New Zealand’s South Island is a place that’s synonymous with adventure, mountains, and all the good stuff that goes with them. And the star of the show is Queenstown, possibly the greatest mountain biking town we’ve ever visited in all our travels.
This place is almost too easy to fall in love with; the setting is breathtaking, the town has a buzzing, outdoorsy vibe, it’s big enough to have all the facilities, small enough to get around without a car… And it has an absolute tonne of world class mountain biking right on its doorstep.
We spent four days getting just a sniff of what this place has to offer. It’d be overstating things to claim we even scratched the surface of all the riding, but we did get enough of taste to make us wonder why the hell we, and other Australian mountain bikers, aren’t making this trip an annual journey.
A gondola-lifted bike park, heli-biking galore, superb shuttled riding, endless backcountry epics, the best dirt jumps going, and it’s all just three hours flight from the east coast. So enjoy the vid, soak up the images, and begin making some plans to get your family, your mates, your crew across to Queenstown.
Keen to do this trip yourself? We recommend:
Air New Zealand for direct flights and staff who’ll look after your bike like they own it.
Skyline MTB Park for some kick-arse trails.
Vertigo Bikes for quality bike hire and excellent guiding.
Fat Tyre Adventures for a variety of incredible heli-biking trips.
Queenstown Bike Taxis for all your shuttle services.
Pinewood Lodge for the great bike-friendly rooms, right next to the Skyline gondola.
Edgewater Resort for the great rooms in Wanaka.