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South Island mountain bike adventure park set to open

South Island mountain bike adventure park set to open
January 21, 2020

A new mountain biking adventure park is set to open this Thursday (23rd January) beneath the mountains and beside the lake at Glendhu Bay, Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island.

Bike Glendhu will feature 35 kilometres of pedal-powered trails covering 1000 hectares of terrain on the beautiful Glendhu Station, a 13-minute drive from Wanaka.

The trails were designed and built by Tom Hey and his Queenstown-based company Elevate Trail Building, with the support of Wanaka-based crew Dirt Dynamics.

The eco-conscious park, a collaboration between keen local rider John Wilson and station owners John and Emily McRae, is designed for riders of all abilities, from families looking for an uplifting Sunday ride to hardcore shredders.

Bike Glendhu managing director Charlie Cochrane advises “we're beyond delighted to finally be able to share our vision and work with the people of Wanaka and visitors to the region.

"Our amazing trail crews have spent 12 months working tirelessly to build our network. They’re all riders themselves, so every turn, every berm, every jump, dynamic downhill and honest climb has been designed and crafted to be as epic as possible.”

The park features a 10km scenic family loop, a 22 kilometres back country loop that descends 450metres over 8km, plus multiple descent options that include technical enduro, jump and flow trails.

Some 35km of trails will open this week, with the remaining 15 kilometres being built in the near future. Work on the base buildings, landscaping and pump track will also continue.

Cochrane adds “the trails have been built as sympathetically as possible to the natural topography, all the buildings are positioned sensitively within the landscape and we've made sustainability a major focus of the project.”

More than 4000 native trees and shrubs have been planted and the site is powered exclusively by the sun, with Wanaka Solar providing a 100% off-grid system.

There will be wastewater capture and composting on site, natural cleaning products used and the facility will be SUP free – no cups. People are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

John McRae, a third-generation farmer at Glendhu Station notes “we are custodians of this land and it means so much to my family. So, we’re proud to be involved in a venture that is sustainable and sympathetic, while also diversifying income streams and providing something spectacular for the community and visitors.”

Bike Glendhu, which will be open 10 months a year, features a communal hub with cafe where riders can buy tickets, hire bikes and swap stories.

All staff are pre-hospital emergency trained – they are all first responders.

Cochrane also advises “we’re so lucky to have an awesome crew of passionate and talented individuals working here. Everyone is really excited about welcoming bikers out to Bike Glendhu to experience this incredible playground.”

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Image of Bike Glendhu trail riders. Credit Jay French 

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