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.

Nydia Track

*The Nydia Track has many large windfalls on it as a results of the recent storm. Users must allow plenty of additonal time. The track is not reccommended for MTBS. The road to the Kaiuma Bay end is currently closed. Users will either need to arrange a water taxi option or plan to return back to Duncan Bay along the track.*

Walk or bike through lush coastal and regenerating forest, climb two saddles with brilliant views, cross farmland and drop down to the edge of the sea.

The Nydia Bay Track is a fantastic single-track ride for experienced mountain bikers and walkers who like a challenge. The track consists of big climbs, fast downhills, rugged tree roots and brilliant views.

You can stay at the campsite in Nydia Bay, at the Department of Conservation lodge, at bed and breakfasts or at the eco lodge.

The track begins at Kaiuma Bay near Havelock and finishes at Tennyson Inlet, which you reach via the road to French Pass, off State Highway 6 just north of Rai Valley. Turn right onto Opouri Road and follow to the end. Charter launches and The Mail Boat run are available to take passengers from Havelock to Shag Point, Nydia Bay or Duncan Bay, or walk in the opposite direction to friends, swapping car keys in Nydia Bay.

Grade

Suitable for experienced riders

Length

27km. 5-8 hours one way

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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