From epic trail rides to downhill tracks, world-class mountain biking trails literally start at your doorstep in Queenstown and Wanaka. So whatever it is that gets your wheels spinning, we’ve got your dirt guide to the best riding in the regions thanks to Queenstown’s Red Bull athlete Remy Morton and Wanaka’s Enduro World Series rider Phoebe Coers.
So, what’s your favourite area to ride in Queenstown or Wanaka?
Remy: Skyline Mountain Bike Park in central Queenstown would have to be my favourite spot to ride, potentially my favourite spot out of nearly every place I’ve ridden around the world actually. Its got everything from beginner to pro riding and caters for a massive audience of riding styles!
Phoebe: Coronet would have to be my favorite place to ride, the trails are super fun and it has a few harder trails in the area. It also has a good climb!
And your favourite trail?
Remy: Bubba - Skyline Queenstown.
Phoebe: Coronet DH track!
You’re up for a big slog, what’s your go-to suffer-fest trail?
Remy: Adze up - Bike Glendhu, Wanaka.
Phoebe: Fernhill loop up the Skyline access road! It’s an absolute slog.
Any tricks of the trade to give away? A secret trail?
Remy: If you’re new in town or have even been around for a long time, I think the best thing to do is meet up and ride with people you don’t know. Every rider in Queenstown has their own little go to tracks and link trails/lines they know of and I always discover new things with new friends!
Phoebe: It's not a secret but the pump track at Hanley's Farm is a hidden gem!
Let’s say we’re new to mountain biking, where do we even begin?!
Remy: I would recommend going into Vertigo Bike shop located on Brecon Street in the middle of Queenstown. They have a huge amount of knowledge being one of the original bike shops of the region with a very helpful crew of staff and a large range of hire bikes & trail mapping to get you underway!
Phoebe: Hit some fun flowy trails and work on the basics to get the feel for the bike. Find friends who bike!
On the days where you don’t feel like pedalling, where can we find you?
Remy: You’ll either find me in the middle of the bush maintaining our local trail network or sun bathing at the beach!
Phoebe: On my days not on the bike I may be found in the gym or running, on the side of a netball court or in a cafe drinking huge amounts of hot chocolates!