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    Queenstown or Auckland

    Hi!
    Im planning to take a language course in New Zeeland in November December. I do a lot of sports, like running, mountain biking (cross country), crosscountry skiing etc. During my study time in NZ I would like to train with a mountainbike club. I havent yet decided where to study, Im choosing between Queenstown or Auckland.

    Downhill seems to be quite big in Queenstown, but what about cross country? Is there any xc trails, what about roads in the mountains?

    Can somebody please give me some advice about where to go and if there is some MTBclub to train with.

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    /K

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    Queenstown has a very good scene for everything from Dh through XC to road and even a CX winter series. If you are into the outdoors then QT is a far better choice then Auckland to live.

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    Auckland is a large city. It's 3-4 hours away from Rotorua, which is an AMAZING riding area.

    Queenstown is a small town. I think it's the most beautiful area of NZ. The riding is more ' backcountry epic' than Auckland.

    I'd choose QT in a heartbeat.

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    QT for sure. Brilliant rides at your doorstep.

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    Thanks, I will go for Queenstown :-).

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    Queenstown. Rotorua also has language school and some great trails...

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    Auckland riding is pretty boring compared to other places I've seen in NZ.
    If you're from overseas I'd say rotorua is pretty inaccessible to you unless you met people

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    Queenstown by a mile. Auckland is a big city which requires you to drive to get anywhere decent. Even then riding is pretty average.
    PAINT IT BLACK

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    Another shout for QT, love it.

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    Plenty of riding to be had in Auckland, you just need to know where to go and have a car to get you there. Have a look at the websites listed below.

    Woodhill Mountain Bike Park - Auckland's Homeground for Mountain Biking

    Auckland MTB Club

    Auckland mountain biking, road rides and cycle trails

    Cycling in Auckland

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiRob View Post
    Plenty of riding to be had in Auckland, you just need to know where to go and have a car to get you there. Have a look at the websites listed below.

    Woodhill Mountain Bike Park - Auckland's Homeground for Mountain Biking

    Auckland MTB Club

    Auckland mountain biking, road rides and cycle trails

    Cycling in Auckland
    yep, thats the difference right there ... waste an hour or more sitting in traffic driving somewhere to ride, then do it all over again coming home ... in queenstown, get on your bike in your garage and ride to the trails ... not to mention the major difference in scenery and laid back culture ...

    +1 for queenstown
    "old enough to know better. too old to care."

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