You can hire a bike for an hour to ride local roads and tracks; a day to ride a section of the Queen Charlotte Track or many days. Selecting the best option for your riding ability is a key part of a successful mountain bike experience. Our safety briefing process, as part of your booking, will help to ensure that you have selected the best riding option. Please contact us any time to talk through the timeframe you would like to ride, what you would like to do and we can advise accordingly.
About our bikes
Our bikes are specially prepared for the terrain of the Queen Charlotte Track. They are maintained daily by a Shimano-accredited bike mechanic and replaced on a six monthly basis.
- Scott Scale 760
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- 27 gears
- Water holder
Size range from 15″ to 21″ – allows for your height between 5’0 and 6’4″ (or 150 to 191cm)
1 Day – $60 per person
2 Day – $110 per person
3 Days – $150 per person
Bikes available for hourly rental @ $15 per hour
Mountain Bike Rental includes:
- Quality, well-maintained Scott Scale 60 mountain bike with front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and 27 gears
- Tool kit
- Water bottle carrier
SPD pedals are available upon request.
Available all year round, please contact us ahead of your departure date to confirm availability.
We recommend that riders wear or bring:
- Soft shoes (heavy shoes or tramping boots are not appropriate)
- Sun protection
- Warm, protective clothing
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 Waterfall to Anakiwa. We often have people that are “bike fit” but have not actually mountain biked on a single track before. We would regard someone with this level of experience as a beginner. If you have ridden single track often, then we would regard you as an experienced rider.
How many days does it take to ride the track?
For experienced riders we recommend two days – Ship Cove to Portage on Day One, and then Portage to Anakiwa on Day Two. For less experienced riders we recommend three days – Ship Cove to Punga Cove (Day One), Punga Cove to Portage (Day Two), and Portage to Anakiwa (Day Three).
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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If you are ready to book a trip, then please click the “Book Now” button above which will take you to our check availability page and book now page.
Sometimes it is easier to just pick up the phone and get the answer you need, in which case, please give us a call on (+64) 03 573 6078, NZ Freephone 0800 283 283, or Australia Freephone on 1800 007 083 anytime. We are usually contactable by phone from 8.00am to 10.00pm (NZ time) each day.