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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +480/ -428 ft
Total: 25 riders

Mountain Biking Dean's Bank Track

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#60 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#5,813 in the world

The Dean's Bank Track is an easy to intermediate purpose build mountain bike trail along the north side of the Clutha River at its source - Lake Wanaka. The 10 km trail is partly out in the open and partly among pine trees. There are some really nice switchbacks, lots of good flowing little berms and some nice optional jumps. It's quite fast and it's a very pleasant ride but it lacks magic and really good fun stuff - it tends to meander aimlessly...

It's a good trail for a beginner to build skills on. I've seen families on it but the kids struggled in places. There are nice views along the open river terraces.

You can ride to the start of the trail from downtown Wanaka along the Lake Wanaka Outlet Trail which comes down the other (south) side of the Clutha River. There's a toilet and drinking water in the camp ground at the trail head.

Text updated by jimcummings, April 2015.

First added by searsandrewj on Nov 15, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Wanaka head for Hawea on highways 84 and then 6. After Albert Town, you'll cross the bridge over the Clutha River. Turn left into the Albert Town camp ground and look for the Dean's Bank sign at the far end of the camp ground to the north west.

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