Gibbston River Trail

Image: Susan Stevens | ©


The Gibbston River Trail is a walking and mountain bike track that stretches 11km from the historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge along the south bank of the Kawarau River.

Track overview

11 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 - 3 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


Gibbston River Trail

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

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.

Peregrine 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 Peregrine 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. 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.


Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
Back to top