Wellington is one of the best places for mountain biking in the country. I started last November after getting sick of dodging cars on the road; a few months earlier my brother-in-law failed to avoid an 18-wheel truck and was lucky to survive it. So I bought a friend’s old bike and went out to Makara Peak and instantly caught the mtb bug. I’ve since upgraded to a full suspension bike and ridden mtb parks all over the North Island. Whether you’re tempted to give it a go or are already a diehard mtbiker here are some resources you can find at the library. (You could also check out the NZ Mountain Biking site and Vorb.)
There are several resources for you to take advantage of at the library. You can find books and magazines on maintenance, improving your riding, and where to ride. The best guide for where to ride in New Zealand is the Kennett Brothers. It outlines all the best riding in Wellington and they have played a huge role in the development of mtb in Wellington so they know what they are talking about. You can find Spoke, New Zealand Mountain Biker, and Australian Mountain Biking Magazines. On DVD there is Zinn and the art of mountain bike maintenance and Klunkerz: A film about mountain bikes. These are both in the adult documentary section so cost $4 and the magazines 50c each to borrow.
There is a cycling and mtb map that can be found at the library information desk. The map is a guide of places to ride in Wellington city that range from beginners’ and family rides to the most advanced single track in town. The best thing about it is that it shows some of the myriad of ridable tracks that are probably just outside your door. Also available at the library is a brochure on the free tours of Makara Peak Mtb park. This is aimed at beginners, families and those new to town, but is open to everyone.