New Zealand has developed a niche in biking and hiking due to its rich and diverse topography. Biking trails can be found along ocean shores, lakes, river lines, forests, cutting across its infrastructures such as old railways tracks and bridges. Due to the enthusiasm around biking, other activities are also found along the trails or after-party activities such as swimming, wining, gaming and bonding over barbeque.
Here is a list of venues you can sample.
The Old Ghost Road
Located 45 minutes off West port or a five-hour drive from Christchurch, this is a biker’s heaven. It provides one of the most challenging tracks covering 85Km. Along the way, you get to sample Wild Mokihinui River, have a feel of the gold mines while also spending the night in traditional huts.
Due to its rugged terrain and extremely long distance, only bikers with excellent resilience and experience are encouraged to take part. Bikers of grade 4 and above qualify to take part. For adventure, though, one can take part in a small section of the trail.
Queen Charlotte Track
This is a 70 Km stretch extending from Ship all the way to Anakiwa in the South of New Zealand. Along the way, you sample the views of Te Mahia Bay, native bush, historical topography, up-close with some wildlife, uninterrupted views of Queen Charlotte and also experience the Kenepuru Sounds. This track can offer a perfect holiday. With great accommodation facilities that are also available, this means you can spend more than one day to enjoy the track fully.
Located just a 15 minutes drive from Queenstown, Rude Rock offers a unique 3km stretch that any advanced rider must go for. As you descend approximately 3000m, you are treated with stunning mountainous views making the experience memorable. Along the way, you get to sample the old gold mine settlements and stunning views of the Wakitipu Basin.