5 Of The Best Mountain Biking
Regions In New Zealand

Given the stunning landscape of New Zealand it’s not surprising that New Zealand has many mountain biking tracks across all the country. Each differ in their own way with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to advanced.

With mountain bikes track all across the country it can be difficult to decide which ones to ride. For this reason we have listed the five best mountain biking regions in New Zealand.

1) Rotorua

Rotorua is located on the North Island and is home to some of the most popular mountain bike tracks in New Zealand. One of the reasons this region is so popular is the Whakarewarewa Forest. The forest contains many mountain bike tracks across 130km trails. The trails have something for everyone and range from beginner to extreme.

There’s also plenty to see and do around the Rotorua region, famous for its geothermal attractions you can kick back after completing your track relaxing in a spa or take up some of the numerous adventures around the region.

2) Taupo

Just south of Rotorua is Taupo. Taupo has a population of 30,000 and also contains the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand at 616 square kilometres. Another popular attraction are it’s geothermal hot pools, perfect after a day of mountain biking.

Taupo contains many mountain bike tracks with different difficulty levels

For more information on popular rides see this PDF.


3) Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is located on the South Island of New Zealand. Hanmer Springs is famous for it’s spas and geothermic pools but it’s mountain bike tracks are also a favourite for families and more advanced riders. The trail network is about 30 kilometres long, while most trails are quite short there’s still plenty of options to make it a fantastic mountain biking experience. The tracks are also open all year round.

4) Queenstown

Queenstown is considered the adventure capital of New Zealand so it’s no surprise that there’s plenty to choice from for mountain bike riding.

One of the most popular tracks is the Queenstown trail. With a distance of 100kms made people often spilt this ride into two days. While it’s quite a big distance the difficulty is considered to be fairly easy making it a great choice for families and beginners.


5) Central Otago

Otago can experience some of New Zealand’s hottest summers and coldest winters so be sure to research before you travel to Otago. The trail network is about 150kms and passes through the stunning scenery of the Otago countryside. The different trails over all skill levels and is perfect for those with families or the more serious.

With so many mountain bike tracks all maintained to a high standard in New Zealand and it’s stunning scenery, it’s not surprising so many mountain biking enthusiasts love New Zealand.

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