St James Cycle Trail
With the promise of stunning scenery the St James Cycle Trail is a must for keen bikers.
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Biking in Hanmer Springs

The sub-alpine and alpine terrain make Hanmer Springs the ultimate destination for the avid biker. A broad variety of flat forest to rugged alpine tracks will keep the cycling enthusiast occupied for hours.


Easy Rider

Track distance: 4km
Start location: Hanmer Forest Entrance

Key highlights:

  • Non-technical track.
  • Links to other trails within the forest.
  • Suitable for the whole family.

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Flax Gulley and Swoop 

Track distance: 1.45km & 2km
Start location: Hanmer Forest Entrance

Key highlights:

  • Explore the trails around the back of Conical Hill.
  • Tracks include Flax Gulley, Swoop and Majuba can be linked together for a more comprehensive and heart pumping ride.

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Jacks and Jollies Backcountry Gravel Road Loop

Track distance: 25km loop
Start location: Jacks Pass Road

Key highlights:

  • Circumnavigate Mt Isobel.
  • Large portions up hill (to 800 meters high at Jacks Pass).
  • During the winter month’s parts of the track may be covered in snow.
  • A couple of options for the descent.

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Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail

Start location: Glenmark Reserve

Key highlights:

  • Easy gradient trail suitable for families.
  • Safe quiet roads and off-road trails.
  • Cycle the picturesque vineyards of the Waipara region.
  • Pass historic farms and take in the views across the valley to the main divide.

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Yankee Zephyr and Red Rock

Track distance: 2km & 1.4km

Key highlights:

  • Rocky terrain and amazing views can be found on the challenging routes.
  • Tracks are rated expert.
  • Check with the local i-SITE before departing to obtain a track map and information on possible track closures.

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