There are numerous accessible mountain bike tracks around Wanaka. Wanaka's tracks wind over private, DOC and council land - giving us a wonderful and varied range of mountain biking options.
Five minutes from the town centre by bike is Sticky Forest which contains tracks for all riding abilities, including plenty of man made features. There is some excellent trail riding around the lake with the Outlet track and Millennium Track, each running along opposite sides of the lake and offering spectacular scenery and taking in the beautiful surroundings from every angle.
For Guided Mountain Bike Tours go to www.wanakabiketours.co.nz
The Plantation (including Sticky Forest)
This fun network of trails makes the best of exotic 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 switchback and look out bench, these trails are expertly designed to be enjoyed by beginners and pros alike.
Taylors XC Trail
A great way to link a ride from Albert Town to the Plantation and back again, this single track starts in the Manuka Flats of the Hikuwai Reserve, takes you for a rooty ride through the forest and spits you out onto the open land above the Outlet Camp. A beauty.
The Millenium Track
Beautiful walking and cycling track skirting a cliff top above the shores of Lake Wanaka - an intermediate ride with views you'll never forget. Starts at Waterfall Creek culminating at Glendhu Bay. From the shop to Glendhu is about 1:15min of brisk pedalling.
Lismore Jump Park
This facility includes a beginner skills area, a new flow/pump track, various dirt tabletops and features, plus a full-on jump line and technical tracks for those who like it steep and tricky.
The Hawea River Track
Access first right after the Albert town bridge, this is a 10km bike trail following the Hawea River from Albert town to Lake Hawea. Easy grade, beautifully scenic for either mountain biking or commuting. Also provides access to other trails around the Hawea Region.
Opened in 2012 it starts directly opposite the Hawea Hotel weaving its way along the lake shore to finish at Johns Creek where the metal road to Timaru creek can be joined.
Deans Bank Track
A XC track on which the Wanaka 10hour race is run in October each year. Very entertaining and varied suitable for every level of rider. Starting at the Albert Town campground the track follows a 11km loop taking you to the Lake Wanaka outlet before doubling back thru the forest. A staple of local riders amusement.
Upper Clutha River Track
An amazing track. From the Albert Town DOC parking ground on the Cardrona River at Pawson's Crossing this track leads you downstream to Luggate, taking in the twists in the Clutha and fantastic views. Carry on past the small carpark and enjoy the new addition to this track which takes you to 'The Devils Elbow' and ultimately, if you so desire, The Luggate Pub. (Approx 16km)
Opened in 2012 this is the perfect link for the Upper Clutha River Track to create a wonderful loop. Beginning at the swing bridge on the Hawea River Track, this goes down the left downstream bank of the river emerging at a DOC carpark just north of the Red Bridge. Ridden either way this is a great 30km combined ride which takes in so much of the environment and can be perfectly combined with a halfway stopover at the Luggate Pub (approx 35km loop)
West Wanaka/Mt Alta
Access past Glendu Bay and take signs to West Wanaka off the Aspiring road on to the gravel. Take the marked 'West Wanaka Road' from the DOC carpark to culminate at Colquhouns Beach / Cattle Flat with an optional (though brutal) extension if desired up the steep switch backs above and beyond... Retreat the way you came or arrange for floating vessel extraction for the complete adventure. The trail is exposed to the weather so make sure and be prepared.
Need a map?
Lake Wanaka Cycling prints a comprehensive map of the local trail network - pick up a copy from Racers Edge Bike for only $2.00.
More info at Wanaka Bike Club