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 its 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 membership base of over 850 and an active committee.

Our priorities as a club are to:

  • Ensure Sticky Forest becomes a community asset
  • Build new tracks
  • Maintain the existing track network
  • Hold MTB events throughout each year
  • Access great discounts and deals for our members
  • Advocate for broader biking issues in Wanaka
  • Develop riders and coaches in the region
  • Build strong relationships with other organisations - DOC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.

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.

Trail videos

There have been some amazing videos shot on our triails - take a look on our Video Page

Latest video:

MTBNZ, Bike Wanaka, National XC Cardrona 2017

National Cross Country Mountain Biking race 2017. Took place up at Cardrona alpine resort. Event run and managed by MTBNZ and Bike Wanaka.

Oscar Hethrington

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: 

  • Help Sticky Forest become a community asset
  • Plan, negotiate and build new trails
  • Maintain the existing trail network
  • Promote and organise MTB events 
  • Advocate for the interests of all people on bikes

Member Terms and Conditions

  • Annual membership to 31 August 2020 available now
  • Family membership gives better value for you and your kids
  • Members are encouraged to take part in track maintenance 

If you'd like to make a donation, visit our donate page or below:

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 maintenance session?  What’s of interest to members.  Like us on Facebook.

Featured Event

The Dunlop Builder’s Bike Wanaka 10hr

Sunday 27th October 2019

Deans Bank, Albert Town, Otago

The Dunlop Builder’s Bike Wanaka 10hr is back for the 8th edition of what has become one of New Zealand’s most popular mountain bike events. The riding is awesome, the atmosphere is always superb and it’s a great chance to have a whole bunch of fun. The event raises funds for our local club, supporting and developing mountain biking in the Wanaka area.