Grade 2 / Easy
16.4 km one way
Begin at the Queenstown Gardens entrance by the Bathhouse on Marine Parade and follow the signposts all the way along the lakefront. Stop at the Frankton Marina for coffee at the Boatshed Cafe or a craft beer at Altitude Brewing, then follow the signs to the historic Kawarau Falls Bridge, which in 2018 became pedestrians only. This is where the Lake Wakatipu flows into the Kawarau River - it's well worth pausing here to admire the crystal clear waters below.
Descend from the Kawarau Falls Bridge and pass the Hilton Hotel and another opportunity for good coffee or if you feel the urge for brunch or beer. If the mood takes you, make an afternoon of it and indulge in a massage or spa treatment.
Continue along past the Hilton Hotel and the lakeside trail which hugs the Frankton Arm, passing lakeside mansions and numerous jetties and beaches until you reach Kelvin Grove and the Queenstown Yacht Club. The Kelvin Heights Sculpture Trail is a loop around the golf course that features numerous fantastic sculptures, some hidden amongst the trees. Take your time and explore this magical trail and see how many of the sculptures you can spot! Following the Kelvin Heights Sculpture Trail around the Queenstown Golf Course for more sweeping views across the lake. As the trail nears Jardine Park, there is an optional technical section called the Kelvin Peninsula Lakeside Trail, suitable for more advanced riders. Otherwise, follow the signs via a short stretch of road, cycle along Grove Lane to Peninsula Road, turning right onto Poplar Drive for an easier route to Jardine Park.
Return the same way, or carry on around the trail and enjoy more stunning views from the south side of the golf course towards Jardine Park and the Jack's Point Trail and beyond.