Cycling & Mountain Biking in Wanaka
Wanaka is well suited for exploring by bike, with a variety of mountain-biking trails in the district. Cyclists can choose from gentle paths through serene countryside to more challenging descents from mountain slopes.
Options include the Crown Range, which rises through dramatic landscape to 1076 metres feet, the highest paved road in the country. It’s a top viewing post for Queenstown, Wanaka, Lake Hayes and Arrowtown.
Ideal terrain for mountain bikers is found on the recently finished Glendhu Bay Track, a glorious run along the shoreline of Lake Wanaka. Starting at the township, it meanders around the lake edge, under poplars, past the Rippon winery and Whare Kea Lodge itself, and finally down to the Glendhu Bay campground.
The Clutha River Track is a favourite because of its magnificent views, easy access and low fear factor. It’s 25 kilometres from Wanaka’s lakefront to the township of Luggate, following the lakeside and Clutha River all the way.
Whare Kea Lodge will organise equipment and offer suggestions on cycle trails, from a gentle one-kilometre ride to the Treble Cone Ski Resort turn-off, to a more demanding 180-kilometre ride around Lake Dunstan, the course used in the Challenge Wanaka triathlon. Most road-cycling routes start at the front door of the lodge, with mountainous routes accessible via helicopter.