South Island trips

South Island Mountain Bikers' Road Trip

7 Days


Nelson Central to Central Queenstown


  • Riding Old Ghost Road
  • Queenstown Bike Park
  • Level of diversity

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This itinerary visits two of New Zealand's more challenging cycle trails, Dun Mountain Trail and Old Ghost Road, and it continues to some of the best mountain bike parks in the country. The itinerary is flexible so you can take as much time as you like to explore a huge range of attractions along the way including glacier walks, rafting, or bungy jumping. While the drive is stunning, roads in this part of the country can be narrow and windy. Make sure you familiarise yourself with driving in New Zealand before setting out on this epic mountain biking adventure.

Day 1

Nelson, ride the Dun Mountain Trail


Arrive in Nelson and relax at a local café before starting the ride from the Nelson i-SITE. The full loop is 45 km long and takes 4 - 7 hours depending on how often you want to stop and take in the epic scenery.

Exploring the edges of the Abel Tasman National Park in a sea kayak is a rare type of freedom.

Nelson Central

One of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, Nelson is the perfect spot to base yourself while you spend some time exploring the Abel Tasman National Park.

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