Monday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Tuesday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Wednesday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Thursday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Friday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Saturday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Sunday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
42 Motatapu Road, Glendhu Bay
021 245 3334
Situated in Glendhu and surrounded by a stunning mountain range, Bike Glendhu is ideally set just 15 minutes from the Wānaka township.
The concept for the bike park hatched when the owners realised there was a need for more biking in Wānaka in a naturally beautiful setting. It was then the founders partnered with a forward-thinking farmer to create the organically farmed park. Presently, their 35 km network weaves through 1000 gorgeous hectares, with plenty of room for growth.
The trails were thoughtfully designed to allow beginners to ride at their own pace, while the more experienced riders can soar through at theirs. You’ll get plenty of bang for your buck here, as a season pass is valid for their nine-month season, and a trail pass allows you to ride the whole park from open to close. They even offer coaching sessions if you’re still getting acquainted with your bike.
Nestled on the grounds, you’ll find a gift shop and a café, set inside separate cabin-like structures. The store offers a large selection of Mons Royale and key biking bits and pieces, while the café, Velo, offers Common Ground Coffee and everything you need to enjoy yourself post-ride: wines, local beer taps, and even an outdoor area with fire pits, bean bags and mountain vistas.
Of course, the park wouldn’t be complete without the bike mechanic shop perched nearby, ready and waiting to dial your ride. All the buildings are made of black corrugated iron that lends an alpine feel and were thoughtfully designed to work harmoniously with the outstanding natural environment and landscape.
The attention to detail didn’t stop with the design, though. With a dedication to eco-friendly practices, the park is based within a little amphitheatre and is entirely off-grid, with solar panels on the roof. Their commitment to sustainability is also why you won’t find any printed maps here. They even launched a native tree planting scheme, with a goal of planting 30,000 by 2025. It allows customers to use solar power to charge their bikes, and, as a result, a payment is made that goes directly to tree planting.
If you’re jonesing to get on the bike and try a spin through the stunning vistas, just pop on by. Day passes can be purchased online or at the park, but rental bike, shuttles and group bookings are encouraged during their busy peak season (December – January). If you play your cards right, you’ll be having a post-ride brew by the brassier in no time.
Words by Caitlin Brown & Photography by Nancy Zhou
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