Great Otago Explorer - MountainWatch Travel
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  • 7 Nights
  • 5 Night
  • Long Weekend
7 Nights
Package
Intermediate
Experience
From P/P

The mountains were made for exploring, at your own pace.

This journey will see you experience two of New Zealand’s 22 Great Rides, the Queenstown Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail. You’ll also discover a trail only accessible by boat, explore Queenstown’s wine country and ride the sought-after Lake Dunstan trail from Cromwell to Clyde. 

This self guided Great Otago Explorer package is for anyone ready to grab life by the bars and experience the best of New Zealand’s Great Rides and beautiful bike trails.

All packages are fully customisable, choose your accommodation and add-on a range of unmissable experiences.

4 Nights in Queenstown & 3 Nights in Cromwell
7 Day Car Rental
5 Day E-Bike & Helmet Rental
Station to Station Trail (Including 2x Scenic Boat Transfers)
Gibbston Valley Bike 'n Wine Experience
Jet Boating to Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Experience Otago's Great Rides
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club Membership
5 Nights
Package
Intermediate
Experience
From P/P

The mountains were made for exploring, at your own pace.

This journey will see you experience two of New Zealand’s 22 Great Rides, the Queenstown Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail. You’ll also discover a trail only accessible by boat, explore Queenstown’s wine country and ride the sought-after Lake Dunstan trail from Cromwell to Clyde. 

This self guided Great Otago Explorer package is for anyone ready to grab life by the bars and experience the best of New Zealand’s Great Rides and beautiful bike trails.

All packages are fully customisable, choose your accommodation and add-on a range of unmissable experiences.

3 Nights in Queenstown & 2 Nights in Cromwell
5 Day Car Rental
5 Day E-Bike & Helmet Rental
Station to Station (Including 2x Scenic Boat Transfers)
Gibbston Valley Bike 'n Wine Experience
Jet Boating to Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Experience Otago's Great Rides
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club Membership
3 Nights
Package
Intermediate
Experience
From P/P

The mountains were made for exploring, and is for a  weekend escape.

This journey will see you experience two of New Zealand’s 22 Great Rides, the Queenstown Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail. You’ll also discover a trail only accessible by boat, explore Queenstown’s wine country and ride the sought-after Lake Dunstan trail from Cromwell to Clyde. 

This self guided Great Otago Explorer package is for anyone ready to grab life by the bars and experience the best of New Zealand’s Great Rides and beautiful bike trails.

All packages are fully customisable, choose your accommodation and add-on a range of unmissable experiences.

3 Nights Accommodation in Cromwell
3 Day Car Hire
2 Day E-Bike & Helmet Rental
Jet Boating to Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Experience Otago's Great Rides
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club Membership

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Mid-Range
  • Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak
    Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is located just seven minutes drive from the lively downtown Queenstown, and is the perfect location to escape and relax surrounded by nature. Perfect for those looking to get out of town and in touch with nature, Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is conveniently located near hiking and biking trails where you can enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Reception
    • On-Site Parking

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

    Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak

    Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is located just seven minutes drive from the lively downtown Queenstown, and is the perfect location to escape and relax surrounded by nature. Perfect for those looking to get out of town and in touch with nature, Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is conveniently located near hiking and biking trails where you can enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Reception
    • On-Site Parking

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown is located in a prime position, providing close proximity to the centre of town for shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities. The location also provides easy access to popular mountain bike destinations of Queenstown Bike Park, Coronet Peak and Cardrona. This 4-star hotel features a selection of well-designed hotel room types and is the smart choice for leisure travellers and families, delivering more where it matters most. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.
    • Hot, fresh breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Self-serve laundry
    • On-site parking
    • Fitness room & sauna

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites

    The brand-new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown is located in a prime position, providing close proximity to the centre of town for shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities. The location also provides easy access to popular mountain bike destinations of Queenstown Bike Park, Coronet Peak and Cardrona. This 4-star hotel features a selection of well-designed hotel room types and is the smart choice for leisure travellers and families, delivering more where it matters most. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.

    • Hot, fresh breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Self-serve laundry
    • On-site parking
    • Fitness room & sauna

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

  • Mi-pad Smart Hotel
    Mi–pad is everything you need and nothing you don’t. Located within easy walking distance to Queenstown’s activities, dining and nightlife, Mi-pad puts you in the heart of the action. Staying at Mi-pad is a truly modern and unique experience – download the app and you can take control of everything from your room lighting to ordering food and checking the weather. Your Deluxe Queen room is twin share and comes with an ensuite and may have a balcony and mountain views. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.
    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor fireplace
    • Rooftop terrace
    • Smartphone App

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

    Mi-pad Smart Hotel

    Mi–pad is everything you need and nothing you don’t. Located within easy walking distance to Queenstown’s activities, dining and nightlife, Mi-pad puts you in the heart of the action. Staying at Mi-pad is a truly modern and unique experience – download the app and you can take control of everything from your room lighting to ordering food and checking the weather. Your Deluxe Queen room is twin share and comes with an ensuite and may have a balcony and mountain views. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor fireplace
    • Rooftop terrace
    • Smartphone App

