Gibbston River Trail

Track category

Walking track
Mountain bike - Intermediate

Time:  

1 - 2.5 hr one way

Distance:  

11km one way

Description

Gibbston River Trail

Gibbston River Trail. Photo: Susan Stevens.
Magnificent views of the Kawarau River on the Gibbston River Trail

Time: Kawarau Suspension Bridge to Peregrine Wines 1-2 hr, 5km
Kawarau Suspension Bridge to Peregrine Wines via Wentworth Bridge Loop 2-3 hr, 6.7km

This track is unrivalled in the Wakatipu basin for its scenic river and landscape views and its historic features. The modified landscape tells the story of the 19th century gold mining on the Gibbston Flats and the dynamic force of the Kawarau River.

Wentworth Bridge Loop

Time: 1 hr return, 2.7km

11 arched timber bridges protect archaeological evidence from the earliest days of Otago's mining heritage, including a collapsed mining tunnel and several large tailraces. Two steel truss bridges cross the deep chasm of Camp Creek - one passing through the upper branches of an old willow tree.

The Wentworth Bridge Loop is not recommended for mountain bikes. 

Highway Trail

Time: Peregrine Wines car park to Gibbston Back Road 1 hr 20 min, 3.2km
Peregrine Wines to Church Lane 55 min, 2.2km

This easy track links to the Gibbston River Trail. Walkers and mountain bikers are safely separated from the Gibbston Highway on a graveled track along the farm fencelines, which links the Wentworth Bridge Loop to the Waitiri Loop. The track also links to Coal Pit Road and the Gibbston Back Road.

Rum Currie's Hut

The Gibbston Community Association rescued a heritage orchard and stone structures from encroaching vegetation at the bottom of Rafter's Road. This heritage and archaeological site takes its name from Rum Currie, a returned war veteran, who lived in this well-preserved hut around the time of the great depression.

The site was registered for protection with the NZ Historic Places Trust and the association added car parking, picnic areas, interpretive signage and a containment toilet.

Getting there

You can access this track from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge car park or the Peregrine Wines car park.

Activities

Dog walking Dog walking
Historic sites Historic sites
Mountain biking and cycling Mountain biking and cycling

 

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36-38 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300
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