Mountain biking in New Zealand North Island

The North Island of New Zealand has a more focused list of mountain biking tracks.

Region Track Length Track Name & Link Track Location
Auckland 13 km Forest Road (Port FitzRoy – Whangaparapara) Great Barrier Island/Aotea
Bay of Plenty 2.5 km Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, Karangahake Gorge
Bay of Plenty 19.1 km Western Okataina Walkway Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve
Bay of Plenty 2.5 km Rainbow Mountain-Summit Track Rainbow Mountain, Waiotapu and Te Kopia Scenic Reserves
Bay of Plenty 5 km Tuhoto Ariki Trail Whakarewarewa State Forest Park
Central North Island 5 km Tree Trunk Gorge tracks Kaimanawa Forest Park
Central North Island 3.9 km Kiko Loop Track Kaimanawa Forest Park
Central North Island 4 km Five Mile Bay and Awaroa Tracks Taupo area
Central North Island 13 km Waihaha and Waihora tracks Taupo area
Central North Island 620 Aratiatia Rapids tracks Taupo area
Central North Island 6 k Rotary Ride and Waikato River Track Taupo area
Central North Island 14 km Whakaipo Bay tracks Taupo area
Central North Island 9 km Kawakawa Bay tracks Taupo area
Central North Island 15 km Ohakune Old Coach Road Tongariro National Park
Central North Island 15 km Tongariro River Trail Turangi area
Coromandel 10 km Coromandel Walkway and mountain bike track Northern Coromandel
East Coast 20 km Tirohanga Dunes Trail Opotiki area
East Coast 20.7 km Pakihi Track Opotiki area
East Coast Te Waiti Hut Walk Opotiki area, Urutawa Conservation Area
Hawke’s Bay Yeoman’s Track Ruahine Forest Park
Manawatu/Whanganui 35.5 Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka Track Whanganui National Park
Northland 11 km Pirau Ridge Track Puketi and Omahuta Forests
Northland 6 km Pandora Track Te Paki Recreation Reserve
Taranaki 18 km Moki Track Moki and Makino Conservation Areas
Taranaki Rerekapa Track Moki and Makino Conservation Areas
Waikato 1.5 km Hakarimata Rail Trail Hakarimata Scenic Reserve
Waikato Kakepuku Track Kakepuku Mountain Historic Reserve
Waikato 7 km Kaniwhaniwha: Nikau Walk and Kaniwhaniwha Caves Pirongia Forest Park
Waikato Pureora Forest Park tramping tracks Pureora Forest Park
Wairarapa 18 km Rimutaka Rail Trail

(Kaitoke to Cross Creek)

Rimutaka Forest Park
Wellington/Kapiti 17 km Burtton’s Track Tararua Forest Park
Wellington/Kapiti Whareroa Farm tracks Whareroa Farm

Mountain biking in New Zealand South Island

The multitude of mountain biking options on the South Island of New Zealand can be overwhelming…

