It is time to get out on the bikes!! Me and Benedetta had been planning to rent some mountainbikes in New Zealand for a while and what better place than Wanaka!?
This town sits on lake Wanaka and is a very lively little town thanks to the ski resorts nearby. So the setting is, in true New Zealand style, very stunning! The lake is surrounded by snowy peaks and great round hills.
The perfect spot to explore by mountainbike!
We spoiled ourselves and rented two dual suspension GT bikes and hit the scenic lakeside trail. This sometimes went right next to the lake and on certain beaches it was possible to bike alongside the water or literally in the water as it was very shallow by the coast. A magical setting for the videos we shot!
The lake side trail took us to Sticky Forest, which sits on a hilltop by the lake. The forest is a spaghetti bowl of single track courses for mountainbikes, all topped by incredible views above the lake.
After getting lost a couple of time we met Roy, a local biker which was nice enough to take us on the best route around the place which proved demanding but with a very high grin-factor!! Benedetta impressed me by keeping up with us on these challenging courses on her second ever outing offroad! Well done!
Also well done for pushing up the crazy steep hill we faced at the start without killing me for having taken you in such a hostile place! :)
We rode back to town with high spirits and ready for the next amazing campervan dinner! Oh I almost forgot, that night we stayed at a 5 star campsite, complete with stunning views and a spa!!