If you’re into the rough stuff, you’ll find plenty of thrill-packed mountain bike parks within a hours’ drive of the city. Here’s our top five Auckland MTB parks:
Woodhill Mountain Bike Park
Located in west Auckland, 40mins from the CBD. Over 100km of purpose-built single track, loaded with more than 250 man-made features. Trails suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced riders. There is an on-site bike mechanic, shop and café. Great for families and open all year round. Day passes ($8 adult) and concession passes ($40, 6-days) available.
440 Mountain Bike Park
Fourforty Mountain Bike Park is a gravity fuelled mountain biking park, one hours’ drive from the city centre. With 440 meters of vertical (a monster by Auckland standards), it’s by far the top destination for gravity riding in the upper North Island. The trails cater for beginner to expert riders. Shuttle prices from $10 for one run, $60 for 10 runs.
Only 40 mins south of Auckland CBD, but a million miles away from city life. Plenty of single-track trails through native forest. Camping is also permitted within the park – make a weekend of it! Free to ride.
15kms of purpose-built MTB tracks near Manukau City, only 20mins from Auckland Airport. These are fantastic, all-season tracks that suit novice mountain bikers and cyclists looking for a decent aerobic workout. Free to ride.
The West Coast Riders Club (WCRC) oversees this mountain bike trail network through the Riverhead Forest, approx 30 mins from central Auckland. Since 2007, club members have created a huge number of new trails, suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels. Free to ride.
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