Walk the Trail
Hike the Roaring lion Trail, a hand built, 27km hiking and biking 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 5-7 hours to hike 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