Northwest of Queenstown, the 8km Fernhill Loop is a popular from town route. 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.
To reach mountain biking at the trailhead serving 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.
Overall, Fernhill Loop is the 15th most popular mountain bike trail of all 41 mountain biking rides in New Zealand.