Welcome Rock Trails
Welcome Rock Trails
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Meet The High Country at Welcome Rock. Hike it, bike it, jeep it, sheep it or sleep overnight at it – a visit to Welcome Rock is a unique opportunity to see a real working High Country farm in action. A fourth generation farming family invite you to visit their 2000 hectare family-owned property in Garston. Just 45 minutes south of Queenstown, you can enjoy remote ruggedness in this nationally-protected area. At the base of Welcome Rock, our Green Jeep Tours and Walking Tours are a popular, adventurous way to take in magnificent panoramic views, our rich gold mining history and hear true family stories of working the land. Meet the famous Huntaway dogs that were bred for New Zealand’s rugged high country. Witch, Pip and Tubs love to lick, shake hands and ‘speak’ on your command. If you are up for a thrill, get on board our safe yet gravity-defying Green Jeeps as we take a drive. Or stretch your legs with our easy walking tour or unique cycling adventures.
Garston, New Zealand

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Patricia Arnold
Cleveland, Australia1,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Queenstown - Highlight so far - Philip was outstanding in his handling of the dogs. Watching them in action as they showcased their remarkable skills rounding up sheep from the paddocks was brilliant . They looked like Kelpies, but were Border Collies. They were so affectionate. Thanks Phillip!
Written 23 September 2023
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Neil S
Lake Hawea, New Zealand78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We were lucky enough to ride and stay at Slate Hutt. The track is great from a riding and historic perspective. It felt like genuine wilderness riding. The weather was brilliant and made the weekend even better. The views and sunset from Salet Hutt were awesome.
Written 3 April 2022
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John M
New Plymouth, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We mountain biked the Roaring Lion trail and we think it is one of the best one day MTB trails in NZ.
Well done to the team who created the trail, good single track with plenty of variety.
For those who don’t want to do the multi day, Ghost Road, Paparoa type rides, this ranks alongside them and it’s a one day activity.
The ride and the history boards and the huts make this a world class experience.
Unfortunately we had cloud cover for most of our ride, so we missed the views, but it was still worth the effort.
We took our time to enjoy the ride, read the sign boards, check out the huts and take in the experience, it took us 4.5hrs.
The best $20.00 you will spend.
Written 15 March 2022
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Rachel H
Dunedin, New Zealand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We had never quite got around to riding the Welcome Rock trail, despite holidaying regularly in the Wakatipu Basin area... mainly because my husband didn't quite have faith in my single track riding ability! But we decided we wanted to check it out, because it looked so fabulous.

We parked and rode from the bottom gate (start of the Nevis Road), adding 6km each way to the overall riding experience. That was a decent haul up to the Ski Hut, which took around an hour. The trail itself is varied - it morphs from sections with rock/slate (requiring a bit more concentration), to great flowing tracks, numerous hairpin creek crossings etc. Sections were fast, others not so!

Loved all the places of interest along the way, which are well worth stopping at. We weren't fortunate enough to have a clear day - it was drizzly and overcast - so the views were compromised somewhat, but I'd imagine it would be a hot place to be on a typical Central Otago summer's day! The damp conditions made for a little bit of cautiousness over the slate sections.

We would recommend ensuring you have sufficient tubes, as well as tools for any possible mechanicals. We experienced three punctures (plus a slow leak/fourth, as we limped our way back down the hill to the car!).

All up, our ride was 40km return (to the start of the Nevis Road). A fantastic great day out, would love to return on a fine day, as well as hike it some time.
Written 30 January 2022
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UBIQUE105
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Brilliant mountain bike loop track. Single track with reasonable skill level to fully enjoy. Took us about 3 hours on ebikes with a couple of stops to soak it in. Fantastic views and fascinating gold history. Highly recommend
Written 4 January 2022
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Rachelle
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We were lucky enough to stay at the Red Barn in November 2020 as part of our Around the Mountains cycle trip. Honestly it was like arriving at a cosy oasis after our long day in the saddle. We booked the dinner/breakfast deal, and got so much food we couldn’t eat it all. Would highly recommend 😊

Fast forward to today, when we returned to ride Welcome Rock trail... almost don’t want to a leave a review and keep this amazing trail a secret!! The views were out if this world, the trail awesome and the history and relics dotted along the way just topped it all off. Thank you Tom and Katie for allowing us to experience a little part of your paradise. We’ll be back 😊
Written 17 March 2021
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Kiwis_with_wings
New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 nights at the red shed, mud hut, slate hut and red shed again. We walked most of the trail and loved it. Tom has done such a wonderful job of cutting the track and rejuvenating the natural flora and fauna on his land. It was a truly special place to walk. The walk is relatively easy as there are no prolonged uphill slogs involved and the track is clear and well formed. Sleeping in the mud hut was wonderful - so rustic, but comfy and cosy with the fire going. Wonderful isolation - something that is hard to come by for us city types! We loved our outdoor bath at the slate hut as the cloud came in around us that evening. Magical! The service and information from Tom was superb. He is clearly a man with a passion for his environment and we loved our time getting to share in that passion. This is a not-to-be-missed experience!
Written 21 February 2021
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Kellie C
Christchurch, New Zealand61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Couldn't fault this overnighter. While a great day out if chose, we loved kicking back at the mud hut soaking up the stars, the views, the merlot which we got delivered thanks to the great delivery service and the historic info along the way. Loved it.
Written 8 February 2021
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Angus899
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Awesome 27k mountain bike loop track. Got around it in about 3 hours on my ebike.
Fantastic views and interesting gold history on the area.
Highly recommend it. Will check out staying in one of the huts next time.
Written 27 January 2021
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MikeKiwi
Wellington45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A brilliant couple of days at Welcome Rock with the highlight being a night in the historic Mud Hut. Perfect solitude and stargazing and a crackling fire to keep warm. Fantastic trail to walk and wonderful hosts in Tom and Katie. Utterly recommended.
Written 28 August 2020
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