Coming to Wanaka for a holiday? Superb choice. Wanaka boasts a whole heap of bike trails for all abilities, mountain views for days and a township with everything you need situated right on the lakefront. Find out everything you need to know about getting to Bike Glendhu from the surrounding areas.
Where Bike Glendhu is located
You’ll find Bike Glendhu in Glendhu Bay – a mere 10-minute drive from Wanaka town centre and 1hr 20 from Queenstown, located on the southern end of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. From Wanaka, you’ll head out towards Aspiring National Park (Tititea).
Wanaka is the closest township to Bike Glendhu, known for being an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. This stunning lakefront town is surrounded by epic mountains and has everything you’ll need for your perfect holiday at any time of the year – from adventure and wellness activities to restaurants and bars of every calibre, with plenty of bike-friendly accommodation options.
How to Get to Wanaka
You can get to Wanaka by driving, catching a bus/shuttle or flying. Driving is the most common way to get here, however, New Zealand roads (especially around this area) are known for being winding, so make sure to check the road report before you start the journey and make sure you stop for plenty of rest breaks. These roads are beautiful – if you want to gawk out the window on your journey you can opt for a shuttle instead. There are some shuttles that run into this area, however, these are fairly limited so make sure to book in advance. If you want a view from above, Wanaka has a small airport which is possible to fly into – the views you’ll see from above are truly magical.
Fly into Queenstown Airport
Queenstown Airport is the largest airport in the area, with domestic and international flights arriving and departing daily. If you choose to fly into Queenstown, you’ll make your way over the Crown Range, the highest main road in the country (reaching an altitude of 1121m), which can be done by driving or catching a shuttle. If you choose to drive, take your time and make sure you check the road report beforehand, as this can sometimes have closures due to weather (but this is more prominent in the winter months).
Dunedin to Wanaka
You can either drive or book a shuttle to get from Dunedin to Wanaka and generally takes about three and a half hours. There are two main routes to drive from Dunedin to Wanaka. The more popular of the two follows the Clutha River and goes through small towns including Roxburgh, Alexandra, Clyde and Cromwell (pro tip: Cromwell is known for their stone fruits, so make sure to stop off at one of the orchard stalls and nab some of that delicious goodness). Clyde is also worth making a detour to – this little township is a historic gold mining settlement and has picturesque views.
Christchurch to Wanaka
You can either drive or grab a bus from Christchurch to Wanaka. It takes around five hours and 15 minutes to drive this route inland – you’ll pass through serene towns such as Fairlie, Tekapo and Omarama. When you’re passing through Tekapo, stop by the lakefront and take in the views of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) and if you feel like a little detour, check out the Clay Cliffs by Omarama too.
West Coast to Wanaka
You can either grab a bus or drive from the West Coast to Wanaka. From Hokitika to Wanaka, it will take you approximately five and a half hours to drive. Buses will depend on where you are in the West Coast region, but it’s still doable. This drive is crazy scenic, going through Franz Joseph, Fox Glacier, Makarora and Haast Pass (Tioripatea) – known as one of the most scenic drives in the country.
From Wanaka to Bike Glendhu
You can drive, bike, walk or get a transport service out to Bike Glendhu. If you’re facing the lakefront from Wanaka township, you’ll head around the left side of the lake.
For those who plan to drive out here, head west on Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road, towards those glorious mountains. This road follows the lakefront most of the way and passes by the iconic Roy’s Peak – this drive is something real special. Once you reach Glendhu Bay after 12km, turn left onto Motatapu Road with signs to Bike Glendhu. Follow this road for 500m and turn right into Bike Glendhu – you’ll see the signs! Voila, you’ll be ready to pick up your pass from Ticketing and head out for a ride on some of that sweet, sweet hero dirt.
If you’re planning to walk or bike out to the bike park, take the Waterfall Creek Track followed by the Millenium Track to Glendhu Bay. Once you get to Glendhu Bay, go along the lake front until you reach Motatapu Road and turn left here.
Whether you ride mountain bikes or not, getting to Bike Glendhu is a must-do. The views are insane, the coffee is top-notch and the vibe is unreal – it’s the perfect place to find a scenic spot for the ‘gram, chill with the little ones in the playground or even grab a cold one with your mates. See you out here!