If you’re a mountain biking enthusiast, then Aotearoa is your perfect destination.
This article covers the best spots for mountain bikers who enjoy the purpose built trails and wild rides they can offer. New Zealand offers a diverse range of terrains, from dense forests to rugged mountain landscapes, making it a dream destination for mountain biking. Read on and get some inspiration and information to guide you through the best places to hit the trails and experience the adrenaline rush of mountain biking in New Zealand.



North Island Gems

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Bay of Islands
For those wanting to combine history with mountain biking, head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park in the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a cultural experience while exploring trails of varying difficulty. The park is situated in a historic area with exceptional scenery and beaches nearby and also offers riders the chance to learn more about New Zealand’s heritage. Click here to find out more.


Woodhill Mountain Bike Park
Home to 100+kms of buff single track, the most popular riding destination in Auckland. All abilities are catered for with well marked and graded trails. The well draining soil means the trails are in excellent condition all year round. Open 7 days a week and late nights on Wednesdays. Bikes are able to be hired for the time there if you have not taken one with our fun pack additions. They also boast a great cafe, pro shop and bike wash down area.
Down the road from the bike park is also a Zipline and Tree Adventure course, for those that haven’t had enough adrenaline on the trails!
This is an absolute gem of a destination and not to be missed while in Auckland so check then out here.



Kick off your mountain biking adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. This North Island gem is a must-visit for mountain biking enthusiasts. The Whakarewarewa Forest, also known as the Redwoods, boasts a network of over 130 kilometres of trails for all skill levels. From flowing downhill tracks to technical cross-country routes, Rotorua offers something for every rider. Hire Bikes are available and you can also buy tickets to get shuttled to the top for downhill runs. They have excellent places to park the Motorhome and you will be on the trails in minutes. After your day of biking, head to the hot pools on site to soak your weary legs and feet, you’ll be in heaven. Here is their website for more details.


Just a stone’s throw away from Rotorua, Lake Taupo offers more breathtaking scenery and fantastic biking trails. The Great Lake Trail is a highlight, providing a mix of terrain and spectacular views of the largest lake in New Zealand. Craters Mountain Bike Park is another great option.
Taupo is an ideal stop for a relaxing break in your motorhome adventure, with many rides available in the area, including the cycle trail around the Great Lake, which can be done in sections and can make a perfect family afternoon.



South Island Adventures

Nelson is a hidden gem for mountain biking. With its mild climate and a wide range of trails, it’s a mountain biker’s paradise. The Codgers Mountain Bike Park, in particular, offers trails for all levels and beautiful views over the city. Codgers is just one of the many awesome options here. Join the Nelson Mountain Bike Club club on a 2 week visitors pass for only $20 and hit the trails.
Their website is packed with information including regularly updated safety and trail information and maps.
Check it our here.


Chirstchurch boasts a huge park which is not only a dream for all grades of riders, but it also offers other activities to partake in including zip-lining, sightseeing lifts, lessons and coaching and free walking trails and a cafe on site.
It’s a great way to spend a day or 3 in beautiful surroundings riding epic trails and getting the heart pumping!
Their website is full of information and it’s a not to be missed spot when in Christchurch.


Queenstown is often referred to as the adventure capital of the world, and its mountain biking scene lives up to the reputation. The Queenstown Bike Park offers world-class downhill tracks and epic views of Lake Wakatipu. It’s a must-visit for thrill-seekers and downhill enthusiasts.
A short drive from Queenstown, Wanaka is home to some incredible mountain biking trails. The Deans Bank Track is a local favourite, offering scenic routes alongside Lake Wanaka and the Clutha River. There is enough here between the two to keep you very busy on your visit to the area.
Check out the offical site to learn more.


Tips for Mountain Biking in New Zealand

Check Trail Conditions: New Zealand’s weather can be unpredictable. Before heading out, make sure to check trail conditions and the local weather forecast. Some trails may be closed during adverse weather conditions.

Respect the Environment: Be sure to follow the “leave no trace” principles. New Zealand’s natural beauty is its greatest asset, so please do your part in preserving it.

Safety First: Always wear the proper safety gear, including a helmet, gloves, and pads. It’s essential to ride within your skill level, especially when tackling technical trails.

Local Knowledge: Connect with local mountain biking clubs or seek advice from local riders. They can provide insights and recommendations for the best trails and trail conditions.


New Zealand is a land of staggering beauty and diverse landscapes and mountain biking is one of the best ways to explore its wild and untamed terrain. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a scenic ride, New Zealand has it all.
So add a mountain bike to your booking for free, or hire at the local clubs and embark on a thrilling adventure through the best mountain biking spots in our mesmerising country.
Your journey will be an unforgettable experience filled with natural wonders, adrenaline-pumping rides, and lifelong memories.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *