BIKing New Zealand
Mountain biking in New Zealand makes it difficult to imagine if there's anywhere better in the world. Trails range from easy to epic and the landscapes you will immerse yourself in on both the North and South islands will not be beat.
Specific trails for downhill, cross country, dirt jumping and everything in between makes it a mecca for mountain bikers.
Taking a Biking Experience To The Next Level
North Island — te Ika A Maui
In the region Red Bull calls 'mountain bike heaven,' Whakarewarewa Forest and Skyline Gravity park in New Zealand's North Islandreign supreme with IMBA awarded Gold Status. Trails are the stuff dreams, made of perfect dirt with amazing flow, weaving through towering Redwoods. They’re mesmerising, fast, fun and practically endless.
Rotorua is set in an active geothermal mountain bike playground. It's been called World-Class by riders who come here, pro or average, and the trails which can be accessed by gondola range from Easy to Extreme. Take a trail to see the Sulphur Pools, Hot Springs, Spouting Geysers and Bubbling Mud Pools or hit the adrenaline-fuelled Gravity Park where you will find every type of trail and dirt jump, and jump park imaginable.
Auckland's very own mountain bike park and the only managed and purposefully built single track network. Woodhill Forest offers easy to advanced, cross country to downhill and dirt jumps galore. With over 135km of trails you are sure to find what you're looking for. Getting there is short ride away from your first stop in Piha and it's a good starting point to get the legs ticking over for what's ahead.
Developed and maintained by the Hawke’s Bay Mountain Bike Club, the largest in the country with over 1800 members, the Eskdale MTB Park offers a little bit of something for everyone. There are a few downhill and freeride trails for those adventurous enough to check them out, and there are plenty of sweet x-country singletrack too for you to explore. With over 80 km of trail, this area offers up some great riding.
South Island — Te Waipounamu
New Zealand's South Island has it all, with some of the world's most spectacular and ranging mountain bike trails. Whether you're after X - Country or Heli Drops, you'll be sure to get your fix on this mesmerising island.
Not surprisingly, Queenstown — the adventure capital of the world — is home to some of New Zealand's greatest bike trails. With 120kms of trails alongside awe-inspiring alpine vistas, crystal clear lakes, stunning river gorges and hidden ruins, the Skippers Canyon single track is arguably one of New Zealand's best single track — 7 kms of pure, downhill bliss.
The thrills of fast, downhill free ride mountain biking are unrivalled in Central Otago’s open, sparse landscape. Go wild in this unique and unpopulated playground where the tracks of old miners, even the horse and cart, as well as old coach roads and 'pure downhill' long runs from high mountain tops, offer it all. Ride up, or fly up and experience heli-biking here.
Nelson was recently rated by IMBA as a Gold Ride Centre — one of only 6 in the world. As well as three purposefully built mountain biking (MTB) parks, there are numerous mountain biking options within a short distance from the city including Sharlands Creek (Hira Forest), Fringed Hill, Sunrise Ridge, Marsden Reserve (Involution and Widdershins), Richmond Hills, Hackett / Browning Hut and Rabbit Island.