There’s no better feeling than taking a deep breath, dropping in, and feeling your heart pumping as you find your flow… lapping all day till there’s nothing left in the tank. We’re right there with you – so we’ve got lift-accessed downhill mountain bike trails for all levels of riders, and our experienced bike instructors can help you get in the zone.
Check out our summer trail map to see all our bike trails at Cardrona, and our daily Dirt Report for current weather and facility updates.
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From 10am daily
From 10am daily
Check out the Mountain Bikers' Code for more information.
If you’re not sure your bike is in good enough nick to be riding the trails, pop in and see our friendly Cardrona Workshop team. They can look after most usual repairs right on the mountain while you grab a bite and a coffee!
It always helps to bring a bag with water, sunscreen and windproof/waterproof layers for a day riding at Cardrona. Mountain conditions can change rapidly and it always helps to be prepared.
Make sure you warm up before you tackle anything too far out of your comfort zone – build up to more gnarly trails, take breaks and keep yourself fuelled. Mountain biking can be pretty taxing on your body, so you'll make the most out of your day if you pace yourself and ride within your limits.
We recommend heading out with the Bike School for a lesson! We have courses to cater for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders.
If you have any questions about mountain safety, feel free to have a chat with one of our Patrollers!
Summer 2021/22: December 9, 2021 – April 3, 2022 (closed Christmas Day).
The Peak to Pub trail is open daily to ride the lower bike park trails and join the historical "Persecution Road". This will take you all the way down to the Cardrona Hotel... boom! The whole Cardrona Peak to Pub trail is 10km long, and covers 1270m of vertical descent. Catch the shuttle back up for more laps or food and a beer to end your day.
This is an epic backcountry freeride experience on private land – just make sure it’s not your first time riding downhill; the trail is a mixture of single track and backcountry riding so some experience is essential.
Allow 30mins for confident bikers.
I'm a first timer to downhill biking: Yes you can ride at Cardrona! We highly recommend booking a lesson with one of our bike school instructors.
I have an e-bike: So long as it's a full-suspension e-bike, you can ride at Cardrona! We ask e-bike users to load their own bikes onto our lifts.
What about kids?: Kids can ride Cardrona! If they've never ridden downhill before we suggest they take a lesson to start things off. Check out our kids FAQ section for more info.
Kids are more than welcome at Cardrona! We recommend full-suspension bikes with disc brakes for riding at Cardrona - please check in with Patrol if you're not sure about your child's bike on our trails.
Here are some of our kids facilities and options:
This summer we have Trek Session 8 and Remedy 8 bikes for hire, as well as Norco Fluid FS 24" bikes for kids. With a relatively small rental fleet, booking in advance is essential - call 03 443 8880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. We strongly recommend getting bike insurance for rental bikes, otherwise you must pay for any damage. We don't hire e-bikes at Cardrona this summer.
Our instructors will introduce you to the fundamentals of body position, braking, cornering, lift riding and trail selection to set you up for a fun day on the mountain.
2. FLOW - Berms and turns
This course is great for those who want to explore the ins and outs of cornering. We’ll review the fundamentals then put them to practice on our flow trails.
3. ROCKS AND DROPS
This course helps you tackle the rocks and drops in steep terrain, in the steeper terrain of our technical trails.
4. FLY - Pumping and jumping
We’ll review the fundamentals then hop right into pumping and progress into getting wheels off the ground with style.
with the perfect backdrop
Start or finish your day (or both) with a trip to the Lounge for barista coffee, snacks, lunch, and an alpine barbecue on late night Friday. With a mountain-full of biking and carting action in front of you, and the Southern Alps behind you, there's no better spot to relax with a cold one and share your stories from your day at Cardrona this summer.