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Cycle the new Lake Dunstan Trail and let the stunning views and the teal coloured waters of the Kawarau and Clutha Rivers guide you between Clyde and Cromwell for a complete Central Otago experience. Explore the picturesque Lake Dunstan trail and enjoy the coffee at the floating coffee shop halfway along the track.
Collect your car from the airport and depart for your first stop today, historic Arrowtown. Known for its picturesque charm and gold mining history, Arrowtown is well worth a visit, grab a glass of hot chocolate or a pint of something cooling and soak up the small-town magic. Next, it’s time to drive to Cromwell, the stone fruit capital of New Zealand. Pass the Kawarau Gorge and pull in to Mrs Jones’ Family fruit stall to sample some of the freshest fruit this region has to offer. Afterwards, drive to Mount Difficulty for lunch (12pm-3:30pm) and enjoy a delicious platter of gourmet cheeses, meats and mussels on the outdoor terrace. Why not treat yourself to a glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir to toast to the first day of your tour. When you’re ready, drive to your accommodation for the night at the Central Park Apartments. The accommodation is a 4-star qual mark rated complex featuring garden views and all the modern comforts of home. Have a hearty dinner before turning in for an early night in preparation for the day tomorrow.
Lunch platter and drinks at Mt Difficulty Winery Restaurant* (The time for this experience can vary depending on your flights or preference)
*This experience is not available on Mondays or Tuesdays in 2021.
Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast this morning before getting ready to start your e-bike cycling day through the newly opened Lake Dunstan Trail from Cromwell Highlands Park. The trail begins just outside of Cromwell and you’ll be cycling approx. 35 km to Clyde along Lake Dunstan, past the Kawarau River and along the mighty Clutha River Mata-au. You’ll see the Historical Precinct in Cromwell, man-made landscapes, the rich Maori and early pioneer history and abundant vineyards and cellar doors in Bannockburn. Enjoy the scenery while travelling on a mixture of compacted cycle trail, clip-on trails and suspension bridges. There are five bolt-on sections/bluff bridges along this track with the third bluff bridge stretching close to 200m. Also, keep a lookout for the floating coffee shop! You can take this ride at a leisurely pace if you prefer, just make sure you arrive in Clyde in time for your 3pm (Jun-Sep) / 5pm (Oct-May) shuttle back to Cromwell.
After an incredible few days exploring this scenic part of Aotearoa, it’s time to head back to idyllic Queenstown. Take your sore muscles to the Onsen hot pools for a luxurious soak or perhaps stretch them out with a hike up Queenstown Hill to see the views of the gorgeous Remarkables Mountains and the stunning Lake Wakatipu. This evening you might want to take a cruise on the legendary Steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, or simply have dinner and drinks at one of Queenstown’s many eateries.