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

Whites Bay Loop Track

For a hard-core downhill single track route through native bush, it's hard to beat the beech forest mountain bike descent at Whites Bay near Blenheim; so good it was the first stage of the 2015 NZ Enduro champs.

The descent is the middle part of the Whites Bay Loop Track. Be prepared for a steep climb up, then hang on as you go down. It’s fast and furious, with lots of roots and rocks to spice things up.

To get there, park at Whites Bay and bike 2.5km north up Port Underwood Road. Just past the crest, turn left onto the Whites Bay Loop Track road, which turns into a track. Head up for about an hour until you get to a signposted fork, turn left towards Whites Bay, strap on your knee pads and have some fun.

The Loop Track ends back on Port Underwood Road south of Whites Bay. Turn left and bike back along the road to Whites Bay and finish off with a well-earned swim at the white sand beach.

When wet, much of this clay track is unrideable.

Grade

Intermediate - Advanced

Length

12km
(21km if you extend the ride to include the top of Mt Robertson)

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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