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Address: Nevis Road | Historic Southland Ski Hut, Garston 9750, New Zealand
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+64 27 239 2628
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Welcome Rock Trails is a private trail on private land, prior payment and...

Welcome Rock Trails is a private trail on private land, prior payment and booking is required online before embarking on this journey. Suitable for mountain bikers or hikers with the option of overnighting in one of our back country huts.

This trail is a single track, cross country mountain bike/hiking trail. Hand built on one of NZ's longest historic water races (water races were channels cut across a hillside bringing water from streams to places where gold was mined). We have called this trail ' The Roaring Lion Trail' as it follows the historic Roaring Lion water race.

Welcome Rock Trails prides itself on being a premier private hiking and mountain bike trail that offers historical and ecological guidance. Here you will find a hand built trail located within remote, native, high country farmland that is cloaked in stunning scenery. We are easy to get to and you will find us after a quick one hour drive from Queenstown. At Welcome Rock Trails you will find a truly unique Southern pioneering adventure. A day out of Queenstown with our experienced, local guide will enlighten those with a keen sense of adventure, culture, place and preservation.

You will be transported to the settlement of Garston, met by our experienced, local guide who will enlighten those with a keen sense of adventure, culture, place and preservation. You will be transported to the start of the trail (Historic Ski Hut Nevis Road, Garston). You will then embark on your journey along the 21km hand built single track trail. Once the trail is finished you will be picked up in Garston to return to your destination.

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A highlight of our trip to NZ

Finally getting around to posting a review of our visit in Feb 2017. We wanted something a bit different between Wanaka and Milford sound, and this delivered in spades. We hiked... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Crawley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally getting around to posting a review of our visit in Feb 2017. We wanted something a bit different between Wanaka and Milford sound, and this delivered in spades. We hiked it in clear ( though breezy) weather. The views on the drive up and from then on were fabulous. After our simple pasta dinner, we fired up the tub.... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great product, especially if you stay the night. I stayed in the very photogenic Mud Hut and think it was the best out of the options. I found the trails challenging and I enjoyed meeting my limits in privacy (we didn't see another sole for 24hrs, bliss!). Only criticism is that the owners were not very good at replying to... More 

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Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did this mountain bike trip with my husband in late February. We are in our mid to late 50s. I am relatively new to mountain biking. Overall the trails were not too technical. If I thought a corner was too tight, I had plenty of visual warning. The sun was pretty intense the day we road the majority of... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

A year ago we rode this trail and vowed to return and stay overnight in one of the huts. We booked the tiny Slate Hut for Saturday night. We walked the 45 minutes into the hut with our sleeping bags, food and wine and set up the outdoor bath (allow at least an hour to heat) while enjoying drinks and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Walked this with my parents for Mum's 60th. Our ancestors mined in Nokomai so was a trip down memory lane. Amazing weather and views. Loved our night in the Mud Hut

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Welcome rock is a special place showcasing the beautiful heartland of Central Otago. The walk in to the Mud Hut is a gentle 2-3 hour hike. Allow yourself plenty of time to take in the scenery on both sides of the valley. Great not having to carry in plates, pans, cutlery etc. Cut wood, gas and dish detergent all provided!... More 

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Thank you so much, so pleased you had such a wonderful visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Welcome Rock Trail is an superb place covered of tussock grass with 360 degrees views of the mountain ranges around. It is the perfect place for some off the beaten track mountain biking and hiking, with even some private affordable accommodation on the mountain. EPIC!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

After hiking an easy 2 hour trail, we arrived at the Mud Hut, a quaint and delightfully rustic hut nestled amongst the incredibly picturesque snow capped mountains that surround the farm. We had a magical night by candlelight and toasty fire, waking early in the morning for sunrise - rays of light catching the snow and turning the hillside into... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Welcome Rock Trails was a fantastic way to spend a couple of days. I mountain biked the trail and was in and out the same day. The terrain was tough but fair. The handmade trail is a thing of beauty! I came back with my partner and my mom, and we hiked the trail over two days. We stayed overnight... More 

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Timaru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights stay in Rome. Very comfortable hotel and good location with easy access to bus and train station. Staff all very friendly. Bed very comfortable. Breakfast amazing help yourself buffet. Recommend to stay here

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