Region Track Length Track Name & Link Track Location
Canterbury 14.5 km Ahuriri Valley Track Ahuriri Conservation Park
Canterbury Taylors Mistake – Awaroa/Godley Head Walk Awaroa/Godley Head
Canterbury 5.8 km Gebbies Pass to Packhorse Hut Banks Peninsula area
Canterbury 35 km Te Ara Pātaka/Summit Walkway Banks Peninsula area
Canterbury 14.3 km Rod Donald Hut to Hilltop Hotel Banks Peninsula area
Canterbury 20 km Christchurch – Little River Railtrail Banks Peninsula area, Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) area
Canterbury 9.2 to 23 km Potts River tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
Canterbury 1.5 km Mount Sunday Track Hakatere Conservation Park
Canterbury 9 km Lake Emma to Lake Camp Track Hakatere Conservation Park
Canterbury up to 15 km Lake Emily tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
Canterbury Lake Clearwater tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
Canterbury Studholme Bush Scenic Reserve tracks Hunters Hills area
Canterbury 35 km Melina Ridge Track Hāwea Conservation Park, Lindis Conservation Area
Canterbury 4 km Lake Benmore area tracks Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore area
Canterbury 3 km Tasman River tracks Lake Pukaki area
Canterbury 10 km Braemar Road to Landslip Creek Lake Pukaki area
Canterbury 9 km Baikie Hut Track Lake Pukaki area, Ruataniwha Conservation Park
Canterbury 13 km Richmond Trail Lake Tekapo area
Canterbury Lake Tekapo town tracks Lake Tekapo area
Canterbury 10 km Dromedary Hill Track Lindis Conservation Area
Canterbury 32 km Pavilion Peak Track Lindis Conservation Area
Canterbury Mt Richardson tracks Mount Thomas Forest Conservation Area
Canterbury 3 km Wairepo Kettleholes Track Omarama area, Wairepo Kettleholes Conservation Area
Canterbury 7 km Ewe Range Track Oteake Conservation Park
Canterbury 11 km Manuherikia River Tracks Oteake Conservation Park
Canterbury Wharfedale Hut tracks Oxford Forest Conservation Area
Canterbury 21 km Hopkins valley tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
Canterbury 1 km Twizel area tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
Canterbury 4 km Lake Ohau area tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
Canterbury 16.5 km Stanley River Route St James Conservation Area
Canterbury 15 km Homestead Run St James Conservation Area
Canterbury 16 km Fowlers Pass Track St James Conservation Area
Canterbury 18 km Macaulay Hut Track Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
Canterbury 25 to 32 km Godley valley tracks Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
Canterbury Tenehaun Conservation Area tramping tracks Tenehaun Conservation Area
Canterbury 6 km Twizel Town tracks Twizel area
Marlborough Mt Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Range Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Clarence
Marlborough 55 km Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia/Clarence walks Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Clarence
Marlborough Wakamarina Track Mount Richmond Forest Park
Marlborough Waikakaho/Cullen Creek Walkway Mount Richmond Forest Park
Marlborough 14 km Mt Patriarch Route Mount Richmond Forest Park
Marlborough Okiwi Bay – Half Moon Bay Track Okiwi Bay – Half Moon Bay area
Marlborough Pacific Lookout Track Okiwi Bay – Half Moon Bay area
Marlborough Patutu Route Okiwi Bay – Half Moon Bay area
Marlborough 9 km Archer Track Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere and Kenepuru Sound area
Marlborough 27 km Nydia Track, Marlborough Sounds Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere and Kenepuru Sound area
Marlborough 3 km Opouri Bridle Track Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere and Kenepuru Sound area
Marlborough 71 km Queen Charlotte Track Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui area
Nelson/Tasman Gibbs Hill Track Abel Tasman National Park
Nelson/Tasman Aorere Goldfields Track Aorere Goldfields Conservation Area
Nelson/Tasman Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park tracks Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park
Nelson/Tasman 78 km Heaphy Track Kahurangi National Park
Nelson/Tasman Knuckle Hill Track Kahurangi National Park
Otago 10 km Lake Roxburgh Walkway Alexandra area
Otago Otago Central Rail Trail Alexandra area, Clyde – Middlemarch area
Otago 11 km Gibbston River Trail Arrowtown area
Otago Lake Hayes Walkway Arrowtown area
Otago 7 km Bannockburn walks Bannockburn area
Otago 15 km Cloudy Peak Track Dry Creek and Neinei i kura Conservation Areas
Otago 17 km Dry Creek Track Dry Creek and Neinei i kura Conservation Areas
Otago 6.5 km Tomahawk Lagoon/41-Peg Track Dunedin area, Otago Peninsula area
Otago 5 km Buskin, Highcliff and Paradise Road tracks Dunedin area, Otago Peninsula area
Otago 17 km Government Track Dunedin area, Waihola – Taieri Mouth area
Otago 11 km Dingle Burn Peninsula Track Hāwea Conservation Park
Otago Lake Hāwea Track Hāwea Conservation Park
Otago 18 km Grandview Mountain Track Lake Hāwea township area
Otago Cluden and Lauder Basin Conservation Area tracks Lauder Basin Conservation Area
Otago Lindis Valley tracks Lindis Valley area
Otago Isthmus Peak Track Matatiaho Conservation Area
Otago Oteake Conservation Park tramping tracks Oteake Conservation Park
Otago Little Criffel Track Pisa Conservation Area
Otago Rock Peak Track Pisa Conservation Area
Otago Pisa Conservation Area tramping tracks Pisa Conservation Area
Otago Lake Dispute to Moke Lake Track Queenstown area
Otago Lake Dispute Track Queenstown area
Otago Seven Mile Track/Wilson Bay Track Queenstown area
Otago Bob’s Cove Track & Nature Walk Queenstown area
Otago Twelve Mile Delta to Bob’s Cove Track Queenstown area
Otago Devils Creek Track Queenstown area
Otago Arawata Bridle Track Queenstown area
Otago Jack’s Point Track Queenstown area
Otago Moke Lake Loop Track Queenstown area
Otago Glenroy Water Race Track Remarkables Conservation Area
Otago Wentworth Track Remarkables Conservation Area
Otago Mt Rosa Track Remarkables Conservation Area
Otago Nevis Valley tracks Remarkables Conservation Area
Otago Atleys Track Skippers area
Otago 38.5 km Grandview Ridge Track Wanaka area
Otago 11.5 km Deans Bank Track Wanaka area
Otago 2.5km Butterfields Wetland Walk Wanaka area
Otago 12 km Newcastle Track Wanaka area
Otago 21.5 km Upper Clutha River Track Wanaka area
Otago Minaret Burn Track Wanaka area
Otago Mt Judah / Heather Jock Tracks Whakaari Conservation Area
Otago 18 km Mt McIntosh Loop Track Whakaari Conservation Area
Southland Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka routes Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park
Southland 50 km Mavora – Greenstone Walkway Mavora Lakes Conservation Park
West Coast 9.5 km Charming Creek Walkway Charming Creek area
West Coast 8.4 km Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway Fox Glacier area, Westland Tai Poutini National Park
West Coast 8.7 km Te Ara a Waiau Walkway/Cycleway Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere, Westland Tai Poutini National Park
West Coast 5.5km Point Elizabeth Walkway Greymouth area
West Coast Kaniere Water Race Walkway Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve
West Coast Lake Kaniere Walkway Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve
West Coast 85 km The Old Ghost Road Lyell area, Mokihinui River area
West Coast Mananui Tramline (Mahinapua Walkway) Mahinapua Scenic Reserve
West Coast 55 km Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track Paparoa National Park
West Coast Ross Historic Goldfields walks Ross area
West Coast 6.5 km Moonlight Pack Track Southern Paparoa Range
West Coast 18 km Croesus Track Southern Paparoa Range
West Coast Big River tracks Victoria Forest Park

