One of the main reasons for the formation of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club was to engage with the wider community in the building of MTB trails in the region. The club works closely with the Department of Conservation, Queenstown Lakes District Council and landowners in building new trails and maintaining the existing trail network.
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club develop and maintain a wide variety of local mountain bike trails. All QMTBC trails are free for the public to ride but please respect any trail closures you may come across. If you're keen to get involved with building new mountain bike trails or maintaining your favourites, QMTBC hold voluntary trail digs every Wednesday night. Follow our Facebook page for more details.
The Queenstown Bike Park (QBP) was originally established in the late 90's by a passionate group of local volunteers. Fast-forward to 2020, and during the summer months, 30+ trails of varying grade, style and length can be accessed by the Skyline Gondola with a day or season pass. QBP can also be accessed all year, by jumping on your bike and pedalling up the 4WD access road.
There's every type of trail up in the park that you could want; from the aptly named double black 'World Cup' of high-level tech, to big air on 'Huck Yeah' and grin-worthy rooty fun down 'Squid Run'. Jump on your bike and get pedalling or buy a pass and find out what the Queenstown Bike Park has to offer with 400m vertical meters of descent!
Coronet Peak is an absolute locals favourite - it's the perfect place for a summer evening ride. The DH and XC trails were built in the mid 2000's and have been a staple of summer riding ever since. Both trails start near the top of the Coronet Express chairlift - the DH is descent only and features drops, jumps and berms. The XC is a two way trail of fun, bermed flowing singletrack.
Since 2019, lift access has been available for several months in the summer, so pedal access is available after the lifts have closed - it's worth checking out the Coronet Peak facebook page to check on opening hours before you head out.
On the west of the mountain, Rude Rock added 3km of flowing trail through golden tussock in 2014 and is easily shuttled. From Rude Rock, riders can access Skippers Canyon and the old school Pack Track via the link trail Pack Sack & Track. Rude Rock starts just above the Greengates chairlift bottom station.
For some extra distance and technical challenge, head down Slip Saddle (accessed via the XC Track) and link to Bush Creek all the way to Arrowtown. This trail is steep, rough, rowdy and fun! Locally known as 'Corotown'.
The Remarks DH track is another locals favourite for a taste of classic Queenstown riding and is a big hit each season for a race day. The trail is packed with berms, a few rock garden sections and some small jumps.
There are two options that start from the cattle grid on the Remarkables Access Rd: Toll Gate and Stoney Creek. Stoney Creek is an advanced trail and features large compulsory gap jumps. In the summer months there is a vehicle road toll on the access road, but bicycles are exempt from this.
Jumps, jumps and a few more jumps - McNearly Gnarly is a super flowy intermediate jump trail full of table top style jumps and swooping corners, perfect for learning and progressing your air time skills.
The trail is accessible via an easy climbing track, the Fernhill Loop above Wynyard Bike Park. After a short rest at the top you get to ride 65 jumps and 54 berms winding through the forest. Everything is rollable for those just finding their feet so head up and have a go.
GORGE ROAD JUMPS
The Gorge Road jump park is sculpted perfection for dirt jumpers and BMXers alike. The passionate locals have been volunteering many hours to make this into a world class jump park for beginners to pro riders to enjoy.
These jumps have featured in many a bike movie and are a must see when riding in Queenstown. The jumps are closed over winter so make sure you check the QMTBC app for opening dates.
7 MILE RESERVE
Our local favourite! 7 Mile has seen a little love this winter with some trail makeovers on Gravitron, Jack B Nimble, Kachoong and IB55. Next on the list is a new feature trail which will include a number of wooden skills challenges. 7 Mile Reserve is perfect for all level of riders to practice and develop skills and Wilson Bay is the ideal location for a refreshing dip in Lake Wakatipu on a hot day after your ride!
Fernhill Bike Park is the home of natural tech and supreme flow. QMTBC have been developing this area over the past few years with some superb trails such as the Wednesday Night Dig Crew epic 'Salmon Run', and more recently, Lower Lower Missing Link.
From the top of the Queenstown Bike Park, following Beeched As around to McGazza's table or pedalling up the Ben Lomond track to the Ben Lomond saddle are the best options for exploring this area.
Watch this space! We have some exciting plans for our future trail network in this area
For a stunning backcountry ride, head out onto the Moonlight Track and you'll feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere within minutes! This track follows a classic piece of single track from McChesney's Rd in Arthurs Point around the backside of Ben Lomond before joining remote farm track and emerging at Moke Lake, high up above Closeburn, west of Queenstown. At Moke Lake, the loop can be extended to ride back to town via the Lake Dispute Track, Phoenix, 7 Mile and B.o.B.
This undulating XC style trail has some exposed sections and is remote, so you need to be self sufficient for this ride. The perfect excuse for some extra snacks!
WYNYARD BIKE PARK
Grab some friends and shuttle the Wynyard Express DH track or hangout at the Wynyard jumps. The Express DH is a long standing favourite among the DH riders. Flowy top section leads riders into the jump park then down some steeper techy terrain through beech forest to Lake Wakatipu.
The Wynyard jumps have to be seen to be believed. From a small beginner line through to mahoosive booters and stepdowns these jumps attract riders from all around the world. Wynyard is also home to the Atlas SOS party each year - a biking event in Queenstown not to be missed.
Drop into any of the friendly bike shops in Queenstown and grab a paper QMTBC trail map for $5 that
details all of these areas and more. All proceeds go straight back into the trails.
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