Getting ready to roll? Check out our top trails – just the tip of New Zealand’s epic mountain biking iceberg!
To see why Rotorua is widely rated one of the world’s best mountain biking meccas, look no further than these legendary trails threaded through towering redwoods and lush native bush.
Pulling in ambitious riders from all over the world, these adrenaline-pumping downhill trails in Queenstown are all the more irresistible for their eye-popping alpine country backdrop.
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New Zealand’s longest single-track is also its ultimate wilderness epic – a multi-day journey in the West Coast following a hard-won route over rugged mountains that realised the abandoned dreams of old gold miners.
An unforgettable adventure through the remote wonderland of Kahurangi National Park in Nelson, this ride takes in strange and ever-changing landscapes, with the bonus of staying in atmospheric backcountry huts.
Snaking around a high-country hilltop in Southland, a historic water race has been extended by hand to produce a splendid single-track circuit with grand views and charming huts to stay in overnight.
Luring riders deep into Pureora Forest Park in the heart of the North Island, this mixed-terrain trail features ancient trees, birdlife, thrilling suspension bridges and intriguing timber-milling relics.
Easy - Intermediate
One of New Zealand’s original mountain-biking must-dos, this descent-heavy cross-country trail follows long-abandoned logging tracks through forest within wheeling distance of Tongariro National Park.
Traversing historic St James Station near Hanmer Springs, this challenging high-country trail rewards riders with vistas of soaring peaks, alpine meadows, beech forest, tranquil lakes and crystal clear rivers.
Easy - Advanced
One of New Zealand’s original Great Rides, this track traces the bays, hills and ridges of the Marlborough Sounds, with resort stays, boat trips and water sports on offer.
Intermediate - Advanced