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First Timer’s Guide to Bike Glendhu

If you are new to the biking scene and want an all-encompassing experience, look no further. Here is your first-timer’s guide to Wānaka mountain bike park – Bike Glendhu.

Bike Glendhu has been designed with the mountain biking community in mind but you don’t have to be a seasoned shredder to have a great time here. We have all you need – knowledgeable staff, trails perfect for progression, rental bikes (including e-bikes) shuttle uplift, coaching, guiding, an epic café for your pre-ride coffee and post-ride beverage, and a pump track and sand-pit to keep the mini-groms entertained. 

Read on to find out all you need to know about a day at Glendhu 

1. We have trails for all abilities of mountain bikers

Bike Glendhu’s trails have been created to aid progression. With a flowy green loop, Kākāriki provides our beginner riders an opportunity to sample the epic views Glendhu has to offer by delivering them up a mellow climb to Jack’s Spot. This green/Grade 2 down provides some low-level features (berms and rollers) so riders can find their stride with ease.

Jack’s Spot is also the starting point of Matt & Gary (a natural step up from Kākāriki), Jairolla (a super fun blue/Grade 3 that progresses beautifully as you work your way down and gain confidence), and Hare Time, a jump line consisting of over 60 features – rollers, table tops, hips, shark fins and berms. It can be rolled by intermediate riders and owned by the pros. 

Further up the hill from Boulders Cross, Stags Point & the summit, Falcon’s Nest, drop off a range of grade 3-5 trails all showing different aspects of the landscape and great options for when you’ve had more time on the bike.

With something for everyone, it’s an all round great time and epic day out! Check out our trail map here!

Kākāriki is a great trail for beginners that features low level features like berms and rollers.

2. We are often weather dependent so check the forecast/trail conditions

We aim to be open 9 months of the year, closing through the winter when skiing is top of mind in the area. As an alpine location, our stunning 360-degree views come with exposed landscapes and trails meaning we are often at the mercy of Mother Nature.

On the other hand, spring showers can also bring grippy, tacky hero dirt, so double check the ‘current conditions’ page of the website before heading out to Glendhu Bay for the most up-to-date weather forecast and trail conditions. 

3. We are a pedal park but we do have shuttles

If you want to stretch your legs our climbing trails are perfect. They’ve been expertly designed and built to a gentle gradient, making climbing to that iconic view at Falcon’s Nest manageable even if you’re not as fit as you would like to be! It’s gentle but long, so take heaps of snacks and water. In the height of summer, the summit is best enjoyed in the morning before the midday sun beats down.

While we love a good pedal up, we don’t want to deny any one the summit view so if you’re not feeling your fittest, short on time, or have young ones with you, we have van shuttles running to Jack’s Spot (the midpoint) on the hour through the weekend and peak season, plus we have the Can-Am shuttle for 5 people, bookable for 2 or 3-hour slots. Getting to the summit is an adventure in itself! 

Not up for a pedal? Take our Can Am to the summit and enjoy the long descent to Base.

4. We have rentals & a bike workshop

If you’re in town on holiday sans bike or don’t know what you need, pop on to the rentals page of the website and check out the range of bikes we have a for rent. We highly recommend giving the Whyte e150 S e-bike a crack. We off a 4-hour rental, including a pass for $100 meaning you can get in a lot more laps, progressing your riding in one afternoon (or morning!).

If you’ve got your own bike and need a tweak, want it set up to make the most of the Glendhu trails or just want it given a once over, pop into the workshop and see one of our mechanics and they’ll sort you out with whatever you need.

Our workshop mechanics can sort you out whether you need a quick fix or a full service.

5. Cafe post-ride beers

There’s nothing quite like an ice-cold beverage after an epic day on the bike. Fortunately, you don’t need to go far, with our on-site café Velo serving up tasty local brews, nachos to die for and a range of hunger-busting (and surprisingly good for you) meal and snack options.

Piping hot coffee, ice cold beers and tasty treats all await your return to Base.

6. You can try before you buy

Still not convinced? We’ll let the trails do the talking. Head on out and grab a day pass and if you love the trails as much as we think you will, we’ll upgrade you to a season pass and deduct your day pass off the price. 

See you soon – you won’t regret it.

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