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

Kanuka Trail

A new addition to the many mountain bike trails on Picton's Victoria Domain, is the Kanuka Trail.

Starting from the Snout Track carpark, this Grade 2 (intermediate) two-way trail takes mountain bikers on 3.5km journey to the snout peninsula. Along the way, expect to see some brilliant views over Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound so close to the water that you can wave to the passengers on the ferries cruising on past. About 200 meters before you reach the peninsula, the trail joins up with the walking track for the rest of the way (watch out for walkers on this section). 

Getting to the trail:

The trail starts at the Northern end of the Westside mountain bike trail. To access the Kanuka Trail, you can drive to the snout track carpark via Sussex St in Picton (the last carpark before driving back down the hill) or you can set off on your ride from Picton via the Marina to Reservoir Track, then onto the Ridgeline Track (or via the road).

Once at the snout carpark, you can then choose to take the Snout Track walking/biking section, or the Westside Bike Track (running parallel). After about 700 meters you can then veer onto the Kanuka Trail.

Caution:

The track can be narrow in places, including some steep drop offs along the way.

Quick Facts

Grade: Grade 2 (intermediate)
Length: 3.5km each way
Direction: two-way
Fitness: Moderate
Usage: Biking Only
Trail type: Singletrack

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