Mountain Biking In New Zealand
New Zealand is a great place to visit if you’re interested in mountain biking. With its stunning landscapes and world-class mountain bike tracks all maintained at a very high standard it’s easy to see why people travel thousands of miles to experience what New Zealand has to offer.
New Zealand’s tracks offer a range of different levels ranging from beginner to expert.
Because New Zealand has so much to offer for mountain bikers it can be quite hard to figure out which of the tracks is the most suited to your tastes. For this reason, we’ve made a list of the seven best mountain tracks in New Zealand with varying difficulties, distance and scenery.
7 Of The Best Mountain Bike Tracks In New Zealand
1. Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is located in Canterbury. The track spans 310kms with an easy to intermediate skill level with an estimated time frame of 4-6 days to complete. For more information see this link.
2. The Timber Trail
The Timber Trail will take about 2 days to complete at a distance of 87kms. Located 55 minute drive from Taupo this track will have you cycling through forests and over 8 suspension bridges. For more information see this link.
3. Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail is 69kms and located just 1.5 hours drive from Auckland. It’s likely to take about 2 days to complete and you’ll cycle through lush green Waikato farm lands, to areas rich in pioneering history. For more information see this link.
4. Waikato River Trails
The Waikato River Trail is 100kms long just a 40 minute drive from Hamilton. The estimated time to complete this track is 1-4 days which you’ll cycle through farmlands, towering dams with lake and river views. For more information see this link.
5. Mountains to Sea
The Mountains to Sea route is 317kms long with an estimated time of 4-6 days to complete this track. Located in the Ruapehu region you’ll pass through the Tongariro National Park and also experience a jet boat ride. For more information see this link.
6. Hawke’s Bay Trails
The Hawke’s Bay Trail is an easy trek spanning 187kms in Hawkes Bay. On this track you’ll cycle on mostly flat land through the vineyards. For more information see this link.
7. Great Taste Trail
Located in Nelson the Great Taste Trail is 38-175kms long over a period of 1-4 days. It’s an easy cycle route which will have you cycling through stunning countryside and award winning wineries. For more information see this link.
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