bike wanaka

Lake wanaka’s mountain bike club

Bike Wanaka

Mountain Bike Club

Lake Wanaka’s situation in the Southern Lakes of New Zealand gives it an unfair advantage.  Soaring mountains yet trails that are well drained and rarely wet.  A thriving mountain town, but with wilderness on it’s doorstep.  

Mountain Biking families, enthusiasts or even professionals – we have them all and we’ve got trails to keep you happy!

Bike Wanaka Inc has been in existence since the early 90’s developing and growing Mountain Biking (MTB) in the Upper Clutha region. We have a small membership base but a active committee.

As a club, we strive to:

  • Represent the MTB voice at local council level
  • Hold forum discussing MTB issues and opportunities
  • Act as custodians of the existing track network
  • Source funding and complete track building projects
  • Program track maintenance and allocate resources
  • Be recognised and trusted by the general public and land owners
  • Build strong relationships with other organisations- DOC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Upper Clutha tracks trust.
  • Grow the local MTB event calendar
Bike Wanaka mtb riders

Our Trails 

Something for everyone

Our MTB trails range from beginner Cross Country (XC) to expert Downhill (DH).  We have trails suitable for first time families all the way through to world class competition. 

Are you new to mountain biking?  Hire a bike from the operators in town and cruise around the spectacular shoreline to Beacon Point.   

Hire Operators:

Trail maps

Take a look at our trails on the trail map page

Cross Country trails start from town and head into Sticky Forest or on to Deans Bank.  Every trial is hand crafted XC perfection.  Many are ridable all year round as they don't suffer NZ’s worst enemy – mud!  Check out the trail maps to plan your MTB mission.

Gravity riders (Downhill or Dirt Jump)  can also be entertained by the Lismore St Jump Park in town.  The numerous flow trails in Sticky Forest or in summer months, the fantastic Cardrona Bike Park where world class DH runs are served by a chairlift.

Video previews

Flow Mountain Bike
Australian Mountain bike magazine Flow Mountain Bikes visited Wanaka.  They sampled many of the local trails and marvelled at the vistas.  Check out the video for more
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Lake Wanaka Tourism & Justin Leov
New Zealander, Justin Leov is one of the world’s top MTB Enduro riders.  On a beautiful summer’s day he came to ride the local XC loop at Deans Bank.  This trail is a flowing and bermed beauty. 
Here, Justin shows you how it can be ridden!

Deans Bank 10 Hour Enduro
Wanaka local Oscar Hetherington, from Mount Aspiring College, put together this great clip from the 2016 Bike Wanaka Deans Bank 10hr.

One Lap, Wilfred Spearing
Another Oscar Hetherington clip - this time from Wanaka's legendary Sticky Forest.  See the trails page to learn more....

Join The Club

Help keep the trails sweet  

Bike Wanaka Inc was formed to represent the mountain bikers of the Wanaka and Upper Clutha area.  We work hard to ensure that the trail network is world class.  For a small membership fee, you can join us and help us all keep on mountain biking.  

What does your membership help us do?
Your fee together with funds raised from grants, events and sponsorship allows us to: 

  • Maintain the existing trail network
  • Plan, negotiate and build new trails
  • Run high school kids program to develop MTB competitors 
  • Promote and organise MTB events 
  • Advocate for mountain biker’s interests

Member Terms and Conditions

  • Membership runs for 1 year from September 1 
  • Family membership gives better value for you and your kids
  • Members are encouraged to take part in track maintenance 
Bike Wanaka Club Riders

Club Happenings

What’s going on?


Rides tracked

Who’s ridden what in the last few days - where’s the best trail right now.  Join our Strava club to find out


Club activity

What’s going on this week in the Club?  Where’s the next trail mainainence session?  What’s of interest to members.  Like us on Facebook.

Next Event

Bike Wanaka Summer Series 2017 - Race 1

22 January 2017, Sunday

Dean's Bank

This is a fun series for club members and visitors alike. The series consists of 4 events and points will be awarded for each event. The emphasis is on fun and the events will be suitable for anyone who is comfortable riding singletrack trails. If you want to blast go for it, if you just fancy an excuse to ride your bike with fellow cyclists just as good. Courses will be up to 1 hour long. For those over 18, B.effect Brewing has offered to help us out with some locally brewed beers to enjoy after the ride. Registration 8.30-9.30am, briefing 9.45am and start 10am. Points will be awarded for the series on a couple of different criteria, these will be revealed at briefing.

Event facebook page