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Experience of the Week: the Ride and Wine self guided tour

Arrowtown wine and bike self-guided tour, New Zealand

What is the Experience?

The perfect combination of fresh air, spectacular scenery and award-winning wine, this self-guided ‘Ride and Wine’ tour beginning in Arrowtown, New Zealand, is ideal for those after a little ‘soft’ adventure.

A leisurely bike ride through historic Arrowtown and the picturesque Kawarau Gorge takes you across purpose built suspension bridges, open farmland with stunning mountain views and the breathtaking Kawarau River. Pass the site of the original AJ Hackett Bungy and stop to watch as people throw themselves off the 43 metre jump.

You’ll then continue on into the heart of the gorge to arrive at Gibbston Valley Winery where you’ll join a wine expert to sample some of the regions finest. What better way to round off an afternoon of exercise than with a refreshing glass of red? Or white - if that's more your style. Transport will be provided back to Arrowtown for you and your bike.

Where is it located?

Arrowtown Bike Hire is located only 20-minutes’ from the adventure capital of Queenstown on the main road through Arrowtown on Buckingham Street. Tours depart from Queenstown or Arrowtown.

Who would enjoy this?

This is a great experience for couples or groups of friends who enjoy the finer side of food and wine and others seeking a very easy cycling experience.

Fine tours Factoid?

In 1862 Jack Tewa a Maori farmer found gold in Arrowtown and by the end of 1862 fifteen hundred miners were camped noisily beside the Arrow River. 12,000 ounces (340 kgs) of yellow treasure were lugged out by the first gold escort in January 1863. (This load alone was worth $18 million at today’s prices).