Breathtaking Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps, Clutha River, Mount Aspiring National Park… Wanaka has incredible scenery year-round! Awesome ski fields nearby include Treble Cone and Cardrona, which transforms in to an epic downhill MTB park in summer with lift and shuttle access.
Wanaka Dirt Features
Wanaka Base camp by Dave Mitchell
High Road to Nevis Valley by Rick Woodward
Dean's Bank is a purpose built track suitable for nearly all abilities, beginners will have to push some parts.
It was built through a collaboration of the Wanaka Trails Trust and DOC. Some beginners might find the climbs, and some of the downs, a little hard but it is a great stepping stone to build skills and confidence on. Generally most people that ride here come away impressed at the fun factor that this track provides. It has uphill switch backs, swooping downhills, berms and jumps all packed into a neat little package that takes about 35-45mins to finish. To find the Deans Bank Track head out of town on the West Coast/Hawea road, just after the Albert Town bridge which crosses the Clutha River, turn left into the council camp ground and make your way into the far northern corner, the track starts and finishes here.
Crown Range to Tuohys Gully (One Dayer)
A 22km intermediate ride, great for those short on time seeking a high country experience. Make your way to the south corner of the Crown Range summit car park. Follow the DOC track behind the signposted gate till you reach the first summit. Get ready for some stiff climbs and false summits as the track turns NE. Fast and flowing downhill awaits in Tuohys Gully. Please respect the property, leave gates as you find them and try not to disturb the stock. The track will lead you to the Cardrona Pub on the valley road below. Maps available from DOC.
The plantation above Wanaka provides some seriously fun riding 15 minutes from town. The tracks span from the Northern corner of Peninsula Bay all the way down the Clutha River to Albert Town. The riding is very smooth and flowing with berms and jumps plus some technical exposure if that’s your game. The climbs and descents are short but you’ll soon hit the red line when doing multiple loops in the forest.