WANAKA MOUNTAIN BIKE TRACKS
10 OF THE BEST!
You can bike or walk all the way from Glendhu Bay to Lake Hawea or Luggate via Wanaka township, along gorgeous, well-formed and very scenic tracks. Choose a section of track (some are completely flat and others more challenging), take a family walk or bike ride, and dip down into one of the hundreds of beautiful coves and picnic spots along the way.
Note: times are estimated walking times with children.
1) Wanaka Lakefront to Glendhu Bay
Millennium Track to Waterfall Creek Carpark
Easy – 1 hour return
Starting from town, follow the track with the lake on your right. This track is perfect with littlies, completely flat and quite wide.
Waterfall Creek Carpark to Glendhu Bay (3 hours return)
Part I: Med
Part II: Med/Hard
The first section is more undulating as you follow the lake round to a secluded bay. Mountain bikers will find this just slightly harder going but not technical and definitely still great for families. You reach a turn off where you can choose to dip down to the lake shore, or follow the track to Glendhu Bay. From here the track becomes more technical in places with several steep undulations. The views are stunning as you climb above the lake, then dip down to the shore.
2) Wanaka Lakefront to Lake Outlet
Easy – 90 minutes return
This flat and wide single track skirts the marina and then follows around the back of the yacht club to Eely Point. Continue along the beach to Bremner Bay and you’ll see the start of the Clutha River – Lake Wanaka’s outlet. Finish up at the Outlet near the campground (where you can buy ice creams) – a great picnic spot.
3) Lake Outlet to Albert Town
Easy/Med – 90 minutes return
This is one of our favourite sections simply because the Clutha River is so gorgeous and such different scenery from the lake. Park right at the start of the track near the Lake Outlet Holiday Park along Anderson Road. The track is slightly more narrow and undulating than the lakefront rides but certainly fine for bikers of all ages. Watch out for others ~ it's a busy, two-way, multi-use track.
4) Hikuwai Loop and Sticky Forest
Near Lake Outlet Holiday Park you’ll find a pine forest with a network of well-built and maintained
single tracks. The tracks are graded and suitable for young teens and up, with some experience.
5) Lismore Jump Park
An awesome jump park with some hair-raising challenges – hang out and watch the
experts or practice your bike tricks on some of the smaller jumps. Off Plantation Road.
6) Cardrona Bike Park (see above picture)
Enjoy lift-accessed downhill mountain bike trails for all abilities to enjoy! Lap the lifts daily from 10am to 4pm or Friday nights til 8pm.
With beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, a FREE learner zone, flow tracks and even a bike school offering private lessons, you'll have plenty to explore all day!
Mountain bike rental, including kids' bikes, plus safety gear, all available at Cardrona Bike Park.
7) Bike Glendhu
Epic Wanaka mountain biking, with MTB trails that drop from sky to water, with alpine rocks, roots and remarkable views.
Day pass for trail use, shuttles, mountain and e-bike hire available.
8) Albert Town to Lake Hawea
An easy, well-formed 10km track that follows the Hawea River to Lake Hawea. Slightly undulating but overall very easy biking for all ages.
9) Deans Bank
Med - 45min-1 hour loop
Fast, flowy and FUN, this single track loop is a winner! Some moderately technical ups and downs, tight switch-backs, roots and rocks and narrow trail in places. That said it's a great place to increase your bike skills with nothing too hard. If you're experienced it's a fun track to whizz around with sensational river views.
10) Newcastle Track
Med - 3 hours
We love loop tracks! This one starts and finishes at Albert Town Campsite and follows the Clutha River down one side, across the red bridge near Luggate then back along the other side. You come out at the Cardrona River and ride back through Albert Town to get to the campsite.
Gorgeous views the whole way. Some steep but mostly short climbs, and drop offs at some points.