A boil water is in place for businesses and properties across Queenstown following a number of confirmed local cases of illness caused by the protozoa, cryptosporidium. This affects all properties serviced by the Council’s Queenstown supply including Frankton, Quail Rise and Tucker Beach Rd, Kelvin Heights and Hanley’s Farm. Read more here.

From Monday 18 September there will be no parking available directly outside the Gorge Road Council office due to construction activity associated with the Town Centre Arterial Road. Our Gorge Road Council office will be open as usual. But if you’d prefer, you can make use of our online services via our website or give us a call on 03 441 0499.

The state of local emergency in Queenstown, originally declared on Friday morning after a severe weather event, has been lifted. However, some restrictions will remain in place to protect public safety as the focus turns to recovery. Full information here.

Mountain Biking

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Our district has many mountain biking options available, catering to all levels of riding.


7 Mile Scenic Reserve: dual access trails for walkers and mountain biking.

Queenstown Bike Park (within the Ben Lomond Reserve): downhill trails that are accessed by riding up Skyline Road or taking the Skyline Gondola to the summit.

Gorge Road Jump Park: a freestyle BMX park with over 20 jumps, featuring intermediate and advanced options.

Jardine Park: a perfect track for beginners and youths to practice skills.

Wynyard Freestyle Terrain: this park is downhill riding only and includes man-made jumps, gaps and drops.  

Mountain bike trail guide/maps are available in local bike shops or from Skyline Gondola.


Glendhu Bay Track: a 15km distance from Waterfall Creek to the Glendhu Bay Motor Camp.  This is an average grade track with some steep gradients in places.

Hāwea River Track: a 12km distance suitable for all ages and skill levels, this riverside track links the Lake Hāwea Township to Wānaka via Albert Town.

Sticky Forest: a fun network of trails through exotic pine forest in the Wānaka township. Over 20 tracks to choose, including technical tracks for experts, and easier options for beginners.

Upper Clutha River Track: a 14km distance, this track starts at the Albert Town Bridge and winds along the Clutha River to historic Reko's Point Conservation area near Luggate. An average grade track with some hills to climb.

Lismore Jump Park: this facility includes a skills area featuring dirt tabletops and wooden features, a jump track and technical tracks for those who like it steep and tricky.