Riding across a swing bridge in Wanaka
Riding over a swing bridge in Wanaka

Wanaka Trails

The Wanaka region offers bike trails for all levels, from total beginners to experts. There are also scenic road rides around the region with astonishing views. Along with kilometres of uninterrupted single track and fantastic high-country riding in the mountains. Whether you’re a single rider wanting to discover the tracks around Wanaka or a group wanting adventure, there is a Wanaka bike trail for you!

Luxury Adventures work with local guides who can show you the tracks. Ranging from a couple of hours to overnight biking adventures. There are tours suited to all ages, and levels of experience.

Wanaka Bike Guides

Unlike Tony, Luxury Adventures founder who is more of an accomplished mountain biker, I do not profess to be a cyclist. Infact my idea of cycling consists of relaxing, cruisy rides with pretty scenery. So when I was offered a cycling trip with Scott from Wanaka Bike Guide on a recent trip to Wanaka I was a little nervous. Especially since it was the day after we ran the Queenstown Marathon!

Wanaka bike rides
Guided Bike rides, Wanaka

I chatted with Scott and he put my mind at rest. He would take us on a nice easy track with great views. Afterwards we could go on from there if we wanted to add more. Scott picked us up from our accommodation at Aoturoa Lodge. Then we drove out to Hawea, 15 minutes drive from Wanaka. Scott provided the bikes, helmets and water bottles, he made sure the bikes were set for our height. After a quick safety chat off we went!

River Trails

The track we followed was a well defined Wanaka River Trail. A relatively easy 10km trail following the river with great mountain, river and lake views and swing bridges crossings. There were some hills but nothing too strenuous and we had plenty of time. Scott stopped occasionally to point out places of interest. Also talking about the history of the area, and to check we were happy and comfortable.

Enjoying a Wanaka Bike Trail  around the lake
Wanaka River Trails

The trail ended at Albert Town after crossing a swing bridge where Scott had flasks of hot drinks and muffins for us to enjoy. There was the option to continue on another trail however time did not permit. We both really enjoyed our morning and the trail was a great insight to what is available in Wanaka. There are also trails for families with children. Perhaps add in a picnic and spend the day. Additional options are on offer for the more experienced and adventurous mountain biker. If you would like to include a bike tour in your Luxury Adventures vacation please ask our team.

I would like to thank Scott West of Wanaka Bike Guides for a wonderful morning bike riding in some amazing countryside!

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Kay Campbell

Originally from the UK, I now call New Zealand my home, relocating 15 years ago with my husband and two children. I have been with Luxury Adventures for 15 years. When not planning perfect vacations and honeymoons for our clients, I enjoy running and recently completed the Queenstown marathon, along with reading, walking in the bush and on the beach with my two dogs and finding new favourite places in New Zealand.

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