Trailforks Trail of the Month: Coronet DH - Queenstown, NZ

Mar 31, 2024
by Holly Duncan  
Credit Matt Corbett - https www.pinkbike.com photo 14807853

For mountain bikers, Queenstown (New Zealand's adventure capital) is nothing short of paradise. Ever wondered what it'd be like to ride through a postcard? Well here you don't have wonder, you can experience it for yourself. Situated on the northeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, this place has it all. From fast downhill tracks, impressive dirt jump parks to some scenic as lakeside trails.

Just a quick 20-minute commute from town lies Coronet Peak on the southern slopes, with its impressive 1,649-meter peak, it's peakin' with trails! Known primarily as a popular ski resort, transforms into a mountain bike haven during the summer months and sees riders from all over the world flock here to soak it up for themselves. One of the main attractions of Coronet Peak is the variety of trails that cater to every skill level and riding style, which brings us to this months trail feature: Coronet DH.


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BRB booking flights...

During the warmer months, both the chairlift and shuttles are running for trail access. If your legs are feeling fresh however, and you're looking to get some pedal laps in, there's an uphill XC trail, with great views back across the park.

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The best way to get to the top of Coronet Peak.

Coronet DH is known for having a bit of everything, with a mix of rock gardens, rooty sections, drops, and swooping berms. You'll be bombing down to the base in no time to catch a quick lift back up for another lap (or 5).

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Early bird gets the berm.

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As you can clearly see, the surrounding mountains are quite the sight, and the riding here is next-level-fun, so it's no wonder this place is attracts riders from all over the globe.
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bigquotesThis track is sick. New school dh track with premium dirt. Takes a few laps to know where to send it.
- antonslanton

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Double trouble. Ever get that feeling you're being watched?


And hey, if you're not quite ready to tackle Coronet DH, that's okay too, there's trails for riders of all levels, so you can work your way up to the intimidating ones. A few other top rated trails at Coronet Peak include Rude Rock, Zoot Track and Hot Rod.

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Land of the long white cloud?

When you decide to call it a day, Queenstown has you covered with some stunning scenes, amazing food, and a vibe that's as laid-back as it is adventurous. Grab a beer, airdrop your content with mates and soak in those lakeside views,

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Not the worst way to end your day.


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Member since Sep 4, 2018
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26 Comments
  • 28 0
 Please insert photos of said rooty sections - concerned local
  • 2 0
 Must be talking about tussock roots.
  • 4 0
 Not many good places for a root up there, it's pretty exposed. Maybe behind a big rock or something?
  • 17 2
 With the plethora of YouTube videos from half the WC DH circus who seem to have been in the area for the last 6 months I don’t think Coronet needs much more publicity.

In fact it seems to look a bit blown out in a lot of the videos, hopefully that’s not the case.
  • 3 0
 What you've seen is pretty accurate.
  • 12 0
 @st-alfie: Picture #4 is a good part of the reason for that.
  • 1 1
 It is, & always has been a blown out DH track, & that's what makes it so awesome to ride !!!
Dust off the DH Bike, Ride strong. hard & fast,
It's the Motocross equivalent of a DH trail !!!
  • 11 0
 Everytime I ride Coronet I think of the Stevie and Gee segment from Follow Me.
(Couldn't find a legit youtube clip or I'd share a link)
  • 6 0
 You're on PB we have that segment permanently etched into our brains. No need for a link!
  • 2 0
 Stevie went full gas straight outta the start gate
  • 4 0
 Rode this last week. Blown out trail of the month! Zoot was running nice tho
  • 6 3
 ::insert something about increased subscription price here::
  • 2 9
flag warmerdamj FL (Mar 31, 2024 at 10:55) (Below Threshold)
 Insert something about being an initial subscriber so I'll never have to deal with an increase in subscription price.
  • 3 0
 @warmerdamj: weak flex
  • 3 0
 @jeffrocx: Jeff's are supposed to stick up for eachother man. Get your shit together.
  • 2 0
 @warmerdamj: you and I both know that anyone named Jeff is a monster and not to be trusted, that is the code of the Jeff's. So it is written, so it shall be.
  • 4 0
 is that Rohan?
  • 1 0
 Is that a rossignal bike in the wild here in QT?! Wow I thought they were just in the zoo
  • 1 0
 Screw you pinkbike for putting everything single trail I uploaded behind a paywall even I cant access without getting pro
  • 2 0
 nice views!!!!
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