Renowned for its stunning scenery, and challenging terrain, this is a one day mountain biking experience like no other.
Take a water taxi to Punga Cove Resort, and bike up the hill to join the Queen Charlotte Track. Today’s ride is about lots of ups and downs! You will be riding along the ridgeline between the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. Stunning views all day, but the terrain is challenging. Lots of sharp corners, steep drop-offs and, of course, those hills. While the inclines aren’t long they are reasonably sharp, and likewise the decline can be steep. The ride is worth it, but riders definitely need to be experienced mountain bikers to enjoy it..
This section is most suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.
$167 per person
Includes: water transfers to and from the track, Mountain Bike hire, Queen Charlotte Track Land Co-op Pass.
Mountain Bike Rental includes:
- Quality, well-maintained Scott Scale 760 mountain bike with front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes
- Tool kit
- Water bottle carrier
- Track notes
Available all year round, just pick your date and let us arrange it for you.
We recommend that riders wear or bring:
- Soft shoes (heavy shoes or tramping boots are not allowed)
- Sun protection
- Warm, protective clothing
Mountain bike rental includes:
- Scott Scale 760, which have been maintained in-house by our Shimano-accredited bike mechanic. Bikes have front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and 27 gears.
- Tool Kit
- Water bottle carrier
SPD pedals are available upon request.
Is there water available on the track?
Drinking water is available at strategic places on the track. We recommend that you carry a pump bottle that holds approximately 750ml or more which can be topped up during the day.
What is the track surface like to ride?
The track has a clay base which means that in dry conditions it is hard and relatively easy riding, but when it has rained it is extremely slippery and difficult to ride. We will not rent bikes out if we believe the condition of the track will affect the quality of your ride. While some sections of the track are easy to ride, other sections have tree roots, bluffs and rocky areas that make riding more challenging.
Is the track open all year?
Yes, but the section from Ship Cove to Punga Cove is closed from 1 December to 28 February each year.
How much experience do you need to ride the Queen Charlotte Track?
The Queen Charlotte Track is regarded as a technical track so, to ride the whole track, you need to be a reasonably skilled rider. If you are less skilled or unsure of your abilities, there are easier options such as the section from Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa.
Do we have paniers for the bikes?
No, because the water transport companies carry your packs as part of your water transfers, paniers are not required. Also the terrain is too rough for easy carriage of paniers on the bikes.
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