Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is a 185km long trail designed to be ridden over 2 to 5 days. The trail surface is excellent, a mixture or purpose built cycle trail, gravel roads and only a small amount of sealed road. The gradient is mostly easy with the only major hill being Von Hill, between Mavora Lakes and Mt Nicholas Station. This makes the trail suitable for novice riders.

But… although the trail is easy, it passes through some very remote areas that are highly exposed to the weather and have no mobile phone coverage. The trail is still in its infancy with limited or no facilities along some sections. As a consequence, we advise that this trail is currently not suitable for inexperienced riders to ride unsupported. All riders need to be prepared and carry emergency equipment or have a support vehicle close by.

The trail can be ridden in either direction and at any time of year. (See the Around the Mountains FAQs for more information)

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Map

The following map shows an elevation profile of the trail and an overview of the towns and facilities you’ll find along the way.

Around the Mountains Trail and Elevation Map

There is a ‘potential new section of trail’ in the pipeline between Centre Hill (north of Mossburn) and Mavora Lakes to take the trail away from the Mavora Lakes gravel Road. It was planned to be next to the Oreti River but this work has been held up by an appeal by Fish and Game (the fishermen want to keep the area exclusively for themselves) in the Environment Court. This section may or may not go ahead but doesn’t change the fact that the trail is fully rideable now. Take the usual precautions whilst riding on a gravel road with the potential for cars, wear clothing that makes you visible, keep left and be aware of gravel on corners.

Approximate Cycle Distances Between Towns:

From
Kingston
Fairlight
Garston
Athol
Five Rivers
Lumsden
Mossburn
Centre Hill
Mavora Lakes
Von Hill
Mt Nicholas Station

To
Fairlight
Garston
Athol
Five Rivers
Lumsden
Mossburn
Centre Hill
Mavora Lakes
Von Hill
Mt Nicholas Station
Walter Peak Station

Distance
12.4km
5.6km
12km
19km
14km
23km
24km
25km
23km
16km
11km

Approx. Riding Time
1hr 15mins
35mins
1hr 10mins
1hr 55mins
1hr 25mins
2hrs 20mins
2hrs 30mins
2hrs 30mins
2hrs 20mins
1hr 40mins
1hr 10mins

Want to ride the cycle trail? Check out our different Around the Mountains cycle tours