Top 12 Overnight Rides

Features

Dave Mitchell guides us on an epic mountain bike journey through New Zealand There is no substitute for turning over the pedals on dirt. A favourite mountain bike ride may...

Riding high

Mountain biking

Mt Arrowsmith Station, Lake Heron Sharyn Miller knows a thing or three about merino wool and the high country stations the sheep grow up on. Merino sheep have been keeping...

On a wing and a prayer

Mountain biking

Top Hope Hut, Lake Sumner Forest Park Ditte and I were faced with an immaculate winter weather forecast, with another huge high locked over the country. This normally delivers severe...

Three tramping tops

Wild Climbing

Bounded by the Rangitata and Rakaia rivers, Hakatere Conservation Park offers spectacular vistas for those prepared to summit the park’s peaks. Dave Mitchell climbs three of the best One of...

Borland Saddle’s magic tops

Wild Trips

  Mount Burns, Fiordland National Park We parked at the top of Borland Saddle as the valley mist rolled over us and through the stunted dripping beech forest festooned with...

Rats on a hill

Wild Trips

Rat Hill, Redcliffe Conservation Area Redcliffe Conservation Area and scenic reserve were created in October 2009 as part of the tenure review process. The reserve encompasses the Redcliffe Stream catchment...

On any given Sunday

Wild Trips

Mt Sunday Loop, Mt Richmond Forest Park, Marlborough With stunning views from the rambling tops, this well-marked loop track makes a great day trip at the northern end of the...

From big bang to big rides

Mountain biking

The 71km Great Lake Trail is one of the most engaging and rewarding rides in the North Island, offering expansive views of not only the largest lake in Australasia but...

Endless possibilities

Mountain biking

Sandwiched between the headwaters of the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers, Hakatere Conservation Park is a vast area of open tussock country, rolling foothills, mountains, rivers and lakes below the stunning...

A wild and woolly coast

Mountain biking

The Wild Coast Track section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail traverses a spectacular chunk of rugged coastline between Orongorongo and Ocean Beach. Getting to the track head requires a pleasant...

Into the mineral belt

Mountain biking

New Zealand’s first railway, the Dun Mountain Railway, was built from Nelson to Coppermine Saddle in 1861. The narrow gauge railway not only provided access to the chromite and copper...

Steam, steel and timber

Mountain biking

With a mix of purpose-built single-track, old logging roads, massive swingbridges and a historic timber railway corridor to peddle along, cycle trails don’t get any better than the Timber Trail....

Sultans of swing

Mountain biking

In 1862, a party of Māori prospectors discovered gold in the West Coast’s Lyell Creek and the rush was on. At its peak, Lyell boasted seven stores, five hotels, two...

Sunrise over the Motu

Features, Mountain biking

Opotiki proudly faces north, collecting the first rays of the morning sun as it rises over the Bay of Plenty. Sandwiched between the Otara and Waioeka Rivers, the town has...

Logged and loaded

Features, Mountain biking

Tongariro Forest’s 25,000 hectares are strategically wedged between Tongariro National Park and the top of the Erua Forest near National Park. Gazetted in 1900 as State Forest 42, the forest...

Queen of the slipstream

Features, Mountain biking

As part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, the 73km Queen Charlotte Track is at the very heart of the Marlborough Sounds.  The trail climbs over beautiful bush-clad saddles, hugs...

Magic carpet ride

Features, Mountain biking

On a fine day with little or no wind, the Skyline Walkway and Red Rocks Track would have to be one of the best ridge-top point-to-point rides in New Zealand....

Bike the banks

Mountain biking

The long craggy fingers of Banks Peninsula were formed by two massive volcanic eruptions between six and 11 million years ago. The resulting overlapping volcanic cones rose to over twice...

A legacy trail

Features, Mountain biking

Servicemen returning from Europe after fighting in the First World War were offered land in the Mangapurua and Kaiwhakauka valleys.  The first to arrive cleared the dense bush from their holdings...

Hooning in Hunua

Mountain biking

Auckland’s Hunua Ranges Regional Park once provided timber, food and refuge for local Māori. Around 1870 onwards, early settlers logged the massive kauri, rimu, totara and kahikatea and cleared the...

For the love of gold

Mountain biking

We can thank New Zealand’s early gold miners for many of the best mountain bike tracks we ride today. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the South Island’s West...