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Mountain biking in Wellington

Wellington is made for mountain bikers. The hilly, bush-clad landscape makes for exhilarating riding, and with 350km of mountain biking trails across the Wellington region, adventure is never far away.

With Wellington's compact nature, within minutes of the city you could be cycling on one of our many thrilling tracks.

When you’re not zooming around the hills, make sure you experience Wellington’s world-class culinary scene or get your culture fix at one of the city’s many museums or galleries. 

Wellington mountain bike parks and locations

Makara Peak Mountain Biking Park

Distance: 1-30km
Difficulty: Easy to advanced

This award-winning purpose-built playground for mountain bikers features several trails including one way and loop tracks, from technically challenging to just good fun.

Makara Peak is one of New Zealand's premier mountain bike parks, and among some of the best single track mountain biking in the world.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Wellington, and set within 230 hectares of regenerated native bush with unrivalled views, Makara Peak is a must visit for everyone from beginners to experts.

Polhill Reserve

Distance: 12km of tracks
Difficulty:  Intermediate

Just minutes from the CBD, this popular reserve in Aro Valley is a great spot for a ride.  Head up 'Transient', a two-way track with a pleasant gradient, before continuing on to reach the wind turbine, where you'll get incredible city views.

In colourful Aro Valley you will also find scrumptious bakeries, strong coffee and a craft beer cellar door – perfect for refuelling after an exhilarating bike ride.

Mount Victoria

Distance: 40km of tracks
Difficulty: Easy to intermediate

Just five minutes from the central city, Mount Victoria is great place to ride. With a range of rides from easy to intermediate, plus a skills area, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Keep an eye out for the colourful Victorian houses that line the hillside, and make sure you head to the Mount Victoria lookout for some spectacular 360 degree views of Wellington.

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

Distance: 2-10km
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced

Site of one of the last battles between Maori and early colonial forces in the region, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park showcases an interesting cross-section of local heritage and environmental restoration.

A haven for walking, horse riding, mountain biking, picnicking and camping, Battle Hill is also a traditional New Zealand sheep and cattle farm.

Want to know more about Wellington's best mountain biking trails? See the Top 10 MTB trails in Wellington as recommended by local experts. 

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Hutt Valley

Just a short journey from Wellington City, the Hutt Valley offers plenty of exciting mountain bike tracks. 

Off trail, explore the boutique shopping and coffee roasteries in Petone, and the beachside cafes and art galleries in Days Bay.

Waiu Park

Distance: 16km of tracks
Difficulty: Easy to advanced

Built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, new tracks are always being added to the Wainuiomata Trail Project.

More than 16km of high quality tracks, surrounded by a regenerating native environment and a significant wetland area, can be explored by all kinds of riders. The park includes a learn-to-ride track with skill stations, and other loops of increasing difficulty test riders of all abilities.

A downhill only track can be accessed off the top of the Wainuiomata Hill Road and cross-country missions can also be launched from this location.

Belmont Regional Park

Distance: 9-22km
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced

With its wide open spaces and challenging forest tracks, Belmont Regional Park draws mountain bikers from all over the region and beyond. The park offers historic trails, hill-country farmland and tricky forest tracks, whilst offering great views over the Lower Hutt valley, down to Wellington Harbour.

A variety of terrain and scenery suits all abilities and levels of fitness. All tracks in the parks and forests are accessible to everyone.

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Outside of Wellington

Wellington's neighbouring regions, Wairarapa to the north and Marlborough to the south, also offer epic mountain biking experiences in unique settings. 

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