Staying at Gibbston House it is almost a must to run the Gibbston Valley Trail along the Kawarau River. The Gibbston Valley Trail is part of the Queenstown Trail, only opened in 2012. The Queenstown Trail is a cycle and walking trail funded as one of the projects of the New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) system in Otago, New Zealand (see also the run in Ophir on Central Otago’s Rail Trail). It links the towns of Queenstown, Arrowtown and the area of Gibbston and is roundabout 110 km.
You can park at the AJ Hackett Bungee, also called The Kawarau. Exactly what we did. By the way, The Kawarau is the original and the only site in Queenstown that allows you to get wet if your heart desires and the only one where you are lowered down into a raft after your jump. It is also the only site in Queenstown where you can tandem Bungy!
It was great fun to watch. Actually one of the guys just getting ready to jump was so afraid – unbelievable. But he jumped – feet-first!!! – and was so proud of himself.
Back to the Gibbston Valley Trail. Start at the parking and run in direction of Arrowtown. The Gibbston Valley trail
passes along the Kawarau River around many vineyards in the Gibbston Valley. There are also several loops in the track allowing for a varied or shorter route. We run up to the Peregrine Vineyard, inclusive a little loop bringing us closer to the Kawarau River. Be cautious, on sunny days it can get quite hot there and one easily underestimates the run! Hence, hat and water!