Bike the Trail

Bike the Roaring lion Trail, a hand built, 27km mountain bike trail following the path of the original water race.

Tom, a fourth generation farmer, hand built a 27km single track loop trail along the Roaring Lion Water race using just a pick-axe. Mad but true!

What makes this so stunning is that it’s 1,000 metres up atop Welcome Rock station with absolutely magnificent panoramic views, schist rocks towering over you, giant tussocks, pristine Beechwood and complete and utter privacy.

There’s just you, a few deer, the odd Falcon and 2,000 hectares of Nature’s playground.

And to think it’s only 5 minutes from Garston or 45 minutes scenic drive from Queenstown. Bring your own bikes and if you want to catch a memorable sunset and sunrise then stay overnight at one of our huts or The Red Shed.

Trail conditions vary and weather conditions are changeable.

Distance: 27km (21kms hand built single track)

Duration: On average it takes about 3-5 hours to bike the trail. Allow a full day out to explore.

Altitude: Minimum 867 metres and maximum 1152 metres, with ana elevation gain of 543 metres.

Gradient: 3-5 degrees

Skill level: Bikers and Hikers require a medium level of fitness

Clothing for all weather

Food for the day

A water bottle to refill along the way

A camera

Spare inner tube / repair kit and pump

Some friends

The trail starts at the historic ski hut

Why not spend the night? Welcome Rock is home to three accommodation options; two high country huts and comfortable studio and sleepout a restored woolshed. 
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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