This riding season, park yourself and your trusty two-wheeled steed at one of Wanaka's many bike-friendly accommodations.
Anyone who loves riding and/or travels with their bike, knows that finding bike-friendly accommodation can be pure gold. On-site bike storage, bike cleaning stations, nearby trails and riding areas and rental options are all bonuses. And with over 750km of trails to explore in Wanaka, you’re going to want to get a hold of or bring your wheels.
So, look no further, because we’ve got bike-friendly accommodation to suit all your needs and budget!
Wanaka Homestead: The Wanaka Homestead has a lock-up room for bikes and a hose on hand to clean hard-working bikes after a day on the tracks! And with five bed & breakfast king or twin rooms (sleeping up to ten people), you can bring your entire crew to ride. The Homestead also has family-friendly self-catering cottages; the two bedroom Ruby Cottage which sleeps four, and the three bedroom Lismore Cottage which sleeps seven. You can also hire shiny new bikes and helmets on site for $25 for half a day and $40 for full day. And don’t forget, the Homestead is just a ten-minute drive to Bike Glendhu and just a hop, skip and a jump away from the lakefront trails and #thatwanakatree.
Mountain View Backpackers: The team at Mountain View Backpackers is made up of like-minded riders from all over New Zealand who are primed and ready with tips for visiting bike enthusiasts, like local knowledge of bike parks, single track trails, enduro, cross-country and easy riding areas.
On-site there are bike cleaning facilities with high pressure hoses and brushes, secure under cover storage, a dedicated fix-it area with tools and stands and bike servicing and maintenance pick up.
Alpine Motel Wanaka & Apartments: Choose to lock your bike on-site, on your vehicle or in your room. The motel has camera surveillance and 24hr lighting for extra security.
Fairway Motel & Apartments: Fairway Motel and has secure storage for bicycles and a boat/car wash bay that can serve as a bike wash station to rinse the mud off after a day of riding!
Bella Vista Motel: Bella Vista is definitely bike-friendly. They offer a secure lock-up for bicycles in the old Wanaka jail cell! It doesn’t get much more secure than that! They also have a bike-wash station on-site.
Bella Vista also partners with all the major bike rental shops to offer deals. Being centrally located in Wanaka means that visitors can arrive without a vehicle and simply walk across the road, hire a bike and be on their way! How eco-friendly!
Wanaka View Motel: At Wanaka View Motel, a storage shed is provided for guests to stash their bikes and there’s easy access to the main bike tracks from the motel. They’re even able to supply guests with bikes!
Manuka Crescent Motel: Guests at the motel can stow their bikes in the confines of the building in either the large yard area or the ski dry room. Many studios also have their own terrace, should guests choose to lock their bikes there.
Archway Motel: The Archway has bike storage on-site and washing stations. They are also happy to provide free use of the on-site hot tubs to riders who need to rest their achy bones after a big day of slogging.
Edgewater Wanaka: With a lakefront location, Edgewater has direct access to the cycling trail. They also offer on-site bike rentals and helmets for only $35pp per day. In terms of bike storage, guests can request a ground floor room, with ranch-slider doors, providing direct access to the lawn and trails. There’s also an option to store bikes in their ski drying rooms for overnight safety. Guests to the resort can park their bikes at the rack on the terrace.
Edgewater also has an on-site helipad, offering access to the high alpine for hard-out riders. And at the end of the day, indulge in an Elements massage for your weary bones and an after-ride treat at the Wineglass café.
Cardrona Apartments: It doesn’t get closer to Cardrona Bike Park than this. Cardrona’s Alpine Apartments are only a one-minute walk to the lifts. With bike storage and rentals on-mountain, as well as incredible dining and stargazing at night, the Apartments are an awesome option for an all-around epic bike holiday!
Oakridge Resort: Oakridge has lockable areas, secure bike parking, washing stations, the option to drive straight up to your room for quick bike drop-off and of course, hot pools for after a long day of riding.
Lakeside Apartments: Lakeside Apartments are centrally located in town and have storage facilities for bicycles as well as lockable vehicle storage.
Cardrona Hotel: The Cardrona Hotel has always been very bike-friendly. The hotel is a key pitstop for road and touring cyclists riding between Wanaka and Queenstown. There’s a massive beer garden for riders to park up in and the Hotel is more than happy for bikes to be walked through the grounds.
The hotel is in very close proximity to the Cardrona Bike Park access road and is the final destination of the epic Peak to Pub trail. In addition, any cyclists staying in the accommodation are welcome to store their bikes under cover of the veranda near their rooms.
Glendhu Bay Motor Camp: Glendhu Bay Motor Camp is the closest accommodation to Bike Glendhu (only 300 metre from the end of the camp!). They are currently set up with a bike wash and will have a secure bike stand and e-bike charging station this summer.
All Bike Glendhu season pass holders get 10% off campsites (both powered and non-powered) throughout the season (excluding December 24th – February 7th) and all campers are entitled to 10% off day and season passes at Bike Glendhu (excluding December 24th – February 7th). Be sure to keep your eye out, because the camp and Bike Glendhu work together often to offer promotions during ‘big bike weekends’.
For those bikers with little shredders, the camp has 4km of camp roads that provide a safe haven for kids, plus the Millennium Track just off the site. With nine cabins, a twenty bed lodge, a fourteen bed house and 411 campsites, Glendhu Bay is the perfect accommodation option for bike groups of all sizes.
Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park: The Holiday Park is a Cycle Hub member park with the Holiday Park Association, which means that they are committed to ensuring bike holidays are made easier by providing advice and maps for riders, secured under cover cycle storage, a bike cleaning area, contacts for local bike mechanics and bike hire options (including child seats and a tag-a-long bike). With prior arrangement, the park can also plan pick up and drop-off services.
The Camp Hawea: The Camp is an incredible biking accommodation with both camping and glamping options, open spaces, bikes to hire and proximity to the vast, beautiful trails of Lake Hawea. Plus, they’re just down the road from the newest Bike Wanaka’s riding area on Domain Road, complete with a flow trail, skills area and pump track!
Release Wanaka: All Release Wanaka holiday rentals are bike and biker friendly! The team at Release can help coordinate your Wanaka biking experience, including luxury experiences. (Ps. Did you know that female mountain biking legend Casey Brown rates Release? Check out her stay last Autumn).
Minaret Station Alpine Lodge: Minaret Station and sister company Southern Lakes Helibike bring you one of New Zealand’s most exclusive guided mountain bike experiences. Sink into the luxury high-country comfort of Minaret Station Alpine Lodge as your base for adventure. Then enjoy the benefits of helicopter access to remote single track or lakeside scenic traverses in the Southern Alps right from your private chalet.
Wherever you choose to rest your weary head in Wanaka, just make sure that your dreams are dirt-filled. Happy riding!