Hire a mountain bike by the day and ride a section of Queen Charlotte Track, or for a few days and ride all of the Queen Charlotte Track if you are up for some serious adventuring. If you prefer an all-in-one mountain bike package, then our 1 day mountain bike packages are a great option. There are also local rides around Picton that you may enjoy for the day. 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 and what you would like to do, and we can advise accordingly.
Trip Departure Time: anytime
Trip Return Time: anytime
Duration: as required
Daily rental price
1 day – $60 per person
2 days – $110 per person
3 days – $150 per person
About our bikes
Our bikes are specially prepared for the terrain of the Picton and Queen Charlotte Track. They are regularly maintained by a trained bike mechanic and replaced regularly.
Size ranges include: small (15″), medium (17″), large (19″) & xtra large (21″) – allows for your height between 5’0 and 6’4″ (or 150 to 191cm)
Select the best size for your height and the time frame that you would like
Queen Charlotte Track
You can hire a bike for one or many days and organise your own water transport and accommodation, or select one of our packages where everything has been organised for you. Select our one, two or three day packages which include mountain bike hire, water transport and land passes for those wanting to ride the Queen Charlotte Track for a day or more.
Do we hire e-bikes?
No we don’t have any e-bikes. For more information about riding the QCT on e-bikes please go to our page about Queen Charlotte Track
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. This makes for relatively easy riding when the weather is dry but it can be slippery and difficult to ride in the rain. 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 panniers for the bikes?
No, because the water transport companies carry your packs as part of your water transfers, panniers are not required. Also the terrain is too rough for easy carriage of paniers on the bikes.