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Welcome Rock Trails - Day Tours

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Nevis Road | Historic Southland Ski Hut, Garston 9750, New Zealand
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Excellent hiking/cycling taking in old gold-mining sites in the northern Southland mountains.

Great day out on a one-day hike around the trail. Walking time around seven hours, really... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2018
Euan N
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Cromwell, New Zealand
One of the best tracks I have ridden in the World!

Fantastic single track with awesome views and interesting stories. On of the best day rides I have... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2018
Peter S
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Nevis Road | Historic Southland Ski Hut, Garston 9750, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

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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

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

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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

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

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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

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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

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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

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Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails - Day Tours, 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.

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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

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Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails - Day Tours, 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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Reviewed 17 April 2017

I mountain biked the trail. It is a sensational single trail with plenty to keep you busy on the bike. No boring bits! Throughout the ride you remain elevated with awesome views out over the valley. If you are out for a quick hoon or...More

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Welcomerocktrails, Owner at Welcome Rock Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

So pleased you enjoyed the trail. It is great as you say to either hoon around or spend some time slowly getting around the trail. Thanks so much.

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