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

  • Heartland Hotel
    Heartland Hotel Queenstown has a distinctive design and is close to all the action in the bustling resort town. Even with the amazing views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu you can still feel cosy and tucked away in these A-Line style chalets in the hills. After a day hitting the mountain bike parks, relax and grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant and bar or head out to town to explore Queenstown's vibrant culture. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.
    • 24 hour lobby
    • Free WiFi
    • On-site parking
    • Hillside Brasserie restaurant *Add breakfast for an extra $30 per person daily*
    • Laundry facilities

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

    Heartland Hotel

    Heartland Hotel Queenstown has a distinctive design and is close to all the action in the bustling resort town. Even with the amazing views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu you can still feel cosy and tucked away in these A-Line style chalets in the hills. After a day hitting the mountain bike parks, relax and grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant and bar or head out to town to explore Queenstown's vibrant culture. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell. This package also includes accomodation at the Harvest Hotel in Cromwell.

    • 24 hour lobby
    • Free WiFi
    • On-site parking
    • Hillside Brasserie restaurant *Add breakfast for an extra $30 per person daily*
    • Laundry facilities

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

  • Harvest Hotel Cromwell
    Cromwell’s Harvest Hotel is Central Otago’s gateway accommodation, where the French doors of each room open on to breathtaking mountain, vineyard and rural views. The three two-storey wings of Harvest Hotel are in the grounds of The Gate hospitality and tourist centre, with access to many restaurants and bars, and a short drive to the start of the Lake Dunstan Trail. Price stated for three night package, Harvest Hotel is also included in our five and seven night packages.
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • On-Site Parking
    • Café
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Guest Courtyard
    • 24-Hour Reception

    From P/P - 3 Nights

    Harvest Hotel Cromwell

    Cromwell’s Harvest Hotel is Central Otago’s gateway accommodation, where the French doors of each room open on to breathtaking mountain, vineyard and rural views. The three two-storey wings of Harvest Hotel are in the grounds of The Gate hospitality and tourist centre, with access to many restaurants and bars, and a short drive to the start of the Lake Dunstan Trail. Price stated for three night package, Harvest Hotel is also included in our five and seven night packages.

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • On-Site Parking
    • Café
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Guest Courtyard
    • 24-Hour Reception

    From P/P - 3 Nights

  • Deluxe
  • The Rees
    The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments is a 5-star property showcasing beautiful views across Lake Wakatipu to the alpine panorama of the Remarkable Mountain Range. The lake view two bedroom apartments are chic and contemporarily designed with a large living space that opens to a tiled balcony, one super king bed and two twin king singles and an Italian designed bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. This package also includes accomodation at the Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell.
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • On-site Parking
    • Laundry
    • Jacuzzi
    • Fitness Room

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

    The Rees

    The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments is a 5-star property showcasing beautiful views across Lake Wakatipu to the alpine panorama of the Remarkable Mountain Range. The lake view two bedroom apartments are chic and contemporarily designed with a large living space that opens to a tiled balcony, one super king bed and two twin king singles and an Italian designed bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. This package also includes accomodation at the Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell.

    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • On-site Parking
    • Laundry
    • Jacuzzi
    • Fitness Room

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

  • Ramada Queenstown Central
    Ramada Central Queenstown is a perfect choice for your stay in the adventure capital of the world, being located just minutes away from the excitement of town. The spacious rooms are elegantly designed with modern colours and furnishings and offer beautiful views of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Guests can enjoy the fitness centre and newly opened on-site restaurant and bar. This package also includes accomodation at the Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell.
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Laundry Service
    • 24-hour Gym
    • On-site valet parking (extra cost)

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

    Ramada Queenstown Central

    Ramada Central Queenstown is a perfect choice for your stay in the adventure capital of the world, being located just minutes away from the excitement of town. The spacious rooms are elegantly designed with modern colours and furnishings and offer beautiful views of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Guests can enjoy the fitness centre and newly opened on-site restaurant and bar. This package also includes accomodation at the Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell.

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Laundry Service
    • 24-hour Gym
    • On-site valet parking (extra cost)

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

  • Scenic Suites Queenstown
    Scenic Suites boats some of the best views Queenstown has to offer, elevated for optimum visibility of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu. Located in the heart of Queenstown, Scenic Suites stay peaceful and calm but remain only a 5 minute walk from bustling bars, restaurants and wide range of mountain biking trails. The spacious Superior Rooms available are twin share. This package also includes accomodation at the Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell.
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Kitchen
    • Parking

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

    Scenic Suites Queenstown

    Scenic Suites boats some of the best views Queenstown has to offer, elevated for optimum visibility of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu. Located in the heart of Queenstown, Scenic Suites stay peaceful and calm but remain only a 5 minute walk from bustling bars, restaurants and wide range of mountain biking trails. The spacious Superior Rooms available are twin share. This package also includes accomodation at the Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell.

