The section of Queen Charlotte Track, between Mistletoe Bay and Anakiwa, is regarded as “one of NZ’s best single track rides”. This section is ideal for the first time mountain biker, or those with little single track experience, as the terrain is relatively level, compared to the rest of the track.
Take a water taxi ride from Picton to Mistletoe Bay and start with a steady ride to the top of the hill to join the Queen Charlotte Track. The track sidles around the eastern side of Onahau Bay and the views are stunning as you look back along Queen Charlotte Sound. The track then follows the Grove Arm foreshore through stunning native beech forest on a gradual decline for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Skill Indicator: Novice upwards
Actual biking time: 2 hours
Boat departs Picton: 11.30am
Boat returns Picton: 4.30pm
If you are a party of mixed-ability riders i.e. some experienced and some not, then you may like to take the option from Torea Bay and the experienced riders can ride the track, the less experienced riders can ride the road, and all meet at the Waterfall Bay turn off to ride the final section together.
$152 per person –
Includes: water transfers to and from the track, mountain bike hire and QCTLC pass.
Mountain Bike Rental includes:
- Quality, well-maintained Scott Scale 760 mountain bike with front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and 27 gears
- Tool kit
- Water bottle carrier
Available October to April, just pick your date and let us arrange it for you. Over the winter months (May to September) this ride starts from Torea Bay.
We recommend that riders wear or bring:
- Soft shoes (heavy shoes or tramping boots are not appropriate)
- Sun protection
- Warm, protective clothing
Mountain bike rental includes:
- Scott Scale 60, which have been maintained in-house by our Shimano-accredited bike mechanic. Bikes have front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes.
- 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, this section from Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa may be an appropriate choice.
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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