Here is what our clients are saying about our mountain biking tours and lessons.
Mountain Biking Tours
“I got the most out of the time by having someone that knew the trails and which ones fit my ridding style to maximize the fun in the short time” or “like just going riding in a new area with a mate!” or “matched the difficulty of the trails perfectly to the ability of the riders – no one got off and walked!” are a few things that our clients say about their mountain biking tours with us. From-Half day to week-long, small group and private trips, we look after all of our guests to make their trips amazing!
Mountain Biking Lessons
“Excellent instructor who clearly explains and demonstrates skills” or “The relaxed and friendly manner creates a “no pressure” and fun environment to learn” or “Much improved confidence” or “My riding had been plateauing and not having any idea how to improve, Jamie immediately identified a few key opportunities” are just a few things that people say about their lessons with us. Check out more testimonials below or sift through the hundreds that we have here.
What our Customers say about us
The New Zealand Mountain Biking team is a close-knit team of enthusiastic riders. When we’re not hitting the trails, you’ll find us performing trail maintenance, repairing bikes in the workshop, discussing bikes, or watching biking videos. It’s safe to say that we’re obsessed in the best way. Our shared passion comes through when leading our mountain biking tours and lessons, but don’t just take it from us. Take a look at some of the individuals who have taken part in our tours and lessons to discover what they have to say about their experiences with us.
BKXC Brian Kennedy – California
Custom Hero Dirt Tour: 9-days of riding Rotorua and the central North Island
TOO MUCH FUN. The Rotorua Redwoods have a TON of miles and I could ride these trails for five days straight. Maybe that’s what I’ll do next time I come! Some of the thickest bush I’ve ever encountered. Luckily it’s not all overgrown and we get into some really nice little challenges along the way. An amazing trip taking on 8 days of amazing North Island, New Zealand singletrack.
Jeff Cayley, Worldwide Cyclery – Los Angeles, CA
Custom Worldwide Cyclery Rotorua Trip – 9-day enduro mountain biking tour
We put together a collaboration trip with New Zealand Mountain Biking. It was absolutely incredible. It’s a trip like this that can make you fall in love with mountain biking. I don’t think any sport exudes smiles, fun & adventure quite like mountain biking does in every country on the planet. This video doesn’t even come close to capturing how much fun that trip was. I will be the first one in line to get back riding with those Kiwi’s again once things get back to some level of normality. . A MASSIVE thank you to the crew at NZMTB for their hospitality. If you ever want to have the best week of your life, go on a trip to NZ with these dudes one day.
Claire – Tauranga
I had a great first lesson with Morgan. He set the pace to my level and my confidence improved so much in just one lesson! Can’t wait to get back out there!
Joe – Australia
Hero Dirt Rotorua – 5 day enduro mountain biking tour
I was on the 6-day hero dirt tour based in Rotorua. A place close to my mountain biking heart.
the trails were in perfect shape and rode some beautiful native forests and took in some beautiful sights. Jamie was a great guide and an awesome rider who helped ride to my limits and coached me to adapt quickly to the trails.
my accommodation was clean, comfortable and in the perfect location. I ate very well and was happy the whole trip.
I want to join this trip again soon
thank you Jamie, for a trip to remember. Joe
Teddy – England
I had a great afternoon out in the forest with Jamie. He organised bike rental for me and picked me up from my hotel. It was exactly what I needed – some skills and a cruise. Thank you for the ride!
Tony – Rotorua
Redwood Private Shuttles – Intro to the Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua
I needed someone to show me more of the Redwood mtg tracks and so I turned to New Zealand Mountain Biking and Jamie did not disappoint. we met at the pre-arranged spot and for the next 3 hours he showed me and took me to places I had not been he pushed my skill set as I asked him to do it and at the end I was tired but thrilled at the experience. I could not recommend these guys more whatever you skill ability Jamie will show you a great time and introduce you to an amazing area for mountain biking
Yukako – Japan
Hero Dirt Rotorua – 5 day tour of Rotorua’s Hero Dirt
(Translated by Google) I took the Hero Dirt 6 days tour from Japan. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rotorua. It’s definitely more fun than staring at Trail Forks! Other than that, it is an impression including an overview.
・First of all, even if my English is not perfect, they are willing to accept me.
・It seems that there are more than 100 courses in Whakarewarewa Forest, but taking into consideration the riding level and trail conditions, it will take you to the most enjoyable course in an efficient way. If you want to make the most of your limited time and physical strength, we recommend this tour where you can use a private shuttle. You can go to areas where public shuttles do not run, so you can loop the desired trail as many times as you like with a minimum self-run. Also, they showed us trails in areas other than Whakarewarewa, which were also quite interesting.