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Kitchen
    • Parking

    From P/P - 5 Nights

    From P/P - 7 Nights

  • Heritage - Lake Resort Cromwell
    Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell, offers guests elegant villa accommodation set on the shores of Lake Dunstan, Central Otago. The boatshed themed accommodation has 5-Star studio rooms on the upper levels, perfect for couples – each with a balcony overlooking the marina's magical views. Just seven minutes north of Cromwell, Heritage Collection Lake Resort also has its own waterway access to Lake Dunstan. Price stated for three night package, Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell is also included in our five and seven night packages.
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Tea/Coffee Making
    • Bar Fridge
    • Washing Machine & Dryer
    • On-Site Car Park

    From P/P - 3 Nights

    Heritage - Lake Resort Cromwell

    Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell, offers guests elegant villa accommodation set on the shores of Lake Dunstan, Central Otago. The boatshed themed accommodation has 5-Star studio rooms on the upper levels, perfect for couples – each with a balcony overlooking the marina's magical views. Just seven minutes north of Cromwell, Heritage Collection Lake Resort also has its own waterway access to Lake Dunstan. Price stated for three night package, Heritage Collection Lake Resort Cromwell is also included in our five and seven night packages.

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Tea/Coffee Making
    • Bar Fridge
    • Washing Machine & Dryer
    • On-Site Car Park

    From P/P - 3 Nights

  • FAQ

    There are direct flights from most Australian capital cities and all major domestic airports in New Zealand to Queenstown International Airport (ZQN). 

    Unfortunately, most E-Bikes are too heavy to be transported by rental cars due to the weight restrictions of the bike racks. However, you won’t need to worry about transporting your bikes as your accomodation will be in riding distance, and a new E-Bike will be waiting for you when you arrive in Cromwell. Please talk to one of our travel consultants about your options.

    You are able to bring your own bike and gear, however, you will need to check the weight restrictions and guidelines of your chosen airline. If travelling from out of New Zealand, you will need to consider customs when entering New Zealand and returning home. If possible, we recommend hiring bikes for the duration of your stay.

    The Great Otago Explorer Package is suitable for anyone confident riding an E-Bike. Some of the trails, like Lake Dunstan, are a little more challenging than others and require confidence when navigating narrow and steep parts of the track. If people in your group are at different skill levels, please let us know and we’ll tailor the experience to suit you all.

    The Great Otago Explorer Package includes car rental so you can explore Queenstown and make your way to Central Otago with ease.

    All of our itineraries are fully customisable to suit your wants, needs and experience level. We also have a range of unmissable add-ons from heli-biking, to bungy jumping and hot pools. Please let our team know if you have any special requests, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you and/or your group

    We are able to add adult coaching/guiding sessions if you would like. There is also the possibility to add a guide for any of Queenstown’s trails. Please let your travel consultant know and they can arrange it for you.

    There are direct flights from most Australian capital cities and all major domestic airports in New Zealand to Queenstown International Airport (ZQN). 

    The Great Otago Explorer Package includes car rental so you can explore Queenstown and make your way to Central Otago with ease.

    Unfortunately, most E-Bikes are too heavy to be transported by rental cars due to the weight restrictions of the bike racks. However, you won’t need to worry about transporting your bikes as your accomodation will be in riding distance, and a new E-Bike will be waiting for you when you arrive in Cromwell. Please talk to one of our travel consultants about your options.

    All of our itineraries are fully customisable to suit your wants, needs and experience level. We also have a range of unmissable add-ons from heli-biking, to bungy jumping and hot pools. Please let our team know if you have any special requests, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you and/or your group

    You are able to bring your own bike and gear, however, you will need to check the weight restrictions and guidelines of your chosen airline. If travelling from out of New Zealand, you will need to consider customs when entering New Zealand and returning home. If possible, we recommend hiring bikes for the duration of your stay.

    We are able to add adult coaching/guiding sessions if you would like. There is also the possibility to add a guide for any of Queenstown’s trails. Please let your travel consultant know and they can arrange it for you.

    The Great Otago Explorer Package is suitable for anyone confident riding an E-Bike. Some of the trails, like Lake Dunstan, are a little more challenging than others and require confidence when navigating narrow and steep parts of the track. If people in your group are at different skill levels, please let us know and we’ll tailor the experience to suit you all.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Central Otago is one of the most picturesque places in the world to grab life by the bars, escape from everyday life and explore the outdoors. Our Great Otago Explorer package is for anyone ready to experience the best of New Zealand’s Great Rides and beautiful bike trails.

    • Ride two of New Zealand’s 22 Great Rides
    • Journey along stunning trails like Lake Dunstan
    • Explore Gibbston Valley wine country and enjoy a wine tasting experience
    • Enjoy comfortable accommodation in the heart of Queenstown and Cromwell
    • Add relaxing experiences such as hot pools
    • Experience the adventure capital of the world at your own pace

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