3. Ultimate Lake Dunstan Trail Experience Bike & Boat Return
Meet the nzbiketrails team at Cromwell. You will be provided with a route overview, a safety briefing and an introduction to your e-bike, including the assist levels and setting up your seat height. Once ready you will cycle the Lake Dunstan Trail from Cromwell to Clyde - 42km of purpose built trail which was opened in May 2021. The Dunstan Trail is a Grade 1-3 Trail. The surface is good throughout (compact gravel). There are two 150m climbs which your e-bike will help you to get to the top, with very little effort involved, if you choose to use your high 'power assist' mode! The trail is a stunning ride, opened in May 2021 - a feat of engineering. You will enjoy riding on the 450m of 'clip-ons' to the mountain side and also over the 85m long Hugo suspension bridge. In total there is about 2.5 hours of actual riding so you have time to briefly stop at the Carrick Winery and Burger Afloat for refreshments along the way. Once you get to Clyde you should have time for a quick celebratory drink before you are shuttled down to the Dunstan Explorer Boat. This explores the trail as you travel back up Lake Dunstan. You will see the Clyde dam, Goldminers Hut, Suspension Bridge and possibly even some of old Cromwell - which was flooded when the Clyde Dam was built - on the boats sonar. The Dunstan Trail is a 'must do' one day adventure - nzbiketrails recommends e-bikes for this trail as there is no road access for 25km of the trail and goes to heights. We find that experienced riders will use the assist levels less than other riders. Our bikes can be ridden in the 'off' mode. All riders should be confident on a bike, taller than 145cm and 12 years and over. Younger riders should be able to handle an e-bike which is heavier than a standard bike.