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Welcome Rock Trails

51 reviews
About Welcome Rock Trails
A stunning, private, hand built track located amongst the tussocks on a high country station one hour south of Queenstown, New Zealand. Suitable for mountain bikers and hikers with the option of overnighting in one of our back country huts. An area steeped in gold mining, family and ecological history this is a journey for any adventure seeker to enjoy. Points of interest along the trail make for a well earned break and fantastic photo opportunities along the way.
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Garston, New Zealand
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Tours and Tickets by Welcome Rock Trails
Tours from Welcome Rock Trails tend to sell out - travellers recommend booking in advance!
Full-Day Hike on Private Land from Queenstown
3 reviews
US$168.56 per adult
Guided Overnight Trip in Mud Hut
1 review
US$447.19 per adult
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We rode the trail in a day and had an awesome experience. Perfect weather conditions, allowed for a relaxed pace with lots of photo stops to enjoy the scenery. We rode in October and it was warm the so make sure you take plenty of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Katiepai
Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2018

Glad you enjoyed the day out and the weather was fine for you all. The trail is more about the journey rather than speed with a few technical challenges along the way. Thanks so much for spending the time to ride the trail 👍

Reviewed 22 March 2018

Great day out on a one-day hike around the trail. Walking time around seven hours, really interesting for us as local residents to another old mining area and the relics and races. Superb scenery and Mud hut in particular a real gem. Would also be...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Euan N
Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out Welcome Rock Trails. Yes the outdoor bath takes some time to heat but is great when it gets there. Any ideas on a better way to get the baths heated would be much appreciated?...More

Reviewed 15 February 2018

Fantastic single track with awesome views and interesting stories. On of the best day rides I have riden around the world and compares with some of the best in Europe and the USA

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank PeterS13504
Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2018

Sorry for the delayed response! So pleased to hear you enjoyed the trail and the stories. 🚵‍♀️🚵‍♂️ Hope to see you back one day in the future.

Reviewed 23 January 2018

After some car troubles on our drive from Queenstown, we arrived at the carpark later than expected. I messaged Katie and Tom to see if we could move our reservation from the Mud Hut (9km in) to Slate Hut (2km), Katie quickly replied saying that...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank PaigeMe M
Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2018

Sorry for the delay and thank you so much for your write up, hope you will be back here again soon on your bike 🚵‍♀️🚵‍♂️👍

Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We walked to Mud Hut for an overnight stay. Easy walk to the hut, although if you follow the very twisty mountain bike trail it takes longer than expected - it took us about 3 hours at a very moderate pace with lots of stops...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Tim C
Reviewed 3 January 2018

What a wonderful trail. We did it in one day, but we also recommend staying in one of the rustic but peaceful huts. The trail gives you a great exercise aswell as a cultural experience about the chinese goldmining wich happened in New Zealand. Enjoy...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Kolsaker
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We did a 2 day hike! First night a short walk to the slate hut and then stayed in the mud hut for our 2nd night. Both were really great and the outdoor baths made it a very memorable and unique experience. The restoration of...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank rebeccajC8886KV
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

This was a fantastic hike. We arrived quite late, maybe 4pm and had plenty of time to head into Slate Hut, and actually went back to our campervan for dinner and a bit more of a walk. Fantastic stay, hopped in the outdoor bath under...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Grace B
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

The highlight of our two week holiday in central Otago. Perfect weather to hike the 9 km in to the Mud Hut and a gorgeous evening to enjoy the incredible view. The hut is basic and comfortable. Bring lots of candles (tea lights just not...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2017

Thank you for spending the time exploring Welcome Rock Trails and the Mud Hut, great that you enjoyed your time even with some snow! Thanks again.

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Had a fantastic day's biking out at Welcome Rock. The trail combines some faster flowing bits with a few tight turns and a lot of endless views - good combination of gradients with nothing too steep. The huts and tent look like a great option...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Craig S
Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Thank you for spending the time to Bike at Welcome Rock. Please come back next season.

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