- New Zealand
- Hurunui Hot SpringsWinter mountain biking to Hurunui Hut in the Lake Sumner Forest Park.
- Taranaki for NeophytesMountain biking in Taranaki
- Off the Beaten Track An off road traverse of the South Island on mountain bikes
- At Peace with PureoraMountain biking around the Pureora Forest in the Central North Island
- Rambling Around the Marlborough SoundsMountain biking Marlborough, Arapawa and D'Urville Islands
- Romping Round the Marlborough SoundsMountain biking Marlborough
- Loop de LoopGreat mountain biking can be found in most corners of this flat earth and New Zealand boasts its fair share of classics.
- Otago GoldMountain biking - Bannockburn, Central Otago
- Magnetic WestMulti-day mountain biking, Kaikoura to the Tasman sea
- All that Glistens... the Croesus and Moonlight Gold TrailsMountain biking on the South Island's West Coast
- The Brevet ClubGuy and Laurence recount the suffering and intrigue of the inaugural Kiwi Brevet... a 1100km mountain bike race around the top half of the South Island over six days. Informal with self-enforced rules, no entry fee, unsupported, and... well, hard.
- Double FencelineThis classic trip snakes along the summit ridge of Banks Peninsula.
- Fool's GoldMountain biking in Central Otago
- Northern ExposureMountian biking the Coromandel
- Craigieburn Conservation ParkMountain Biking Craigieburn
- The Queen Charlotte TrackMountain biking the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds
- Sort-of Full Tilt on the Great Southern BrevetDan's account of the 2014 1100km Great Southern Brevet
- Suppressing the Competitive UrgeMountain biking in Malborough
- History on the Heaphy
- Cycling South Westland in 1929In 1929 Ray Chapman-Taylor, and his friend Ray Williams decided to bike home to Napier from Otago via the Haast Pass and the West Coast.
- One Night StandsOvernight mountain biking trips
- Wharfedale TrackThis is arguably one of the best and longest stretch of single track in Canterbury
- South Pacific
- West meets EastAfter riding all morning through the tail of a typhoon, we didn't want to slosh into a Japanese restaurant in that state. I tried drying out by standing under the vent outside the kitchen. I got no drier, but now I smelled of noodles...
- Tien Shan TraverseWhat do you do in the middle of the mountains when two large, thuggish Chinese men get out of a car and stride purposefully towards you? You smile and say thank you for the stale bread and peaches they are offering you!
- One Gear, One Continent, One Hero.Hero Cycles is the world's largest manufacturer of bikes, spitting out a whopping six million a year. You're unlikely to find one at your local bike shop but as any seasoned traveller can attest, they are the 'people's car' of India.
- Laid-back LaosMountain bike touring in Laos
- The Road to MandalayCycle touring in Myanmar
- Vietnam on Thirty Dollars a DayCycle touring in Vietnam
- A Short Ride in the Hindu Kush Cycle touring in Pakistan
- On a Wheel and a Prayer FlagCycle touring in Tibet
- Shanti Shanti - Across the Himalaya by BikeCycling across the Himalayas
- Biking the Hidden HimalayaCycle touring in North West India
- Peninsula PeregrinationsWhy, where, and how to ride south of San Francisco - the Peninsula and South Bay
- Bay City RollersWhy, where, and how to ride around San Francisco
- Pedalling Patagonia"Wow! Amazing! You're cycling to the bottom of South America. Is it all downhill?" Alan and I looked at each other in amusement and suggested that we expected a few uphill sections.
- Cycling Cuba with Fidel and Ché
- Dirt Roading in Colombia'The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay', promises Colombia's latest tourist advertising slogan, printed over glossy photos of idyllic Caribbean coastlines, perfectly preserved colonial towns, rolling, lush coffee plantations and a Latin couple dancing hot cumbia.
- Famous Potato Recipes from Idaho
- My Private Idaho
- Donde Estan Los Pollos
- Alaska - the Last Frontier The Alaskan Iditasport Human Powered Ultramarathon
- In Search of Maple Syrup and a Decent National Anthem Mountain biking in Canada
- All You Can EatMountain Biking in Northern California
- Caffeine and Singletrack in the USA Mountain biking in South West Colorado
- Trans-Savoie - le Grande Mountain EnduroThe Trans-Savoie is six days of endless descent from the high moonscapes of Tignes to the valleys of Chamonix.
