Wanaka’s reputation as an up-and-coming biking destination is likely to be enhanced with the opening of the South Island’s newest commercial mountain adventure bike park.
Bike Glendhu is a collaboration between cycling enthusiast John Wilson and Glendhu station owner John McRae and comprises 35km of trails over 1000ha of the working farm.
Mr Wilson moved to Wanaka eight years ago and said he was very “fortunate” to meet Mr McRae and find out they had similar ideas about Wanaka needing more places to ride and “sharing this beautiful spot out at Glendhu”.
“Biking is a very big market in New Zealand. We need a lot more places to ride, and the increasing popularity of e-bikes is making more places accessible and allowing more people to take up cycling,” Mr Wilson said.
“Bike Glendhu is unique because we are just 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Wanaka and you are in a completely different world where it is quiet, you have bird life, and beautiful scenery,” he said.
More than 4000 native trees and shrubs were planted, the site was powered by solar power and all waste has to be removed from the site.
“We are all about sustainability,” Mr Wilson said.
Third-generation Glendhu station farmer John McRae said he was “proud to be involved in an adventure that was sustainable and sympathetic, while also diversifying income streams and providing something spectacular for the community and visitors”.
Bike Glendhu has consent to build another 15km of trails over the next few years.
Wanaka also has New Zealand’s highest mountain bike park at Cardrona Alpine Resort.