You probably already know some of our favourite mountain biking locations as we wrote about them in previous articles (check ‘em out here: Rotorua, Christchurch, Wanaka, Queenstown). But the New Zealand MTB scene is constantly developing and growing. With some of the best trail building crews on the globe and an awesome MTB community behind them, our trail networks keep getting better each year.
Some Kiwi locations are even listed as first class ride centres by the IMBA. Rotorua and Nelson are Gold-level while Taupō gets Silver recognition. But beyond these MTB meccas, New Zealand has so much to offer. Here’s a list of destinations you can pick from – you’ll find some major riding locations as well as some smaller networks of trails.
NORTH OF THE NORTH
There is a few good places where you can ride bikes north of Auckland. If you are heading towards Cape Reinga make sure you check the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, just north of Paihia. With trails for all levels, it’s the newest MTB trail network addition in Northland. Want to add more riding to your Northland adventure? You can also check the Parihaka MTB Park in Whangarei.
If you decide to go riding closer to the city, there are a couple of other places you can check such as the Woodhill Mountain Bike Park and the Riverhead Forest!