Top 5 bike trails in New Zealand

by Julie on February 26, 2018

New Zealand is surely one of the most gorgeous countries to exist with its surreal landscapes. Its rain draped forests, muddy pools, steep peaks, wild life heaven and heaven touching mountain tops not only give a beautiful and out-of-this-world kind of landscape but also enthrall the life of those who love to ride the winds – bikers.

With this jaw dropping landscape, biking provides a way to intimately discover the landscape in a new and bewitching way and the mountain bike trails just make this even more easier! If you’re one of those cycling enthusiasts looking for a new kind of adrenaline rush, these tracks are surely worth a check out!

Whakarewarewa Forest:

This trail supports all kinds of riding styles on this 80-mile track. The tracks are divided into sub categories or riding areas according to difficulty. The forest has numerous ways to enjoy the bliss of cycling and is worth giving a try. The magical feel that is entitled to Whaka is because of the exotic plant species that have been planted there after the 1800s volcano destroyed most of its landscape.

With holding the title of one of the oldest bike tracks and having continuously evolving trails, there is something given to all levels of cycling lovers by this action-packed place! On Mondays they allow night riding, so bring a bicycle light if you want to try it!

Otago Peninsula Trail:

The drive from downtown Dunedin is less than 30 minutes to the Otago Peninsula Trail but its like riding in your own remote backcountry. Its packed with farmland, beautiful forestry and heavenly beaches making it a great biking trail in terms of geography too.

Moreover, there is a route which takes the rider along a beachside native to a special class of penguins which are the rarest of the world. Moreover, sealions and furs seals are also some of the wild life you might come across on this 15-mile trail. If you ride on the beach, riding a fat tire bike will make it much easier going. You can rent them in several places along the trail.

Welcome Rock Trails:

A hand-built trail with a pick & a shovel by a farmer, Welcome Rock trail in the South of Queenstown is a single track suitable for both hiking & biking. Its best feature is that there are two huts which can be booked for overnighting. One with an outdoor bath too! More trails are in the developing too so this place is a sure go-to.

The Old Ghost Road:

Located at the North-west corner, the old ghost road is a forgotten miner’s road which is being developed into a long mountain biking trail. It is 51-mile long with hut services and also serves as a trekking trail. The length of the trip requires staying overnight but the mountain top sceneries are worth the stay-up.

Heaphy Track:

The 50-mile long Heaphy Track in South Island goes by an ancient trail in the mountains and joins the sea, and has the bliss of gorgeous looking landscapes. It consists of grasslands, forests, rain forests, beaches and palm forests too. Although a proper ride through takes about 2 days and an overnight, the great views of the river are surely something you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

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