Starting at the Queenstown Gardens, it’s a flat and easy ride to Frankton Beach as the trail follows the shore of Lake Wakatipu, call in to the historic Boatshed for coffee and a delicious sticky bun or Altitude Brewing for a local craft beer.
Continue on past Frankton Beach towards the Kawarau Falls Bridge, cross under the bridge to connect with the Twin Rivers Trail. Follow the trail alongside the Kawarau Falls Scenic Reserve down to the Kawarau River.
Follow the banks of the Kawarau River towards the Shotover Delta, here the Shotover River enters the Kawarau River from the north and you will follow the trail to make your way towards the Old Lower Shotover Bridge. Restored to its former glory by the Rotary Club of Queenstown, the view from the bridge up to Coronet Peak is breath-taking – a definite photo moment.
Cross the Old Lower Shotover Bridge and follow the trail down the true left of the Shotover River to Old School Road, you’ll pass underneath the State Highway 6 and continue on hugging the river and the willow tree lined banks, past the Shotover Country and Lakes Hayes Estate communities. As you wind your way along the true south of the river, the trail includes a few climbs but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with some of the most majestic views in the area.
Just before reaching Billie’s Bridge which crosses Hayes Creek, there's a picturesque picnic spot. Sit back, relax and drink in the splendour of this serene location.
At the top of Thompson’s hill - the longest and last hill on this ride, stop and admire the view across the Kawarau River up to the Remarkables mountain range and Rastus Burn. Enjoy the easy descent through tranquil pastoral land surrounded by three mountain ranges. The Twin Rivers Trail ends at Morven Ferry Road where you pick up the Arrow River Bridges Trail.
Follow the meandering trail until you see the Edgar Suspension Bridge, an impressive feat of engineering, this breathtakingly graceful 80-metre bridge looms dramatically. From its midpoint, it is guaranteed to deliver gasps of appreciation at the view down the Arrow Gorge. Photo stops are a must here.
Beyond the Edgar Bridge you’ll find our Wall of Recognition. Please take time to stop and offer up a 'thanks' to the landowners and Queenstown community who had the vision to help make the Queenstown Trail a reality.
Getting across busy State Highway 6 is a piece of cake via the Barfoot Tunnel - and onto a part of the trail which follows the original goldminers’ road into Queenstown. Breathe in the thyme-scented mountain air as you make your way over the historic Kawarau Bridge, also home of A J Hackett’s bungy site, the world’s first bungy operation. The AJ Hackett Centre is a stunning piece of architecture, well worth a visit - a fabulous café, toilets and of course tickets for that bungy jump you've been promising yourself. As you leave the AJ Hackett car park (accessible from SH6) follow the signs to the Gibbston River Trail. From here, your journey takes you into dramatic wine country. Choose to explore the Gibbston River Trail, taking in some wine tasting and enjoy all that the 'valley of vines' has to offer. Check out our Gibbston page for more information.