Rude Rock | Is This The Most Epic MTB Track In New Zealand?

February 23, 2019

New Zealand has no shortage of MTB trails. In fact, it’s one of the top places in the world to surf the dirt. Queenstown, in particular, is home to some of the best trails and the town is teeming with riders from all over the globe come summertime.

We recently made the journey over to Queenstown from Wanaka to have a look at Rude Rock. I had been meaning to tick this one off for a few months but the logistics of the trip had never quite lined up.

In the end, it turned out to be an epic afternoon with a good group of mates. The weather couldn’t have been better and I found myself torn between riding without a camera bag for maximum riding enjoyment or carrying the camera to capture the beauty of the landscape. In the end, I did a bit of both and ended up giddy at how good it was!

Is Rude Rock the best trail in New Zealand? I’ve still not ridden in the North Island or a few places in the South Island so it’s hard to say. I can say that on this evening I had a hell of a lot of fun in a stunning location.

Below are a selection of shots from the evening. Keep scrolling for some useful info on the trail.


What is Rude Rock?

Rude Rock is a single track downhill trail that runs from just above the base building at Coronet Peak ski field near Queenstown. The trail ends about halfway down Skippers Road which is the access road to the ski field.

Where does the name come from?

I only found this out recently but the name is derived from a phallic shaped rock that sticks out near the top of the trail. Interesting.

How is best to ride Rude Rock?

There are a number of companies in Queenstown that offer shuttle services up Skippers Road. Simply load your bike onto the trailer and get driven to the top of the road. There is a short climb to the trail and then its all downhill to the bottom where your shuttle will be waiting.

Rather than pay for a shuttle, we took it in turns to do the shuttle run while the others rode. With 4 in a car, 3 people can ride while the other drives back down to the bottom. Personally, I think this worked really well.

Alternatively, you could ride back up to the top. Whilst I’m all for earning your turns and getting the fitness in, you won’t get anywhere near as many runs in. There’s a time and place for a shuttle and this, I think, is one of them.


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