A grunt of a climb delivers a sublime bikepacking overnight mission

Area: Central Otago
Time: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 102 kms loop from Wanaka

This loop provides a great 2 day escape that feels remote and wild, but can be ridden from and returning to Wanaka for provisions. There are some great places to overnight en route, and grand mountain vistas all the way. The stripped landscape belies the harsh extremes of weather that can be encountered up here at any time of year. Take a GPS – if the cloud comes down navigation can become difficult and there is no shelter to speak of beyond the occasional stark rocky tor. It’s a rad place to adventure by bike.

  • Escaping the industrial scale scarification of the landscape of the proving grounds, for the fine open expanse of the Pisa tops
  • Great huts to doss down for the night
  • Taking a bite next to lake McKay
  • The long downhill to Queensbury