- ABOUT THE SPOT
Mountain Biking in Skippers Canyon, Queenstown, Otago New Zealand
The town is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu and the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, with spectacular mountains such as the Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Ben Lomond. Queenstown and the surrounding area was the setting for the legendary films Lord of the Rings and X-Men Origins. Despite the mountainous landscape, the climate is considered to be oceanic, with warm summers and temperatures that can reach up to 30°C/86°F, and cold winters with frequent snowfalls.
A few kilometers away, lies Skippers Canyon, a picturesque gorge (22 km/13 mi length) that houses Shotover River. Grasp the opportunity to explore the wild beauty of the canyon in an organized mountain biking tour. Discover the narrow and steep Skippers Canyon Road (one of the most scenic roads in the whole world), that leads to the historic gold-mining town.
The more experienced rider can choose the 2 mi/4 km long Skippers Pack Track trail (one of the best trails for mountain biking in New Zealand). It is the original trail gold miners built more than a 100 years ago to enter the canyon. Immerse yourself in the biking adventure, feel the thrill of your personal effort and enjoy the breathtaking landscape throughout your journey!