Top 5 trails for mountain biking
With so many to choose from, it’s tough to name a top five! These are trails made with mountain bikers in mind. No matter your level or grade – from beginner, to confident, to fully-pro, you’ll find plenty here to keep you happy. Wellington is a mountain bikers’ paradise – there’s trails located close to the central city for a quick pre- or post-work ride, or drive 15-30 minutes to reach dedicated parks on the edge of the city.
3. Waiū Mountain Bike Park
Whether you’re new to mountain biking or on the hunt for a gut-busting uphill or technical downhill route, you’ll find your perfect expertly-crafted trail at Waiū Mountain Bike Park. With a growing network of over 18 trails for riders, you’ll have a ball exploring the wilderness of Wainuiomata, weaving through native bush and wetlands, crossing streams and taking in 360-degree views over the Hutt Valley and one of the best views of Wellington city.
5. Polhill Reserve - Brooklyn Turbine - Te Kopahau Reserve
You’ll find plenty of trails to choose from at Polhill Reserve, from full-day rides to shorter stints. Riding along 4WD roads and narrow winding single tracks, you’ll cover varied terrain and landscapes in a short space of time. Climb to the top of the Brooklyn Wind Turbine and then choose your challenge: fly back down to Aro Valley, or for an adventure, descend on down to Red Rocks on the rugged South Coast, via Te Kopahau Reserve, to check out the views of the South Island and perhaps say ‘kia ora’ to the local seal colonies.