New Zealand’s Mountain Biking Guide

New Zealand’s Mountain Biking Guide

Posted on by Anna Lewis

If you are a fan of extreme sports, then you should consider visiting New Zealand where it offers various mountain bike tracks for you to enjoy. As per Hemmingway, you can learn the contours of a country best by bicycle. So, prepare your New Zealand visa application and read the guide to mountain biking in the country.

 

Where to Go

The NZ mountain biking community, together with the Department of Conservation and the local council bodies, are working hard to refurbish, open up, and build tracks around the country which everyone can enjoy.

 There are many bike rentals in most of the town centers and on bike parks establishments. You can also check the local i-Site for trails and information on mountain bike shops, as well as advice and tips on your travel. Here are some of the favored places to ride in NZ.

  • Rotorua- also known as the “Disneyland of Mountain Biking and is located at the North Island. It has a selection of one to two hour easy and short circuits to expert level tracks. You can check their downtown shops for gear hire and do remember to pick up a map.
  • The Redwoods or the Whakarewarewa forest is a 5-minute drive from the Rotorua center. If you want an unbeatable combination of scenery and trails, riding surfaces and land topography, then you will enjoy this place. Not only that you can have a refreshing soak at their geothermal pools as you end your day. Better get ready with your New Zealand visa application if you want to experience this.

 

Single Day Tracks and MTB

There are several MTBs and single day tracks to help you with your skill progression across the country that you can enjoy with confidence. If you are not an expert yet, there are coaching sessions that you can book in advance.

  • Christchurch Adventure Park is home to beginner trails which can progress to topnotch jump tracks.
  • The sticky forest of Wanaka offers more than 20 hand-built tracks that you can choose from a path that suits your level.
  • Queenstown Bike Park can provide you views and downhill and enjoy the gondola ride to the top of the mountain.

 

Multi-Day Rides

Here are some of the tracks that you can check while you prepare your New Zealand visa application.

  • Queen Charlotte Track– this is great for intermediate bikers which is a 2-3 day trail.
  • Mountain to Sea Track- an impressive 4-5 day journey which begins from Mt.Ruapehu base to NZ’s Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks.
  • The Tasman Great Taste Trail- is a Grade 1 and 2 cycle paths that displays the beautiful estuaries, stunning seas, and historical sites.