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

  • Gentle touring

    37 winery 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.

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.

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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