Dunedin Trails

Where To Ride in Dunedin

The Dunedin cycle scene has something for everyone. So whether you want to cruise the harbour cycle way network, go for a scenic spin on the Otago Peninsula, or hit the excellent choice of mountain biking trails, Dunedin has an option for all riders.

Harbour & Peninsula Cycle Trail Network

  • Terrain - Mainly Flat, Occasional slight gradient
  • Ability Level- All
  • Recommended Bike Type- Road, Hybrid, E, Hard Tail MTB 
  • Time- 30mins-3hrs (as long as you make it)! 
  • Best For- Best way to get good views of the city, harbour and low level peninsula and Dunedin surrounds vistas

There is a specific cycle way that follows the harbour and extends out as far as Portobello on the Otago Peninsula side of the harbour, and St. Leonards on the eastern side of the harbour.  This network of cycle trail run along side the harbour and is a fully sealed trail, ideal for all types of bikes. It is a flat (ish) trail and perfect for exploring the vistas of the city, peninsula and surrounding hills. 

The peninsula side is more of a scenic ride, with a few cafes to have coffee and pit stops along the way!


Signal Hill 

Signal Hill is a mixture of roots, rocks, loam, flow, berms, jumps and a healthy dose of radness, it will blow your mind and leave you with a permanent grin on your face!

Grade: 2 - 5     Time:  45 minute - 4 hours 

From beginner to expert, there is a wide range of awesome single track on Signal Hill. Make it to the top, and you’ll get one of the best views in Dunedin. The best thing to do is take your bike up and go exploring. The tracks are signposted and fairly easy to recognise. There are trail maps across the hill to keep you from going off track.

The best place to enter the park is through the Logan Park High School car park off Butts Rd.

From the OCTAGON, heap east along the Stuart St and then head north up Cumberland Street. Continue along through Great King street until taking a right at Dundas Street. And then continue straight until you reach the school. There's a map at the entrance gate which should help you find your way. Trail map here


Nichols Creek 

A switch back trail through native bush that is designed to be ridden up and down. Really nice gradient for climbing and an awesome view from the top. There is a gnarly Enduro track from the top with some niggly rocks and roots. 

Grade: 2 - 5       Time: 45 minutes - 1.5 hours 

To get to the bottom of the track, ride up the Leith Valley to Nichols Creek (about 300m up the valley from where Islay Street turns off).  The Switchback track starts on the high side of Nichols Creek.  

Trailforks map here 

Bethunes Gully/ Forester Park 

A small mountain bike park with some really fun single track. Under the pines there are a large selection of tracks from perfectly banked corners to gap jumps. This is a perfect place to fit in a few short laps.

Grade: 2 - 5          Time: 30 minutes - 1.5 hours 

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From the OCTAGON (6km, 10min). Head north along George St all the way to the Gardens Shopping Area. Drive down North Rd to just before the Normandy Tavern (where the road starts climbing) then veer left onto Norwood St. Carry on up this narrow road until you get to Bethunes/Gully Forrester Park (BMX Track). If you turn left, this leads you to Bethunes Gully. If you follow the road right (past the BMX track), you get to Forrester Park.

Trailforks map here


Wakari Creek/ Redwoods 

An awesome place for beginner mountain bikers with the widest range of grade 2 - 3 trails in Dunedin. The riding is under a large stand of Redwoods planted around 100 years ago, sheltering you from the weather (sometimes...). There is a selection of large and small loops for all levels.  Keep your eye out for the challenging wooden features on the side of the tracks! 

Grade 2 - 4        Time: 30 minutes - 1.5 hours 

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Trails start from the carpark on Wakari Road.  They may also be accessed from the dip in Wakari Road, or via McGouns Road which starts from the bottom of the Pineapple track at the corner of Tanner and Fulton Roads.  Trailforks map here 


Whare Flat 

This hidden goldmine has some of the best trails in Dunedin. The tracks are full of adrenaline pumping obstacles. Mainly for advanced riders, there's a great network of trails to sink your teeth into. 

Grade: 3 - 5       Time: 45 minutes - 2 hours 

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The trail starts about 1km along Laings Road, off Whare Flat road (on way up to the Bullpen) on the left. Look out for the entrance sign in the bike rim. Right from the get go it's tight technical riding with challenging natural and man-made obstacles continuing for close to 6km. Trail map here