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Book - The Basin Explorer: Full Day Cycle + Wine Tasting


This full day adventure lets you really experience the stunning surround of the Wakatipu Basin and it’s magnificent scenery.

Starting at 9am from your Queenstown accommodation they will deliver you to Queenstown Bay to join Frankton Track where you follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu, after a morning tea stop at the Boat Shed Cafe, you'll ride the Highlights of the Queenstown Trail as you make your way towards Arrowtown.

In Arrowtown enjoy a picnic lunch and some free time to explore this historic gold mining town, before hitting the Arrow river trail for the afternoon on route to the wine region of Gibbston Valley. 

This trip can be catered to any level and is well supported along the way, distances can be tailored to your needs with vehicle support points along the way allowing you to hitch a ride.

Your cycling finishes at the Historic Kawarau Bridge where you will be taken to the Gibbston Valley Winery for a relaxing cave tour and wine tasting being delivered back to your accommodation.


This is a supported cycle tour with your host providing transport and support from the vehicle only. If you would like a guided tour where a knowledgeable guide accompanies you throughout the entire cycle trail this is an additional cost with a guide ratio of 1:10 and should be booked in advance.

What should I bring? 

You will need to bring along the following items: 

  • Comfortable footwear
  • Suitable clothing
  • Sunscreen sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Money for winery

How long is the bike ride? 

The full day tour is approximately 30km (19 miles). 

What is the itinerary? 

9.00AM: Transportation Shuttle Delivery to Queenstown Bay.

  • They shuttle you to the start of the trail.
  • Chat to the local drivers and get to know the person who will be supporting you on your ride.

9.10AM – 9.20 AM: Briefing and Begin Biking

  • Your tour guide will brief you on bike safety, trail navigation and how your tour will work.
  • The first leg of your full day tour is a relaxed ride following the Frankton Track.
  • After this fist section is complete, enjoy a morning tea break. We will provide you with a hot drink at The Boat Shed Cafe.

10.15AM – 12.30PM: Bike The Basin

Ride the Highlights of the Queenstown Trail as you make your way towards Arrowtown.

  • Meet your tour guide at designated locations along the trail to ensure you are on track.
  • Be shuttled certain sections as needed and see the highlights of the trail.
  • Leave extra gear in the support vehicle as required.
  • See beautiful vistas of mountains, lakes and rivers.

12.30PM to 1.30PM: Explore Arrowtown

At approximately 12.30PM you will reach Arrowtown. Here you will enjoy a picnic lunch and some free time to explore this historic gold mining town.

1.30PM: Afternoon Riding

After lunch you will ride a beautiful section of trail from Arrowtown down stream to the Gibbston Valley where a wine tasting awaits.

  • Ride over multiple swing bridges and enjoy the river views.
  • Relax in the support vehicle for a section if the legs have had enough of riding.
  • Cross the Karawau Bungy Bridge – the first bungy jumping location in the world.
  • Visit a Gibbston Valley winery for your included tasting.

4.30PM : Shuttle Back To Queenstown

Your shuttle will depart from the winery at 4.30 PM to ensure you are back in Queenstown by approximately 5:00 PM

The Basin Explorer: Full Day Cycle + Wine Tasting Location

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