Northeast of Queenstown, the Coronet Peak Ski Area has a network of mountain bike trails.
To reach the trailhead from Queenstown, head north on Shotover Street. Turn left on Gorge Road (which becomes Arthur Point Road and then Malaghan Road) for 7km. Turn left heading up Coronet Peak Ski Area road for 8.2km into the ski area.
Note: if you are expecting lift access, make sure to call ahead to see if the lifts are running and open to bikes. Typically, the lifts are open the second week in January through the end of February.
Fall Line - Downhill Trail
Starting from the top of the quad lift, we zig and zag down a large natural half pipe over natural rock features on a benched trail, before passing over some 'real rocks' and boosting up onto the main piste. Cross the open field of the piste and into a steeper section that eases back to high speed single track with some mellow air with a few off camber pieces, couple of jumps/drops, short rock garden, then gather speed as you weave down through natural bowls and rollers under the chair. Large user friendly terrain park type features including berms, hips, doubles and all those shapes we like, as we weave down the front face to finish just out front of the base building deck. A track that could be cruised or raged. The same track we race down could be ridden by intermediate riders at half the pace. A proper benched and formed trail including chicken shoots and intelligent flow, with plenty of room for expression. Dry, schist, crumbly, rocky, loose alpine soil, unless of course nature intervenes.
Rocky Gully - Downhill Cross Country Trail
At last, a trail that everyone can play on. A chairlift accessed, recreational trail, built with the medium travel, every day biker in mind. Cross country bikes or recreational bikes, it doesn't matter. As one of our mates always says, its not about the bike… this trail is all about fun and flow. Scenically stunning, this 7km trail starts at the top of the high speed quad chair and meanders and rolls its way on a fully benched and well formed shelf way out to the eastern reaches of Coronet Peak and back. Past stunning rock features, lush alpine vegetation and delicious vistas. Switch backs, berms, gentle roll overs and some optional mellow jumps for those wanting to try some small bite size aerial manoeuvres, yet cleverly designed to entertain the experienced rider too. More of a scenic, enduro kind of trail that will be great fun to ride with a group of friends, or safe enough to play around on your own. Even the good rider should take three times as long to descend this trail compared to the true down hill track that was hugely popular (tho' a little too challenging for some!) last year.
Overall, Coronet Peak Ski Area is the 15th most popular mountain bike trail of all 41 mountain biking rides in New Zealand.