Just northwest of the city center, the best Queenstown mountain biking is located up in the Ben Lomond Forest. The forest has a vastly expanded trail network that can be ridden from town or lift-accessed via the Skyline Gondola. From the "Gondy" lift summit station, there are 30 mountain bike trails totaling 30km with a maximum descent of 450m. This Queenstown Bike Pa...
Just northwest of the city center, the best Queenstown mountain biking is located up in the Ben Lomond Forest. The forest has a vastly expanded trail network that can be ridden from town or lift-accessed via the Skyline Gondola. From the "Gondy" lift summit station, there are 30 mountain bike trails totaling 30km with a maximum descent of 450m. This Queenstown Bike Park trail network includes singletracks, flow trails and downhill lines ranging from buff to technical with rocks and roots. The levels of difficulty range from 30% beginner to 20% intermediate to 50% difficult.
Within the Ben Lomond Forest, the backbone uphill access route is Skyline Road, which is a steep 4WD road climbing 2.9km to the Skyline Gondola summit complex. From the gondola complex, there are two main routes down to the midway picnic area: the Ben Lomond Track (1.7km) or Vertigo (1 km). Either way, you can't go wrong. From the midway picnic area, you can hop on the Original track leading the rest of the way down to the parking area. Of course, there are dozens of newer lines to session.
One of the other original routes is the 8km Fernhill Loop. It combines a steep 2km 4WD road climb up Skyline Road to midway picnic area. Then the climb continues for another 3km up the steep, rocky and rooty Fernhill Track. After passing through several meadows, you will reach the final summit with views of the Wakatipu Lake below. Then, there is a fast, steep 3km downhill.
There are two trailhead options. First and foremost, there is the Skyline Gondola lift located right in town. In Queenstown, it is located at the north end of Brecon Street. The lift runs to the top station where the Queenstown Bike Park starts.
Alternately, if you prefer to ride up, there is a trailhead for the trails in Ben Lomond Forest. From Queenstown City Center, head west on Beach Street. After first block, veer right on Brunswick Street. At the second intersection, turn right heading north up Lomond Cresent. The long roadside parking area is on the right.
After a long day of mountain biking in Queenstown, there are several great places to check out. The best options are the Atlas Beer Cafe and the World Bar.
Overall, Queenstown Bike Park is the 16th most popular mountain bike trail of all 39 mountain biking rides in New Zealand. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Queenstown Bike Park including Skippers Canyon Track, Moke Circuit, Coronet Peak Ski Area, Seven Mile Recreation Reserve, Moonlight Track and Macetown 4WD Road.
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