Mountain Biking the Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is considered some of the best single track mountain biking in the world.  The track is 71km long but we didn’t have time to do the whole thing so we only did about 2/3 of it.  I would love to go back and do the entire thing someday and take a little more time to enjoy the scenery.  Like every other day of this trip, we were on a tight time schedule that didn’t leave much time for lying around.

Our route would take us from Camp Bay to Portage Bay on the first day.  After an overnight at The Portage Hotel we continued on the second day for Anakiwa.  Emma from NZ Travel Designers arranged all the bikes, transportation, food, basically everything and she also served as our guide for the 2 days.  She really helped Miki a lot (and me as well) with technique and building confidence on the sometimes very technical single track.  If you didn’t pay attention 100% of the time you could take a fall of a cliff that in places was hundreds of meters straight down.  Miki did have minor spill that left a good size bruise on her left bun :) but other than that we all made it down safely and had a blast doing it.

Check out some pictures and videos of our ride.  All taken with the amazing little Canon G11.  I couldn’t bring my normal kit because it would have been very difficult to carry 15kg of camera equipment on my back.  The track was hard enough as is.  As you’ll see in the video, the track was so steep in places we had walk up parts (even our guide walked it in places… which made me feel a lot better because then I could get off and walk too).  It was really, really, steep in places.

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