Best Mountain Biking in New Zealand

Looking for the best mountain biking in New Zealand? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Zealand. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike along Wanaka's Waterfall Creek Track

    The Waterfall Creek Track is a well-formed track without any major undulations that can be enjoyed by foot or bike. It's family- and dog-friendly, and is perhaps the most heavily walked stretch of Wanaka's shoreline.Within the first few hundred me...

    3.1 miles

  • Camp at Moke Lake

    The drive to Moke Lake from Queenstown is only 14km but it takes about 30 minutes since you're on a dirt road for a good portion of it. You'll pass Lake Kirkpatrick and lots of sheep on your way to Moke Lake, but keep driving until you get to the ...

    4.3 miles

  • Hike Isthmus Peak

    The Isthmus Peak Track is a 16km out-and-back hike to the summit of Isthmus Peak (1,385 meters), where you get great views of Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. The track starts off the Lake Hawea section of SH6, about a 30 minute d...

    9.9 miles 4544 ft gain

  • Bike and Hike the Port Hills (Christchurch)

    Park on the west side of Summit Road near Dyers Pass Road to unload your bicycle or start on the Crater Rim Track. Alternatively you can hike up from the valley on the (west to east) Bowenvale, Huntsbury, Mt Vernon, Rapaki or Bridle Tracks, all of...

  • Hike the Minaret Burn Track

    The Minaret Burn Track starts at the end of West Wanaka Road at Homestead Bay, which many tourists (and locals!) unknowingly drive past on their way to Treble Cone, Diamond Lake and/or the Rob Roy glacier. The start of the track is signposted and ...

    8.7 miles

  • Mountain Bike the Heaphy Track

    The following are recommended rides along this track.Browns Hut to Perry Saddle: 3-4 hrs, 17.5 km (10.8 miles)This ride is mostly a steady uphill through beech forest. The Aorere Shelter is about halfway, and there is also a short detour to check ...

    58 miles

  • Bike along the Clutha River

    The Upper Clutha River track and Newcastle track can be joined to form a great ~28km loop that I highly recommend as a long run or a fun mountain bike ride. I suggest parking at the Hawea River swing bridge in Albert Town and starting off by going...

    17.4 miles

  • Hike or Bike the Karetai Track

    This track starts at the end of Tomahawk Road (by Smaills beach) and climbs 200 meters uphill over its 2km one-way length. The walking track ends at Karetai Road, so you could also start it at that end.The track provides amazing views of Smaills b...

    2.5 miles 656.2 ft gain

  • Summit Rainbow Mountain

    Heading to Taupo or Rotorua? Well be sure to make some time for this incredible tramp right off of SH 5 on your way there! Rainbow Mountain is a well maintained track over geothermal activities with amazing views. Give yourself 2.5 to 3 hours time...

    3.1 miles 1148.3 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike to Boundary Creek Hut

    The track to Boundary Creek Hut follows an old 4WD track for about 9 km () with minimal height gain on the way in. Not long into the ride, you will pass another 4WD track with marker poles – this heads to the Garden of Eden (not the glacier one), ...

  • Mountain Bike the Old Ghost Road

    The Old Ghost Road is an intermediate-advanced backcountry single-track mountain bike trail in New Zealand. It takes 1-4 days to complete, with most people doing the ride in two days. It's in the West Coast region (the upper South Island) and runs...

    52.2 miles 5577.4 ft gain

  • Hike or Bike the Glendhu Bay Track

    This walk can also be started from the waterfront in Wanaka, which is only a few km from the track start above.  From the car park, follow the track along the lake north. It is quite well marked and follows the coastline offering stunning views of...

    9.3 miles