Remote. Exhilarating. Unforgettable.


Welcome Rock is home to a hand built 27km Hiking & Biking Trail and Backcountry Accommodation on our high country farm in Northern Southland.

Just 45 minutes South of Queenstown, you can get away from the everyday and enjoy breath-taking panoramic views, a rich gold mining history, hand restored trails, and comfortable accommodation.

Clear the mind and refresh your spirit.


The Trail

Bikers & Hikers – this trail was made for you. Literally.

27 km of single track loop trail, hand restored by Tom, a fourth generation farmer, and a gang of volunteers, using just hand tools; it took 2 years and 5500 hours to build. Mad but true!

With a dash of history, a splash of sweat and a bucket load of passion – you won’t find another trail quite like it..


Huts & Cabins

Stay at our Beautiful High Country Farm accommodation.

Choose from four fantastic accommodation options; a restored woolshed with outdoor baths, rustic huts high in the mountains with magnificent views, sunsets and starlight, or our brand new tiny home (coming soon).

Our Story

Tom & Katie welcome you to their nationally-protected 2,000 hectare High Country station.

Stay overnight, have an adventure, enjoy breath-taking panoramic views, a rich gold mining history, hand restored trails, guided tours and comfortable accommodation.

BEFORE YOUR TRIP: Download either the Great Rides or Great Hikes App to your phone, select Welcome Rock Trails and start your tour!

COVID POLICY: We are happy to move your booking or refund you if your booking is affected by Covid restrictions.

WINTER: Riding is not permitted during winter. Walking to the Mud/Slate Huts can be arranged directly with us during winter.

THE TRAIL: The Trail is open for hikers & bikers from 1 October until 30 April.

RED SHED: Open & Available all year round, located near the homestead!

MUD HUT & SLATE HUT: Access these huts along the trail. Slate Hut is 2kms from trail head, Mud Hut is 10kms from trail head.

Thank you for your interest and enjoy your journey!
Tom & Katie