Biking the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough
Mountain Biking in Marlborough, NZ
Biking the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough
Cycling through vineyards in Marlborough
  • Mountain Biking

    1 of NZ's Great Rides

  • Rides for everyone

    Grades 1 to 5

  • Cycling the vines

    30+ cellar doors

  • NZ Cycle Trails

    3 of the best

Guide

Biking

Mountain bike Marlborough’s epic high country trails and coastal ridges, road bike undulating routes at the edge of the sea, tour on long flat runs through vine-clad valleys or take the whole family biking along one of the region’s many rivers.

Marlborough boasts brilliant weather, stunning scenery and an abundance of acclaimed mountain and road trails, including a Great Ride and three Trails along the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Nga Haerenga.

This pedaller’s paradise has thrilling adventure, low key rides, and everything in-between.

  1. Recreational MTB rides
  2. Kanuka Trail
  3. Archer Track
  4. D'Urville Island
  5. Kiwi Brevet
  6. Maungatapu Track
  7. Molesworth Station
  8. Mt Patriarch & Lake Chalice
  9. Nydia Track
  10. Queen Charlotte Track
  11. Rainbow Station
  12. Victoria Domain Mountain Bike Park
  13. Waikakaho Track/Cullens Creek Walkway
  14. Wakamarina Track
  15. Whites Bay Loop Track
  16. Wither Hills Mountain Bike Park
  17. Queen Charlotte Drive
  18. Kaituna Track
  19. Conders Bend
  20. Queen Charlotte Track: Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay
  21. Rarangi Pump Track
  22. Taylor River
  23. Wither Hills Mountain Bike Park
  24. Two Passes Loop
  25. Awatere Valley tour
  26. Port Underwood Loop
  27. Linkwater Loop
Mondo Kopua

Mondo Kopua Biking enthusiast

“The thing I love about Marlborough, which you see when you cycle it, is the diversity of the landscape. We’ve got high country like up the Awatere Valley, then the Richmond Range, the Marlborough Sounds and all the rivers. Personally I’m an open country, high country farm sort of person. I love getting up in the hills.”

My insider guide to Marlborough

Molesworth Station

Journey through New Zealand’s largest high country farm, with glacial geology and a rich history of Māori explorers, hardy settlers and modern farming.

Start in Blenheim and take the Taylor Pass Road to the Awatere Valley, and on to the 180,787ha Molesworth Station, cycling 207 km to reach Hanmer Springs.

Alternatively, drive to the historic Molesworth Cobb Cottage to camp overnight, before a 59km ride to the DOC camp at Acheron. It’s another 25km to Hanmer Springs for cold beers and body soothing hot pools.

NOTICE: Please be aware that the Molesworth Acheron Road will be open from Saturday 21 October but the Clarence Bridge is washed out. You are still able to get from Cobb Cottage to Acheron Cottage but no further on that road so there is no through road to Hanmer. The road will close again on Sunday 8th April 2018.

 

Grade

Intermediate to Advanced. Advanced Riders for the full ride from Blenheim, or intermediate from the Cobb Cottage. Note that the 59km through the station must be completed in one day – there is no camping allowed along the Acheron Road within Molesworth Station.

Length

2-5 days

Open

Generally open to public access from Labour weekend to Easter Monday or the second Sunday in April, whichever is the later date, subject to weather condition and fire danger. Check with Department of Conservation for this year’s dates. 03 572 9100

Price

Camp fees are $6 per night per adult (age 18+), $3 per night per child (age 5-17).

Shared Pathway Etiquette

1. Keep left.
2. Cyclists should let pedestrians know when they are approaching by politely calling out or ringing a bell when approaching from behind.
3. Cyclists should pass on the right, when possible – unless the pedestrians are on the right in which case pass them in the safest way possible.
4. Cyclists should ride defensively and cycle at a speed that does not put others at risk.

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