Just like Marcus Lush, photographer Dave Mitchell has decided to follow up last year’s MTB guidebook South with… um… North. It’s full of Dave’s photography (which means there are lots of pictures of his partner) and also his detailed descriptions of 34 of his favourite North Island rides.

New Zealand’s North Island has a wide range of world-class mountain biking tracks and Mountain Biking North is a guide to 34 of the best of these rides. Selected by expert mountain biker and photographer Dave Mitchell, they range from straightforward and easy rides close to our urban areas, through to challenging trips deep into the wilderness.

The informative text and photographs for every trip are integrated with a 3D Bird’s Eye map from innovative Wellington mapping company Geographx, which provides a superb overview of the terrain covered.

Dave Mitchell started mountain biking in 1986 with a group of friends who became the core of the Canterbury Mountain Bike Club. His epic adventures have included a 26-day off-road traverse of the South Island, riding tracks and trails as close to the Main Divide as possible, as well as multi-day trips in many other countries.

Geographx is a Wellington-based cartographic design and mapping company with a reputation for visualising New Zealand’s wild and varied terrain in new and meaningful ways.

You can buy it online from for $39 or head to your local book store (and probably pay more).

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