Bike rides guide

Wanaka well endowed with fantastic cycling tracks

Wanaka well endowed with fantastic cycling tracks

We're back in the Wanaka district for the final of our Summer Times bike rides. This is because Wanaka has so many new tracks I couldn't fit them into one article.

From new settlement to abandoned gold-era settlement

From new settlement to abandoned gold-era settlement

Today we're off to the Cromwell area to ride from the mushrooming Pisa Moorings settlement to Bannockburn, almost all off road.

Leisurely Taieri circuit perfect outing for novices

Leisurely Taieri circuit perfect outing for novices

Some mountain bikers don't like scary single tracks and exhausting hill climbs, so I thought I'd throw a cruisy ride into this series.

Wanaka's section of new trail ready to ride

Wanaka's section of new trail ready to ride

Many people strolling along the track that hugs the Wanaka lakefront probably don't appreciate they are on the 3000km Te Araroa trail, which winds through New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Mountain bike ride includes best part of Rail Trail

Mountain bike ride includes best part of Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail is now well known around the world, so I thought I'd better include a ride on the most spectacular part of the trail in this summer's bike rides series. 

Great downhill in MTB ride

Great downhill in MTB ride

Heading up into the hills above Palmerston and enjoying one of Otago's longest downhills on the way home. The "Tuffnuts" option includes a trip to Otago's El Dorado, Macraes. 

Plenty of challenges on Government track

Plenty of challenges on Government track

Our final ride for Summer Times 2009/10 is more an adventure than a mere bike ride. It includes the Government Track, a sinuous dray path hewn from the bush-covered hillside above the Waipori Gorge in the 1800s, probably by gold-miners.

Pacific views aplenty on recommended ride

Pacific views aplenty on recommended ride

Lonely Planet says the Otago Peninsula is one of the best places in the world for a bike ride, so I thought I'd better include a peninsula ride in this series.

Mountain Biking: A ride on the dark side

Mountain Biking: A ride on the dark side

On our first Summer Times ride of 2009/10, we'll meander through some pleasant rural country east of Balclutha before going underground to examine the handiwork of Victorian-era workmen.

Two hours on a two-wheeler

Two hours on a two-wheeler

Today you're off down Otago Peninsula for a ride with a maritime flavour.

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