By Jay French
The rides throughout this region range from purpose-built to pioneer trails, across landscapes from coastal to high-country tussocks and mountains.
Christchurch - Canterbury
6-9 Hrs — 43 km
Sidling around the rim of an extinct volcano in Christchurch’s Port Hills, this is an intensely scenic, cross-country mountain biking adventure.
3-4 Hrs — 22 kms
Set in stunning, mountain surrounds, these technical mountain biking trails feature fragrant beech forest, memorable alpine vistas, and some epic downhills.
1-3 Hrs — 5-15 km
Singletrack by day, hot pools by night: it is no surprise this adventure-mad town is such a popular mountain biking destination.