Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Wheels set to spin at Coronet Peak

December 22 2006

Wheels set to spin at Coronet Peak

It’s all downhill at the Coronet Peak Bike Park which is set to open for the summer season on Wednesday, January 3rd.

A brand new 4.2km downhill cross country track to complement the existing world class 1.6 km downhill single track will be unveiled on opening day.

The two month season will operate 7 days a week from 11:00am to 7:00pm subject to weather conditions until February 28.

Coronet Peak sales & marketing manager David Ovendale says the new trail means that fun and challenging mountain biking is on offer for all level of riders.

“We will now have terrain available for all levels, from amateurs through to elite riders. People can get their wheels off the ground or not and either way the experience will be exciting and exhilarating riding in a stunning scenic environment. The new trail is a ‘no pedal, no brake’ trail which means you can coast down it, or pedal for speed and tricks.”

“The good news is there’s no uphill and access back to the top is by the Coronet Express Quad chairlift.”

Mountain biking at Coronet Peak has been on the plans for some years and summer 2006/7 marks the second year of the sport at Coronet Peak.

“As a sport, mountainbiking is growing fast all around the world. And it’s a perfect summer activity for Coronet Peak allowing the facilities and landscapes to be put to summer use.”

Highlight events of the season include the 2007 New Zealand Community Trust MTB National Series from 12th – 14th January and the 6-hour adrenalin packed Super D Endurance Race on Saturday 3rd February. For more info on both of these events see – &

A range of adult bike rentals will be available at the base area operated in conjunction with Outside Sports.

Coffee, light meals, beer or wine will be served at the Coronet Peak Brasserie and there’s seating on the deck for those who want to take in the action from a safe distance or take part in a life sized game of chess on the giant chess set.

Season passes are available at $249 adult and $199 youth. A special deal is available to 2006 nzski season passes holders at $149 adult and $99 youth. The passes are only available through eBuy, nzski’s secure online season pass shop at

Day passes are priced at $30 adult and $20 youth or $125 and $80 respectively for a book of 5 x Anytime passes. Single ride sightseeing passes are available for $15 adult and $10 youth. These passes can be purchased at Coronet Peak or downtown at selected information centres and bike shops.

The shuttle service to Coronet Peak runs daily from the Station Building at 11:00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm and will cost $10 adult, $5 child one way.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Joel Coen's Monochromatic Macbeth

The Bard of Avon may well be smirking up the sleeves of his lace doublet at the irony of Will Smith's Oscar debacle, but now that the initial furore has dissipated, it's worth revisiting the movie for which Denzel Washington was also nominated. More>>

Howard Davis: Kenneth Branagh’s Black & White Belfast

Branagh has assembled a wonderful cast, including Ciarán Hinds, a gently formidable actor who well deserves his Oscar nomination, and Judi Dench, who steals every scene she’s in. More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland