27 September 2012 by Luke McCormick
Queenstown is about the open a network of trails that local officials hope will make the town a ‘must visit' biking destination.
The 110km Queenstown Trail, which will be officially opened on 18 October, is being hailed as one of the country's flagship trails and is one of 18 projects earmarked as a ‘New Zealand Great Ride'.
The trail will run alongside pristine rivers, lakes and mountain ranges and connect the Wakatipu Basin, Gibbston ‘valley of vines', Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown Bay.
Cyclists can choose to complete the full multi-day ride or spend a day or even an hour exploring parts of the trail which is designed to showcase exceptional alpine scenery and provide easy access to iconic Queenstown experiences including bungy jumping, jet boating and wine tasting.
Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd said: "Anyone with a passion for two wheels owes it to themselves to check out Queenstown's trails.
"The stunning scenery, combined with a trail network that offers options for every bike enthusiast, makes Queenstown a truly world class destination for mountain biking.
"Local operators have recognised the need to be cycle-friendly and have developed a range of services to make it as easy as possible for visitors.
"There's now a bike assembly area at Queenstown Airport, a range of bike tours, products, packages and rental gear, so whether you're looking for a family-friendly ride, adrenaline pumping downhill action, a backcountry heli-biking adventure or a leisurely pedal around the region's many vineyards to taste the award-winning wine, it's all possible."