Epic rides with epic views
From scenic road rides around the region with eye-popping views, to kilometres of flowing single track and epic high-country riding in the mountains, novices and experts alike can spend days exploring.
If you’re looking for purpose built single tracks, then the 11.5km of berms and switch banks on Deans Bank is a must, and Sticky Forest will provide you with endless options to test your skills. Or check out Cardrona Bike Park with chairlift access to some of the highest and longest descents in New Zealand!
Try the Lismore Jump Park for an exhilarating morning or afternoon including dirt table tops, wooden features, a jump track and technical tracks for those who like it steep and tricky.
Wanaka is also home to some of New Zealand’s most iconic bike events. The Motatapu held every March is a great introduction to mountain bike events with an achievable 50km course that takes competitors from the shores of Lake Wanaka through a low mountain pass to Arrowtown.
If you’re up for a challenge then try the “Big Easy”, NZ’s highest mountain bike race traversing the Pisa Range, or take on NZ’s ultimate mountain bike challenge, the Contact Epic - a testing 125km circumnavigation of Lake Hawea.
For road cyclists and triathletes, Challenge Wanaka - held annually in February - is the world’s most scenic iron distance triathlon, with a rolling 180km bike course that offers stunning views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.
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