This page contains general information on mountain biking tracks around Dunedin.
Mountain biking tracks around Dunedin
Most of these rides are best suited to mountain bikes with 21 speed gears or more. Some of the sealed and gravel road rides could be accomplished on touring bikes. They are designed to give you an interesting day out with a touring feel. All these routes have been tried and tested by the AOK Social Riders and members of Mountain Biking Otago Inc.
The rides are rated easy, average or hard. Each ride starts and ends at the same point, though larger rides can be broken into smaller circuits. Rides range in distance from 15 to 75 kilometres and often have big hills to ascend and descend.
Tracks available for mountain biking
- Chain Hills road track
- Government track
- Jubilee park
- Mt Allan - Pulpit Rock
- Otago Central Rail Trail
- Signal Hill reserve
- Swampy summit circuit
- Wakari Creek Trails (link to external website, new window)
- Whare Flat
Tracks not available for Mountain Biking
The following tracks are not available for mountain biking:
- Botanic Garden
- Mt Cargill
- Pineapple Track
- Ross Creek tracks
- Sportsfields - marked grounds and surrounds
- Town Belt - except marked tracks in Jubilee Park
- Woodhaugh reserves
Mountain biking code for considerate riding
There are some basic rules of behaviour that will ensure everyone, including wildlife and landowners, can enjoy these tracks:
Give way to other types of track users - regardless of circumstances. Please respect high use areas where conflict with other users is likely to occur.
For more detailed map information refer to the LINZ NZTopo50 topographical map series.
Pass with care - make your presence known well in advance if approaching from behind.
Maintain control of your speed at all times. Downhill riders give way to uphill riders
Stay on tracks designated for bicycles - do not take any short cuts. Use gates or stiles and leave gates as you find them.
Respect the environment. Keep off native vegetation and sensitive environments, especially sand dunes, alpine and wetland communities. Consider your impact on all surfaces - avoid skidding your tyres.
Do not disturb wildlife or stock. Give animals a chance to move out of your way.
Respect our cultural heritage. Keep off known places of cultural significance such as pa and urupa sites.
Observe the New Zealand Environmental Care Code - minimise your impact on the environment. Carry out what you carry in.
Let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Ride in groups, and take fluids and food.
Think safety - always wear a helmet and high visibility clothing. Don't hit the track without one.
Local mountain biking contacts in Dunedin
This information is intended as a general guide only. The changing nature of the physical environment means it may not always be completely accurate. Check local bike shops or with the following groups for up-to-date information.
- AOK Social Riders. Phone: 03 487 7402 (mornings)
- MTB Otago Inc (link to external website, new window). PO Box 5913, Dunedin
- Dunedin City Council - Recreation Planning Officer. Phone: 03 477 4000.
- Chain Hills Rd Map (PDF File, 1.4 MB | New window)
- Dunedin city cycling - route map (PDF File, 2.8 MB | New window)
- Fat Tyre Trails (PDF File, 1.1 MB | New window)
- Government Track map (PDF File, 831.6 KB | New window)
- Heyward Point map (PDF File, 1.3 MB | New window)
- Swampy Summit Map (PDF File, 875.1 KB | New window)
- Waitati Valley map (PDF File, 1.8 MB | New window)
- Wakari Creek Trails (PDF File, 399.4 KB | New window)
- Mountain Biking Otago website (Link to external website | New window)
- MoveMe website (Link to external website | New window)
- Outdoor Safety website (Link to external website | New window)
- Tracks Near me (Link to external website | New window)
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