On one of Dunedin's sunny days, why not hop on your mountain
bike and enjoy some world class cycling tracks on the Otago
Penisula. In their ‘Best in travel 2010' guide, Lonely
Planet named the Penisula the top cycling destination in the
world, ranking number one over routes in Canada, Italy,
Australia, France and the United States. There are several
routes that can be taken on a journey, that promises to be
not only exhilarating, with steep climbs and fast descents,
but also breathtakingly beautiful, with magnificent coastal
Some of the recognised mountain bike tracks include ‘Karetai
Road', which is a four wheel drive track across farmland
leading from Smails Beach. This route is deeply rutted in
places and can become extremely muddy when wet, making for a
rather intrepid journey.
Blueskin Road is a track on an unformed, legal road and links
Highcliff Road to Boulder Beach. This route takes bikers over
rugged farmland and can be ridden as a loop, incorporating
Paradise or Braidwood Roads. ‘Paradise Road' is another track
over farmland, which begins at Highcliff Road and ends on the
white-sands of Boulder beach.
Lastly there is the ‘Camp Road' route which joins the
majestic Larnach Castle with Broad Bay and encompasses scenic
views of the Otago Harbour and surrounding countryside.