The 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 Outbound community.

Top mountain biking spots in and near New Zealand

  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    Hike along Wanaka's Waterfall Creek Track

    4.0
    3.1 mi
    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 meters along the Waterfall Creek track you'll come u...
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  • Ben Lomond, New Zealand

    Camp at Moke Lake

    5.0
    4.3 mi
    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 campground that's on the southeast end of the lake...
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  • The Neck, New Zealand

    Hike Isthmus Peak

    5.0
    9.9 mi / 4544 ft gain
    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 drive from Wanaka Township, and there's a yellow 'I...
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  • Christchurch, New Zealand

    Bike and Hike the Port Hills (Christchurch)

    5.0
    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 which are shared use bike/hike tracks.Once you ar...
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  • Cattle Flat, New Zealand

    Hike the Minaret Burn Track

    8.7 mi
    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 trail times to Colquhouns Beach (2-3 hrs; 7km) and...
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  • Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

    Mountain Bike the Heaphy Track

    5.0
    58 mi
    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 out Flanagan’s Corner, the highest point on the tr...
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  • Albert Town, New Zealand

    Bike along the Clutha River

    17.4 mi
    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 over the swing bridge to pick up the signposted N...
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  • Dunedin, New Zealand

    Hike or Bike the Karetai Track

    2.5 mi / 656.2 ft gain
    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 beach and the beautiful coastline further south. An...
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  • 2208 Thermal Explorer Highway, New Zealand

    Summit Rainbow Mountain

    3.1 mi / 1148.3 ft gain
    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 and you'll be rewarded when you reach the summit....
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  • Ashburton Lakes, New Zealand

    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), so keep on the main track.About 2 km (1.2 miles) f...
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  • Inangahua, New Zealand

    Mountain Bike the Old Ghost Road

    52.2 mi / 5577.4 ft gain
    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 from the historic mining settlement of Lyell in t...
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  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    Hike or Bike the Glendhu Bay Track

    9.3 mi
    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 the mountains on both sides of the lake. Dependin...
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  • Craigieburn Forest Park, New Zealand

    Ride the Craigieburn Mountain Bike Trails

    24.9 mi / 3937 ft gain
    Being a cloudy and gray day in Christchurch, we decided to pack the bikes up and drive the 100kms on SH73 up to the Craigieburn Forest Park. There are several entrances to the tracks. You can either park up in the Castle Hill Village and enter the Hogs Back Track from there, or park in the Broken...
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  • Picton, New Zealand

    Mountain Bike Punga Cove to Anakiwa

    27.7 mi / 1476.4 ft gain
    The easiest way to get to Punga Cove to start this ride is parking in Picton and getting a water taxi for you and your bike out to Punga Cove. From there you will be able to pick up the track and start riding. At the end of the trip, after you reach Anakiwa, there is a water taxi there that can g...
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