Isaac Norton (13), of Queenstown, tests the new trails at
the Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort, at Gibbston, which officially
opened to the public yesterday. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Queenstown's only dedicated bike resort was officially
opened for year-round biking yesterday, offering 40km of trails
constructed over about 450ha.
Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort, at Gibbston, was opened earlier in
the year for tours and the first Saturday of every month for
Manager Steve Norton said the winter season had gone ''really
well'' with steady interest. Now the resort was open to the
public from 10am to 3pm daily and
hours would be extended from 8am to 8pm during summer.
''There's great riding to be had at the moment.
''The trails have dried out and bedded in nicely as we'd
New trails were expected to be opened this month, including
the intermediate and downhill tracks Long Drop and The Hare.
Existing trails including the beginner's Bunny Track and the
Easy Up track had also been adapted.
Future expansion plans include completion of all the planned
trails as well as a new ''Dog Riding'' trail, which would be
for riders wanting to bring their dogs.
''We've been inundated with requests from people wanting to
bring dogs on to the resort but we appreciate that wouldn't
appeal to everyone.
''By creating a dedicated dog track we're catering to
Mr Norton said the resort would hold its first bike race on
February 22. The ''3-6-12'' event would enable bikers to
enter in a three-hour, six-hour or 12-hour endurance race.
Day, concession, six-month and annual passes for Rabbit Ridge
Bike Resort are now available online at www.rabbitridge.co.nz.