride.
See it all… Electric bikes are awesome. Lakes, river gorges, suspension bridges, Bungy and a winery. Riding catered to suit your ability and desires. No worries, we’ll support you along the way. We’ll get you sorted with everything for your ride, lunch included. A perfect ending, we’ll shout you a wine tasting.
Go further and see more! Ride the same trails as the Basin Explorer but enjoy the luxury and comfort of an Electric Bike.
Phone: (+64) 27 952 5801 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pick up: 9 Dukes treet, Queenstown