MTB & Cycling
A quiet country district with warm summers and crisp winters make Waimate a place to enjoy outdoor life. Explore our district on two wheels, from tracks overlooking the town to off-roaders into the high country.
Waimate's Mountain Bike Tracks
The Whitehorse MTB Tracks
Our local MTB club members have volunteered many hours to produce the amazing mountain bike tracks in the Hunters Hills overlooking the town.
You'll find a mix of gradients, rewarding views from the top, and fast downhills.
The Whitehorse Big Easy Event is held in April each year, with something for every age and fitness level, from serious competitor to novice.
Download printable map here.
Meyers Pass Trail
Start at Serpentine Valley Road, Waihao Downs; or higher up at Waihaorunga, at the intersections of the Meyers Pass and Pentland Hills Road.
You can extend this ride to the 55km 'Pub to Pub' ride. Start at the Waihao Forks Hotel SH82, and follow the SH travelling the Pentland Hills/Meyers Pass trail onto McHenry's Road, ending at the former Hakataramea Hotel.
If you are after a well-deserved cold refreshment, bike another 3 km to Kurow.
Track distance 40km, or 55km.
Track conditions 60% gravel, 40% tarseal.
There are some longer rides through farmland which will be developed further in future, see attached map.
Lake Benmore MTB tracks
The Waitaki Lakes are a great place for all recreational activities, including walking, cycling and mountain biking.
For a 100 kms-plus challenge start in Waimate with the Whitehorse Big Easy MTB tracks, head to Waihao Downs, cycle over to Haka, and then drive the short distance to Benmore for this track.
For a more leisurely ride, drive to Benmore and set off from there.
Alps to Ocean
This world-famous cycling trail has a small amount of track in Waimate District.
Waimate's Cycling Clubs
Whitehorse MTB Riders
Join the local club in their rides and activities, and get involved with helping build new tracks.
Like their Facebook Page to keep up-to-date on activities, events, track conditions and planned maintenance.
M. 0276 405 022
Waimate Cycling Club
New members welcome, with all abilities, ages, and bikes catered for in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Over the years the club has produced many champions, with some going on to international honours.
Events - Monday night cycling, Tuesday morning social, some Friday nights at the Victoria Park velodrome, and more.
St Andrews Cycling Club
The St Andrews Cycling Club began in 1925 and continues to have a strong field of riders.
With racing beginning on Bluecliffs Road on Thursday nights, all riders are graded into four fields depending on age and experience.
It's a welcoming club that loves encouraging young and new riders to come along and give cycling a go.