February 2015: New Zealand Mountain Biking Trails

Many of New Zealand’s trails are flowing single tracks, purpose-built by enthusiastic volunteers, while others follow historic mining tracks that were built deep into the mountains during the gold rush years of the 1860s and 70s.

Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. Photo: Sam Wilson
Find out more about mountain biking in New Zealand here.
Here are some excellent trails that you might like to consider for your clients:



Whakarewarewa Forest Track
This extensive forest park, only five minutes’ drive from Rotorua, features 145kms of world-class purpose-built single track, rated the best in the Southern Hemisphere by Red Bull. There are trails that cater for children/beginners to competitive/experienced riders and everyone else in between. Plus there is a shuttle service to transfer bikers to downhill tracks – no sweat!
Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park
Skyline Rotorua is New Zealand’s first year-round Gondola assisted bike lift, giving riders access to 8.5km of world-class downhill mountain biking. The dedicated gondola cabins are designed to take up to four bikes and riders per trip allowing up to 3000 downhill runs per day.
Multi Day Adventures offer guided mountain bike tours and bike hire in Rotorua, visit www.multidayadventures.co.nz/activities/mountain-biking 



Bridge to Nowhere
The Bridge to Nowhere trail is part of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail, one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. The highlight of this ride is the large, arched concrete road bridge only accessible by foot or bicycle – a truly spectacular sight. This flat, gentle trail is surrounded by lush national park.
Adrift Outdoor Adventures offer guided single and multi-day tours. Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours offer a two day self-guided trip, including jet boat transfers to the lodge style accommodation.



Queenstown Bike Park
Skyline Queenstown is home to New Zealand’s first-ever Gondola assisted bike lift, providing direct access to Queenstown Bike Park.
The bike park features over 30km of tracks weaving through the pine trees of Ben Lomond Reserve. The longest run is Hammys Track, an easy 6km trail lasting 15-30 minutes.

If your clients are bringing their own mountain bikes to New Zealand, you might like to recommend the following parks and trails:



Woodhill Mountain Bike Park
Woodhill is located 40 minutes’ drive from central Auckland and boasts over 100km of purpose-built single track. The park caters to all skill levels.


Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is an award-winning bike park only 15 minutes’ drive from central Wellington. The park features over 40km of purpose-built single track catering to all experience levels, from beginners to expert riders. 


Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
This expertly designed mountain bike park is located close to stunning Abel Tasman National Park. The park is free to enter and new trails are continually being added.


The Crater Rim
Christchurch offers many excellent mountain biking opportunities. The Port Hills have over 40km of flowing single track traversing the rim of a massive extinct volcano. The city and coastal views are spectacular as are the exhilarating downhill tracks!

Smaller mountain biking areas around the city, such as McLeans Island or Bottle Lake Forest, are also well worth a visit.