Walk or cycle the banks of the Waihopai River from the Stead Street Bridge to the Waihopai Dam. There are multiple access points on the 15km loop.
Southland is home to many great cycling spots. From family friendly rides, to mountain biking singletrack, to electric bike tours, to the proving ground for Gold Medal Winning Olympic track cyclists; you won’t be disappointed at any level of biking experience. Cycling is a great way to sample Southland's rich natural heritage, exploring mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. So bring your bike or rent one while you're here and get exploring!
If you’re looking for something easy and relaxing or are with young ones - there are plenty of scenic rides dotted around the region. In Invercargill, take a nice ride along the banks of the Waihopai river on the Waihopai Walkway/Cycleway or see what’s on offer at the bicycle friendly Queens Park. In Te Anau, explore the 35 Hectare Ivon Wilson Park and revel in the views of the Fiordland mountains.
Want to get the heart rate up? There are plenty of longer trails to test your bikes and lungs on! These are headlined by the awe-inspiring Around the Mountains cycle trail, a 180km, 3-5 day trail that begins in the small township of Kingston. There’s also the newly minted and highly scenic Lake 2 Lake trail that runs alongside Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau river to Lake Manapouri.
For those that love pushing the boundaries, Southland does not disappoint. There’s the world famous, hand carved, stunning private mountain biking and walking track on a high country station at Welcome Rock or the intense gravity-fed downhill trails at Bluff Hill that provide outstanding views of Foveaux Strait. If you’re in the Gore District, the locals have also curated a fantastic set of trails in Dolamore park that they affectionately call the Hokonui Loop Mountain Bike Track