HIRE A BIKE AND EXPLORE
There are so many trails to ride in Wanaka, we aim to get you on a bike faster through our Wanaka bike hire and delivery service and we can also get there faster with our shuttle service!
For greater comfort try one of our latest model full-suspension E-Bikes allows for comfort for mountain biking specific trails but just as importantly allows you ride further and longer due to the battery assist. Life’s good with an E-Bike right!
An easy start to your day is one our Bike and Shuttle trip to Lake Hawea. After a thorough briefing ride away on one of our latest model full-suspension E-Bikes. Start off with a relaxed 15km ride down the Hawea River Track (grade 2) to gain familiarity of the bike and to warm up before arriving at Deans Bank Trail. This 12km purpose-built mountain bike trail is by far our most popular choice. It’s well built and easy to navigate for most riders. It can even be ridden multiple times as its a loop trail. The riding is a mixture of smooth and fun berms and turns with a woods section at the far end. It’s an undulating ride with incredible views of the surrounding mountains, lake and river below.
The majority of riders choose to return to Wanaka township via a grade 2 trail along the water edge which is all explained during the briefing process. For riders that want to continue biking on more purpose-built mountain bike trails, there are options such as ‘The Hikuwai Loop trail’ and ‘Sticky Forest’. Both these places you must have the TrailForks App downloaded (free!) as there’s so many trails its easy to get lost. Did we mention there’s a local’s favourite cafe en route? Total distance is from 30km to 45kms+.
For this ride we recommend two important things:
1) Mountain biking experience!
2) Downloading the TrailForks app
More options on the Wanaka trails for the keen mountain biker are noted below.
Local favourites and options for you to consider include
- Deans Bank – Hire one of our latest model full-suspension E-Bikes and take the complimentary shuttle to Lake Hawea (extended version) or get dropped off at Albert Town to explore purpose-built trails including Deans Bank,
Distance: 11km loop
Time 1 hour
Difficulty: Moderate experience
- The Hikuwai Loop – The Hikuwai Track is made up of two tracks which join onto each other to make about a 7 – 8 km circuit depending on where you finish the track. They are generally done in a clockwise direction and the easiest place to find it is either just above the car park at the up-river end of the Outlet Track or off Aubrey Road approx 1km east of Outlet Road. An intermediate single track that is not particularly technical but with some wooden structures over fences and uphill pinches. Follow the Hikuwai Loop markers at ground level.
Time: 1 hour
- Sticky Forest – A local fav and super close to town. Sticky is a great network of mountain bike tracks for intermediate to advanced riders
This fun network of single track makes the best of the pine forest in Wanaka township. There are over 20 tracks to choose from; from the technical switchbacks of Stumpy and Yumpts, to the beautiful berms of Venus, to Crankin’ Fine’s legendary uphill corkscrew, these trails are expertly designed to be enjoyed by beginners and pros alike. All tracks are on public reserve, DOC reserve or private property. Please respect the use of the land and rights of the land owners/managers. Lake and riverside tracks are also walking tracks. Combine with the new Hikuwai tracks to make a great half day of mountain biking.
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
- Minaret Burn Track – This beautiful dual-use track provides easy access to beautiful beaches along Wanaka’s western shore. From Homestead Bay carpark the track gently undulates towards small, sheltered, Colquhouns Beach; a popular swimming and picnic spot. The longer, more demanding trips beyond are described in the Department of Conservation’s Minaret Burn Track brochure. Mountain biking permitted.
Start: West Wanaka Road
Time: 2-3 Hours
- Grandview Mountain Track – The Grandview Mountain Track (previously known as Grandview Creek Track) gives access to the vast Grandview Range. Pockets of kānuka shrub land merge with the pastoral land on the lower section of the track before opening up to the tussock land that dominates the tops. Climbing steadily the track passes several small remnant beech forests on the opposite side of the creek, before reaching the station boundary at 1260 m then Grandview Mountain at 1398 m; an elevation gain of 958 m from the car park.
Time: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Hard and Steep on 4WD tracks