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 Wednesday Night Digs. Keep an eye on our Facebook page each week for more details.
QUEENSTOWN BIKE PARK
The Queenstown Bike Park (QBP) was originally established in the late 90's by a passionate group of local volunteers. Fast-forward to today, there are a huge variety of trails of varying grade, style and length and they can be accessed by the Skyline Gondola with a day or season pass. The 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'.
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.
WYNYARD JUMP PARK
The Wynyard jumps have to be seen to be believed. From the lower McNearly Gnarly jump line the jumps build to Mini Dream and all the way up to the legendary Dream Track. These jumps are free to ride and open all year round and attract riders from all around the world.
Wynyard is home to the Atlas SOS party and McGazza Fest, epic biking events in Queenstown not to be missed!
KERRY DRIVE PUMP
Our Kerry Drive Pump Track opened at the end of 2021. It is located up the top of Kerry Drive on Queenstown Hill and has a big parking space and toilets for public use all year round.
Riding when the track is wet damages it really quickly so please give this track a day or two to dry out after heavy rain. It's a great place to take the kids! Over summer we run junior jams at the pump track, for more info on these jams please visit out FB page.
7 MILE RESERVE
A local favourite! 7 Mile has a great variety of trails that are open all year round. With fun, flowy jumps on Jack B Nimble and skills and drop features at Buckland, there is something for everyone! 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
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!
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 from May to November. Check out the parks Instagram page for updates.