14 miles
3,459 ft
-3,455 ft
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  • Riding area
    South Island
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    Downhill Primary
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Welcome Rock Trails is a private trail on private land, prior payment and booking is required online before embarking on this journey. Suitable for mountain bikers or hikers with the option of overnighting in one of our back country huts.

This trail is a single track, cross country mountain bike/hiking trail. Hand built on one of NZ’s longest historic water races (water races were channels cut across a hillside bringing water from streams to places where gold was mined). We have called this trail ‘ The Roaring Lion Trail’ as it follows the historic Roaring Lion water race.

Access Info

This trail is on Private Land, however it is set up for people to ride. You must contact the owners before riding here. See their website for more details: http://www.welcomerock.co.nz

1 Hour South of Queenstown. Historic Southland Ski Hut, Nevis Road, Garston, New Zealand

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More Stats for The Roaring Lion Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    4 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,710 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,679 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,240 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,244 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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on Mar 30, 2018
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Directions to the-roaring-lion-trail trailhead (-45.453839, 168.748219)
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The Roaring Lion... Trail Reports

Mar 30, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Mar 30, 2018
Spectacular views!
Dec 15, 2017 @ 5:52pm
Dec 15, 2017
Hand built trail. Good wuality for flow. Not technical. Awesome vista on a sunny day.
Nov 28, 2016 @ 10:29am
Nov 28, 2016
Jan 9, 2016 @ 8:00pm
Jan 9, 2016
reporter Poorly maintained in sections with cliombs, water crossings and soem sections needing TLC. Some points of the trail slipping, especially water...
Aug 13, 2015 @ 1:33am
Aug 13, 2015
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1 Review & Comments

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flag Turaco (Nov 28, 2016 at 10:41)
 Great high country circuit. From the Ski Hut a gentle climb takes you to Welcome Rock. Then a fun but straightforward descent takes you to the water race section above the Nokomai Valley. This section is relatively sheltered from the prevailing westerly. Great views. The ride gets faster as you get nearer the Nevis Road. Exposed to the weather. The ride back along the road to the Ski Hut can be challenging in a strong westerly and isn't the greatest finish - consider parking at the end of the single track by the gate before the road enters the Nevis Valley.

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