Summer at Coronet Peak is back for a third year


Coronet Peak is about to enter its third summer season, with the arrival of an all-new mountain bike trail and stacked calendar of events.

Construction of the Upper Rude Rock Trail, which was approved by the Department of Conservation in 2005, is expected to be ready for the summer season to kick off on December 11.

As part of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club‘s long-term strategic plan, the new Level 4 trail will connect to the world-famous Rude Rock Trail, before joining Hot Rod which takes cyclists to the valley floor.

The 1,200m top-to-bottom route is considered the longest single-track vertical meter of descent in New Zealand.

Ski area manager Nigel Kerr has packed his skis and is getting ready for an epic summer season ahead.

“One of the things that brings people back to Coronet Peak is the vibe. The base’s facilities and amphitheater all contribute to an exceptional experience, ”says Nigel.

The Coronet Express Gondola will operate throughout the summer, providing visitors with world-class views of the Wakatipu Basin and the Southern Alps Divide. Café 1200 will also be back with its delicious all day menu.

The facilities at Coronet Peak will be put to good use, with a mix of events lined up. From Santa Paws to Craft Beer & BBQ Summit, several running events and of course some loud mountain biking must-sees.

Also new for the summer season, a mountain bike shuttle will be offered from the Hot Rod base to the Coronet Peak base building.

The shuttle will operate every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides start from $ 8 with multi-ride options available.

Coronet Peak will be open five days a week, Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every Thursday, the mountain will remain open until 8 p.m. and visiting food trucks will operate.

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