10 Places to Quad Bike in New Zealand for Adventure Junkies
10 Places to Quad Bike in New Zealand for Adventure Junkies

10 Best Places for Quad Biking in New Zealand

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Where to Go Quad Biking in New Zealand

Quad bikes are a staple of New Zealand culture. They are the transport method of choice when Kiwis are working on their farming stations. What’s more, quad biking just happens to be an awesome way to experience the great outdoors! Quad biking in New Zealand means you can get to all those hard-to-reach places over a vast variety of gnarly terrain. It helps that it’s ridiculously fun too! So where can you go quad biking in New Zealand? Find out in this list of excellent places to quad bike in New Zealand!

You’ll find a real mix of quad biking tours in New Zealand. Some a perfect for the whole family, taking you through fun twists and turns on safe terrain and bikes, while other tours are specially designed for adult drivers to blast through some extreme landscape. Mud, streams, forest, mountains, beach and glacier valleys: it can all be experienced on New Zealand quad biking tours!

1. Queenstown

Being the “Adventure Capital”, Queenstown spoils you for choice with quad bike tours. Choose from an adventure up Queenstown Hill with Nomad Safaris for outstanding views to go with your adventure (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or join Off-Road Adventures for their huge off-roading offering over 4,450ha (11,000 acres) of land (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)! Quad bike, dirt bike, purpose-built tracks, mud and water: it can all be found in Queenstown.

Location: Queenstown, Otago, South Island

Nomad Safaris© Nomads Safaris

2. Franz Josef

Quad biking is best done on extreme rugged landscape and it doesn’t get more rugged than Franz Josef! In the region dubbed the “Wild West Coast”, Franz Josef is famous for its glacier activities. Ride a quad through a glacier-carved valley, ancient rainforest and over plenty of water in this wild ride with Across Country Quads (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). And that’s not all there is to do in Franz Josef! Check out 5 Franz Josef Glacier Must-Dos

Location: Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast, South Island.

Across Country Quads© Across Country Quads

3. Kaikoura

Just 20 minutes out of Kaikoura is the Glenstrae Farm tucked between the mind-blowing Kaikoura mountain ranges and the rugged coastline. Explore this hillside sheep farm on a journey through native bush, open hilltops with picture-perfect views and along the coast where you’ll even get the opportunity to see seals. Book your quad bike tour and transfer from Christchurch on Viator or Tripadvisor. Check out more experiences in Kaikoura in our 10 Kaikoura Must-Dos.

Location: Kaikoura, Canterbury, South Island.

Glenstae Quad Biking© Glenstae Quad Biking

4. Hanmer Springs

Explore the stunning sights and epic terrain of the Hanmer Basin on a Hanmer Springs quad biking tour! After training from your guide, you’ll go on a journey through a high country station through a mix of terrain: bush, mountain, paddocks and lots and lots of water! Book your quad bike tour with the Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre on Viator and Tripadvisor. Check out more things to do in Hanmer Springs while you’re there.

Location: Hanmer Springs, Canterbury, South Island.

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5. Greymouth

On Yer Bike arguably makes Greymouth the off-roading capital of New Zealand. In the off-roading complex just outside of the West Coast city, choose from self-driven 4×4 buggies or quad bikes. Then take on over 16km (10 miles) of purpose-built tracks taking you through dense native forest, through more mud than you can imagine and even large streams! Book your quad bike tour with On Yer Bike on Viator or Tripadvisor. See more things to do in Greymouth in our 5 Greymouth Must-Dos.

Location: Greymouth, West Coast, South Island.

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6. Taupo

A great option for children over 9 years old and adults alike, Taupo is an awesome destination to experience quad biking in New Zealand. Quad biking in Taupo is all about blasting through the native forest and even heading up to a stunning viewpoint. There’s plenty of terrains to cover with twists and turns. More importantly, it can be muddy as hell! Don’t miss these other awesome activities in Taupo!

Location: Taupo, Waikato, North Island.

Taupo Quad Adventures© Taupo Quad Adventures

7. Wellington

Many people forget that there are tons of adventures to be had around New Zealand’s capital city. It’s not all about the city life! Just 45 minutes out of Wellington is the Rimutaka Forest Park with all kinds of adventurous terrain. Quad bike with your guide up to 900m (2,953ft) in the mountains all the way down to sea level as you cover around 20km (12 miles) of coastline. It’s a full-day experience not to be missed!

Location: Wainuiomata, Wellington, North Island.

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8. Rotorua

Blast around the flanks of Mt Ngongotaha, its farmland and forest with the Adventure Playground in Rotorua. Choose from quad bikes or other self-drive 4×4 vehicles to get you through the vast terrain overlooking Lake Rotorua. Choose from a half-hour or 1-hour tour giving you plenty of time for more Rotorua activities in your day!

Location: Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, North Island.

Adventure Playground Rotorua© Adventure Playground Rotorua

9. Auckland

To experience some different off-roading terrain in New Zealand, don’t miss a tour with 4 Track Adventures in Auckland. Ride along long-stretching sandy beaches or on purpose-built forest tracks on the sunny coast of South Head, just one hour north of Auckland city centre. See more adventure experiences in Auckland right here.

Location: South Head, Auckland, North Island.

4 Track Adventures© 4 Track Adventures

10. Ruapehu

Experience the true New Zealand countryside with Ruapehu Adventure Rides. Located on the edge of the Tongariro National Park, this hilltop quad biking experience has excellent views of the North Island volcanoes, as well as plenty of gnarly terrains to tackle. Drive through mud, water, hills and forest on this North Island adventure ride!

Location: Raurimu, Manawatu-Wanganui, North Island.

Ruapehu Adventure Rides© Ruapehu Adventure Rides


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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