Local Laps: Wānaka

Wānaka is Queenstown’s sleepier sister, home to Pembroke Patisserie, Glendhu’s flowing trails and Bike Wānaka, the town’s trail building, event organising community heart. Twice a year people flock to its mountain tops following sun and snow, but kick through the leaves and mud and autumn reveals some of the best riding Wānaka has to offer. Despite its urban quiet, the hills and woodlands around here are alive and ripping.

Luggate local, Pete Miller (@pete_rides_bikes) showcases the network of woodland trails at Sticky Forest

Syndicate riders Laurie Greenland and Jackson Goldstone cut through the fog at Cardrona

Brandon Semenuk’s pro jump line for ‘MIDPOINT’ was resurrected here for a riders-only jam session last December at Glendhu