MOUNTAIN BIKING IN NEW ZEALAND.
If you are ‘wheelie’ serious about mountain biking in New Zealand, then a great place to start are the regions below.
With the mountains and volcanoes dominate across the country, there is no lack of exciting terrain. In true Kiwi style, the terrain has been used to create adventurous mountain biking tracks. Take your pick from purpose-built mountain biking parks, backcountry bike trails, or steady rides through breathtaking scenery.
Although mountain biking isn’t restricted to the regions below (really, you can find somewhere to take your bike anywhere in New Zealand), these regions have some of the more popular mountain biking spots in the country. They are listed from north to south for your easy-scrolling pleasure.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOUNTAIN BIKING IN NEW ZEALAND
- It is illegal to not wear a helmet when cycling in New Zealand.
- It is mandatory to have a red or yellow reflector on the back of a bike and yellow pedal reflectors.
- The difficulty of a trail is marked in grades, grade 1 being the easiest and grade 6 being the most difficult.
- Local trail maps can be picked up at local bike shops.
- Find out road cycling laws in City Cycling Rules in New Zealand.
Moving onto the South Island now, the Nelson/Tasman region encompasses mountains and two national parks packed with fun terrain.
There are three MTB park-styled areas easily cycled to from Nelson city centre: Sharlands Trails, Richmond Hills and Codgers MTB Park. For a mountain biking trip, there’s the Dun Mountain Trail with long downhill sections, as well as tough climbs. From May to September, you can bike the New Zealand Great Walk, the Heaphy Track. In the Abel Tasman National Park, there’s the Rameka Track for forest and downhill trails. For something more on the easy side, there is the purpose-built Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, which is 175km trail on the coast and some inland fruit orchards.