Horseback Riding in New Zealand: List of Tracks

Few places in the world are more appropriate for horse trekking than New Zealand, with its rugged, beautiful wilderness. Whether you choose to horseback ride along the coast and on the beach (ie Pakiri Beach near Auckland) or seek snow capped peaks (ie Queenstown/Wanaka) – you will great options on both the North and South island.  If you are not traveling with your horse, you may need to join a tour, many of which are available throughout the country. Typically the price will range from 80-150 NZD for a 1.5 hour to half day trip. What follows is a complete list of Department of Conversation (DoC) tracks suitable for horseback riding.

Region Track Length Track Name & Link Track Location
North Island
Coromandel
Maratoto: Wires Track Coromandel Forest Park
North Island
Wellington/Kapiti
Whareroa Farm tracks Whareroa Farm
South Island
Canterbury
9.2 to 21 km Potts River tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
14.5 km Ahuriri Valley Track Ahuriri Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
30 km Snowy Gorge Creek – Maitland Stream Ahuriri Conservation Park, Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
11 – 20 km Manuherikia River Tracks Oteake Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
3 – 10 km Tasman River tracks Lake Pukaki area
South Island
Canterbury
6 or 12 km Twizel Town tracks Twizel area
South Island
Canterbury
up to 23 km Twizel area tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
Temple valley tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
4 – 16 km Lake Ohau area tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
16.5 km Stanley River Route St James Conservation Area
South Island
Canterbury
18 km Macaulay Hut Track Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
10 km Dromedary Hill Track Lindis Conservation Area
South Island
Canterbury
7 km Ewe Range Track Oteake Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
16 km Fowlers Pass Track St James Conservation Area
South Island
Canterbury
6 km Hideaway Hut Route Ahuriri Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
21 – 35 km Hopkins valley tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
4.5 km to 43 km Lake Emily tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
9 km Baikie Hut Track Lake Pukaki area, Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
up to 10 km Lake Heron tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
South Island
Otago
Cluden and Lauder Basin Conservation Area tracks Lauder Basin Conservation Area
South Island
Otago
Oteake Conservation Park tramping tracks Oteake Conservation Park
South Island
Otago
Minaret Burn Track Wanaka area
South Island
Otago
Otago Central Rail Trail Alexandra area, Clyde – Middlemarch area
South Island
Otago
Mt Judah / Heather Jock Tracks Whakaari Conservation Area
South Island
Otago
Nevis Valley tracks Remarkables Conservation Area
South Island
Southland
Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka routes Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park
South Island
West Coast
40 km Kirwans Track and Waitahu Valley Victoria Forest Park
South Island
West Coast
Big River tracks Victoria Forest Park