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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +3,171/2 ft
Total: 4 riders
 

Mountain Biking Minaret Burn Track

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#253 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#10556 in the world

This trail is a combination of walking tracks and four wheel drive tracks. It's the kind of trail you do for the adventure, the challenge and the scenery rather than the riding pleasure.

The tracks take you round the western shores of Lake Wanaka with stunning views back across the lake towards town. There are some beautiful sheltered beaches along the way.

After about 10km you cross Rambling Burn (a creek!) and face a sustained 300 metre climb up a four wheel drive track onto a terrace. After another 4kms you'll reach Minaret Burn. You can follow a hiking track up that creek for perhaps seven kilometres to a hut but it would be more sensible to walk it! Most riders just go to beautiful Colquhouns Beach for a swim and a picnic.

Before heading out you should pick up the Minaret Burn brochure at the Mount Aspiring DOC office in Wanaka.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Wanaka drive out towards Mount Aspiring National Park. About four kilometres past Glendhu Bay turn right and go five kilometres down West Wanaka Road to the car park at the end.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    This is a ride to combine with a swim in the lake on a hot summer's day. The ride to Colquhoun's Beach is pleasant and the scenery is superb. After Rambling Burn the trail gets more challenging. Don't expect seclusion - the trail is surprising popular with walkers.

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