Charge About director Campbell Read with one of his eBikes
at a charging station. Photo supplied.
It feels a bit like cheating.
Once I saw the approaching hill, I asked the bike to do more
work than my legs.
The choice is available thanks to a business venture by
Campbell Read, who imported a fleet of eBikes and now hires
them out for use on Queenstown's trail network.
Mr Read came to Queenstown to work on the television
miniseries Top of the Lake and since then had launched
Charge About in January.
Powering along the lakeside trail between the Hilton and
Jacks Point, it's easy to see the eBike attraction.
Sometimes (often) when cycling, I feel the views are hard to
appreciate when breath is hard to find and the burn in my
legs screams loudly.
On the exceptionally fine day when I enjoyed testing an
eBike, everything I knew about biking was wiped.
The bikes have a top speed of 27kmh and families with
children aged 11 have travelled distances of 60km in a day.
Cyclists can float up hills on the bikes and they are quieter
than the panting from someone of average fitness.
Mr Read's charging network for the bikes is growing.
Charging points are now to be found at Gibbston Valley
Cheese, Jacks Point Restaurant, the Hilton and at Provisions
Mr Read's tours will tackle the winter months head-on, when
other cycling outlets typically make way for snow sports.
In an effort to avoid the winter shade that is common on the
Queenstown to Frankton trail, his tours will travel along the
Kelvin Heights trail from the Hilton.
• More information on the eBikes can be found at