Blenheim is famous for its vineyards, including a good old fashion grape ride. The township has a purpose built mountain bike park at its back door, and for those wanting to take the Inland Scenic Route over summer, try riding Molesworth Station.
From picturesque Picton explore the Sounds, and one of NZ’s longest stretches of continuous single MTB track: the glorious 70km Queen Charlotte Track. Other Marlborough trails include Wakamarina, Wither Hills MTB Park, Picton’s Victoria Domain, and epic Molesworth Station.
Marlborough has for some time had its biking legacy tracked out with Queen Charlotte Track (QCT). The track was ride-able in the early 90’s and possibly even earlier. It is still a jewel in the crown of classic riding in New Zealand today.
Commencing a cycling adventure, sitting in a comfortable train carriage, I have a commendable role model. In March 1878 American author Mark Twain planned walking tour of Europe . He found a companion and servant but at the last moment ``for private reasons’’ they took an express train. My train is the Coastal Pacific enroute from Christchurch to Picton . My pedal steed is securely bungeed in the luggage van.
When mountain bikers think of Marlborough, I suspect the Sounds and the Queen Charlotte Track first come to mind - 'my itinerary was set and the Wakamarina track was calling'.
The Queen Charlotte Track is a premium, multiday, single track ride set set amongst the beauty of the Marlborough Sounds; part of the historic travels of James Cook, the combination of the smell of the ocean, majestic views and incredibly good biking leads most people to ride The Queen Charlotte more than once.
Words and images by Ash Burgess
WORD is a cool club any keen young rider would love to be part of! It is a non profit organisation all about encouraging kids to ride mountain bikes. In summer they rode the Queen Charlotte Track, read up on their adventures.
I am a devotee of 1,400 km of State Highway 6, running virtually the length of the South Island. It starts at Blenheim, leading through Marlborough’s vineyards (lovely in autumn), visits the attractive Nelson city, heads south to Murchison and then the West Coast with sub-tropical forest and seascapes in the north and New Zealand’s highest mountains and most-visited glaciers in the south. Later is the lonesome Haast Pass. Detours can be made to Okarito or to Wanaka and Queenstown