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 South Island XCO Championships

Sunday 19th February

Scott's Farm, Hawea Flat

This is a traditional XCO multi lap course with technical rock sections. The course has been designed to simulate what can be expected on olympic style cross country courses overseas. This is a singletrack course that challenges your skills and rewards with a lot of fun. If you are a keen racer and would like to test yourself against some of the best riders in the country or try a traditional XCO race then this is the event for you.

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