Bike tracks

Arrowtown offers some of the best biking opportunities in Otago, with a range of trails to suit everyone from kids on balance bikes to expert mountainbikers.

As a hub for the Queenstown Trail, New Zealand's most popular Great Ride, Arrowtown has access to a wealth of easy riding on well-maintained gravel trails that link through to Gibbston, Lake Hayes, Frankton, Kelvin Heights and Jacks Point, and Queenstown. These trails are shared with walkers and cyclists must give way to those on foot – it's a good idea to have a bike bell to warn them when you're coming up behind them.

There are more challenging mountainbike trails up in the hills behind Arrowtown, including a downhill track off Tobins Track. Biking is permitted going up the river to Macetown, with singletrack options beside the river to keep you out of the water. The new 50km Coronet Loop trail, which starts and finishes in Arrowtown, takes riders on a big back-country adventure. It is for fit and well-equipped mountainbikers, and cannot be ridden in winter. There is also an experts-only steep and rutted track from Coronet Peak for those looking for an (almost) all downhill journey from the skifield to Arrowtown.

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