- Food, Wine and Biking around MontpellierCycling and eating around Montpellier in the South of France
- Pizza, Gelato and Mountain BikesMountain biking in Italy's Aosta Valley
- Albania for BeginnersCycle touring in Albania
- Fat Tyre Touring in ItalyMountain bike touring through Italy.
- Corsica- touring the scented isleCycling around the Mediterranean
- Bici Dolomiti Mountain biking in the Dolomites
- A Slice of Swiss CheeseMountain biking in Switzerland
- London Calling The London Cycle Show
- Stairway to Heaven - biking Spain's Camino de SantiagoCycle touring in Spain
- A Scottish Coast to CoastCycle touring in Scotland
- Crouching Tiger - Cycling Ireland's South West Coast Cycling Ireland's South West Coast
- The Italian Job Mountain biking around Lake Garda
- Double DutchA cycle tour of the Netherlands.
- A Rather Big Swedish RaceMountain bike racing in Sweden
- French ConnectionCircumnavigating Mont Blanc on the "Sentier Pedestre" hiking trail.
- A Month in Provence Cycle touring in the South of France
- A French PilgrimageTouring with the Tour de France
- End to End, the Long WayCycle touring in Great Britain
- Steve's SabbaticalCycle touring in France
Hurunui Hot Springs
UnderGround Issue 8, August 1996
Updated 6 March 2014The Lewis Pass area has truck loads of thermal springs, making it a crash hot destination for winter mountain biking. A classic trip is to zip up to Hurunui Hut in the Lake Sumner Forest Park.
The action starts at Lake Taylor, 40km inland from Hawarden in North Canterbury. Unless you have a stroppy 4WD you'll need to park up at the south end of the lake. There are no major hassles with security here. The grassy flats on the lake shore make for great camping but it can blow like hell and beware of mega frosts in the winter.
This trip works best as an over-nighter at this time of the year - letting you make a late start and early finish to avoid the coldest part of the day. Head around Lake Taylor on the 4WD track until you get to Loch Katrine (625m), then drop down to Home Bay on Lake Sumner. Long and wide grassy flats lead to the NZFS No. 2 Hut (imaginative names) at the edge of the Beech Forest. You're about 12km from your starting point and getting closer to the source of the Hurunui River. Stay on the true right (ie. right as you face down stream) of the Hurunui and follow the vague bulldozer track to the newish Hurunui Hut - a modern 20 bunker on the manuka terrace above the river opposite Dinner Hill.
Stash your overnight kit, grab your towel, shower cap and make directly for the hot pools. You'll need the map to find them - X marks the spot just up the hill and above the track. It's about 30 mins by bike then another 15 mins on foot to the pools. Your nose will tell you when you're there. It's a wild setting in the bush and there's room for up to 10 bods. Retrace your steps before darkness falls and everything turns to custard - or arm yourself with a fancy torch. From the Hurunui Hut it's back out the same way you came in.
The Nitty GrittyHawarden is roughly an hour north of Christchurch. Lake Taylor is another hour and a bit on a shingle road beyond that.
> Equip yourself with either the 1:50,000 Lake Sumner map or the Guide to Lake Sumner Forest Park. Note that NZFS No. 1 hut has been removed so amend your old maps.
> You'll need DOC tickets for the hut.
> Lake Taylor to the Hurunui Hut is on easy, relatively flat track and will take 3-4 hours.
A diversion for the more adventurous is to continue over the Kiwi Saddle to the Hope Kiwi Lodge. From there you can in theory ride down the Hope River to the Lewis Pass road - but you need to get permission from the land owners at Poplars Station first.
Follow the Mountain Bikers' Off-Road Code:> Ride MTB and multi-use tracks only.
> Ask permission from land owners before heading out.
> Respect other users; always give way to walkers.
> Keep your bicycle under control.
> Leave no trace: never skid nor drop rubbish.
> Never spook animals; leave gates as you find them.