Kaikoura Cycle Trails

Kaikōura offers a variety of spectacular mountain bike trails to explore the varied majestic landscapes from rugged coastlines to mountain ranges. There are tracks for all levels of experience ranging from casual family trails to challenging climb adventures. Biking in Kaikōura is seen as an excellent way get around town, explore the area with its varied landscapes and for the more experienced a way to get a full workout.

The tracks are ride-able all year around with exceptions depending on weather conditions. Bike with comfortable layered clothes and suitable warm gear in winter as weather can change fast and unexpectedly.

For more information on tracks or mountain bike/ e-bike rentals please visit the Coastal Sports. Further details about the tracks and maps can be found on the Kaikōura Cycling Club website.



Kowhai River Bike Trail

Track distance: 17.7km single way
Start location: Mt Fyffe carpark 

The Kowhai has been a community project built by keen cyclists and volunteers. It suits most riders of average ability, though it is a proper mountain bike trail that does have some roots, rocks and obstacles so bike within your abilities and take care. The trail head starts at the South Bay turn off by the racecourse on State Highway 1. Look for the Kaikōura Cycle signage by the park bench and that leads to the limestone track. There is similar signage along the length of the trail. The trail follows its way along between the road and ocean to the Kowhai Bridge, here you duck under the bridge to avoid crossing the main highway. It’s recommended to walk your bike under, as it is a low and fairly loose trail. From there the trail follows a mix of single track and gravel stop bank riding to the Mt Fyffe car park. 

Kowhai Trail

Middle Hill Mountain Bike Park 2

MiddleHill MTB Park

At Middle Hill MTB they are focussed on creating and maintaining a solid range of intermediate to advanced trails (predominantly downhill). There is different terrain and trail types, for differing styles and abilities. 

Track distance: Various trails
Start location: Middlehill MTB Park, Clarence, Kaikōura

40kms North of Kaikōura by the Clarence River is a MTB park called Middlehill. Open since Sept 2019, it's a new and exciting place to ride with shuttles to the top of some serious vertical, with various options for different abilities to come back down, this place is super fun. Genevieve and Morgan are your hosts on the hill, some of most bike mad people you’ll have the pleasure of meeting, bookings are essential so give them a ring or email and test some of the best gravity trails in New Zealand.

Read more on the MiddleHill MTB website. 

The Kaikōura Cycling Trail

Grade: Easy to intermediate
Track distance: 48 km
Start Location: Kaikōura i-SITE

The full trail is rid-able for most levels of experience with some intermediate sections. Allow yourself about 4 hours to complete the full loop or cycle a smaller section in a couple of hours. The Kaikōura Cycling trail is built and maintained by The Kaikōura Cycling Club, a group of motivated volunteers.

Good to note

Mixed Surface – single trail, gravel, tar
Some sections of single trail are intermediate grade. ride within your ability. Be considerate of walkers

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Kaikoura Cycle Copy

Jordan Stream

Puhi Puhi Valley

Grade: Intermediate
Track distance: 22 km return
Start location: Puhi Puhi Road

Climb your way up into the impressive Puhi Puhi Valley on the northern end of the Seaward range. Drive 12 km north of Kaikōura, turn off just past the Hapuku River Bridge into Puhi Puhi Road. The track is a gravel road that follows the river up to the Puhi Peaks Station.

Key Highlights

Classic gravel ride. Stunning mountain views.
Puhi Puhi Reserve with massive native trees

Good to note

Water refill at the Puhi Puhi campsite
Fords can flood in rain. Be aware of possible vehicles

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Kaiterau Trail

Grade: Advanced
Track distance: 52 km return from town 8km climb
Start location: Mt Fyffe carpark or from town (for the ocean to mountain top experience)

Mt Fyffe is Kaikōura’s most advanced Mountain bike track for real thrill seekers. The way up is a serious hill climb adventure which requires a very good level of fitness. You will be rewarded with a downhill rush and breath-taking views over Kaikōura and mountain ranges.

Good to note

Must have advanced mountain bike skills
Steep ascent and descent
Mountain bikers must give way to walkers

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Kaiterau Trail Copy

Kaikoura Cycle Trail

Blue Duck Valley Road

Grade: Intermediate
Track distance: 25 km return
Start location: Seaward Valley Station

The track starts 18 km north of Kaikoura at the Seaward Valley Station.

19 km north of Kaikoura. This is a grunt climb up to the famous Blue Duck Valley Scientific Reserve. The area is lowland podocarp forest. The reserve climbs up to the limestone slopes of Mt Alexander ridgeline. 25 kms return.