Born to share. Born to ride.
The location. The Legend.
Nestled amongst the wonderful town of Wanaka, tranquil waters and Mount Aspiring National Park, Glendhu was born to be tackled by two-wheeled explorers and shared by all who are willing to earn it.
Mother Nature spent the last 250 million years crafting her canvas into a mountain bikers’ paradise – our job was to add the finishing touches without ruffling her feathers and lay down a few rules to guard it for generations to come.
Starting with the most important part, our pedal-only mountain bike trails have been designed alongside ecologists to work within the natural typography including kanuka scrup, wetlands and rivers. We thought you might also like somewhere to share tales, refuel and refresh, so have built an off-the-grid hub that borrows and blends with the epic landscape.
Got a spare minute up your sleeve? Why not learn a little more about our land’s history, how Bike Glendhu came about and all the ways we’re working to make this stunning location a pure playground for mountain riders from near and far.
the history of Glendhu
250 million years in the making
250 million years ago, Glendhu was part of a seabed far below the ocean surface on which thick marine sand and mud accumulated to thousands of metres. Over 100 million years, heat and pressure folded and forced these ancient deposits, elevating the rocks into mountainous terrain.
The ranges began to rise and rivers carved valleys that later bore great glaciers. After the ice retreated about 15,000 years ago, Lake Wanaka appeared and warmer climate allowed native flora to grow and fauna to gather around it.
Many of Glendhu’s surfaces were scraped bare by the passage of glaciers and became conspicuously mamillated and deeply grooved with irregular terraces, perfect for a certain breed of two-wheeled explorer.
Skip forward a few thousand years to the arrival of humans, when explorers, colonials and farmers played their part in transforming the land.
Picking up where nature left off
Sustainability & Environment
Looking after mother nature’s masterpiece
Getting to Wanaka
By Bike, bus or four wheels from near and far
Head west (that’s left at the lake) from the township of Wanaka on Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road.
Follow Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road for 12km until you reach Glendhu Bay.
Turn left onto Motatapu Road and follow for 500m. Our entrance is on the right.