・Ride ends in the early afternoon (don’t worry, you can run until you’re full in the early afternoon), and after-ride activities such as playing in the river, rafting, ziplining, and unexplored hot springs are also included in the tour schedule. Jumping into the water after getting muddy is the best!
・ Above all, the personalities of the guides Jamie and Morgan were very nice. During the tour, he was my guide, organizer, mechanic, chef, and best riding companion. It was really fun to ride with you. Thank you! !
Scott – Australia
Half-day Rotorua Mountain Biking Tour
Arrange a 3-hour guided ride and bike hire with Jamie. Ended up being one of the best rides I have had. Jamie did a great job with trail selections to suit my riding style and ability. He also gave me a few tips to help improve my riding along the way. The Redwoods is such a great place to ride. Thanks, Jamie it was a great afternoon.
Wah – Rotorua
Private Mountain Biking Lesson: Rotorua
I had a private lesson with Jamie working on riding over drops and braking. He is an excellent instructor who clearly explains and demonstrates skills. His relaxed and friendly manner creates a “no pressure” and fun environment to learn. I ticked off some new features and had much-improved confidence afterwards, I will definitely book in again, thanks!
Steve – Southern California
4-Day custom mountain biking tour – Timber Trail, & two days in Rotorua
There is no better way to enjoy mountain biking than to find someone with the expertise and trail knowledge to make local arrangements. The chance to realize a long-standing dream to ride the best available trails on the North Island was recently achieved with the efforts of Jamie Garrod, Director of New Zealand Mountain Biking (NZMB) in the Rotorua region. Among the many, many hours investigating internet sites and watching video postings, I was most impressed by the NZMB website because of the organization of useful information, beautiful pictures, and links to relevant resources. I had confidence that this company was led by a highly experienced and competent guide who knew where and what to ride. There is no substitute than direct contact when so much time is spent with a guide navigating a tour. Jamie quickly responded to my introductory email and follow up questions with high content and direct answers even though client bookings and guiding were ongoing. A vidchat was arranged because my travels were past the typical season and I wanted to set realistic expectations for a multiple days of riding. Jamie listened carefully, was attentive to my goals, and customized a series of 3 well-planned private rides over 4 days that included all arrangements for bike hire, accommodations, and transportation. Implementation of his plan had the same flow as the amazing trails in terms of quality and novelty of terrain, magnificent vistas, rest stops, and uplifts or shuttles when needed. Accommodations were excellent, food provided was superb, and a top of the line dual suspension bike that he personally fitted added immensely to my enjoyment of the adventure. As a guide, Jamie was exceptionally fit and had amazing depth of knowledge about local flora, geology, conservation, and view spots for pictures. Jamie’s careful descriptions of terrain changes prepared me for safe navigation through challenging lines. We had fun, many laughs, and the peak experience of the tour exceeded all expectation. Overall, Jamie’s professionalism tailored this trip to my needs, age, and stamina to maximize my satisfaction. I feel lucky and grateful for his efforts and with the highest recommendation, encourage making plans to maximize enjoyment with outstanding capable guidance by NZMB.
Michelle – Rotorua
A 3-hour MTB lesson with Jamie was just what I needed coming out of winter. My goals were to understand cornering better and Jamie quickly ascertained what areas I could improve then we went about sessioning trails until I nailed it. The feedback was awesome; constructive and confidence-boosting. Which for a female rider age 52, we kinda need right! Don’t hesitate (or let your hubby teach you) to go see Jamie he’s a professional.
Gauthier – New Caledonia
Redwoods Private Shuttles – 3 hour guided private charter in Rotorua
Just Spent 2 days of private shuttles with Jamie, I had a great time riding a variety of trails and doing a lot more descents than I would have done by myself! I’m already thinking about my next riding trip to New Zealand!
Ben – Tauranga
Sunday Kids Sessions: Rotorua
My 7-year-old joined the Kids Sunday Sessions and she has loved every minute of it. The instructors have been great and it has help with her confidence on the bike. Each lesson she tells me want they have learned and is eager to get back out and show me. It also gives me some time to get out on the track myself. Thanks guys!
Lee – Australia
Hero Dirt Rotorua with 2 extra days as part of a custom MTB tour
Adam – Czech republic
Timber Trail Tour: Riding Rotorua & the Timber Trail
The timber trail easily exceeded my expectations! Christy, Jamie and the crew made it super easy. Once I had booked, they organized everything for me – a bike, meals, accommodation and everything in between. I thoroughly enjoyed riding with them making unforgettable memories. Thank you so much!
Check out more of our reviews here. At New Zealand Mountain Biking, our passion is to enable people to discover the thrill of exploring unique locations that can only be accessed by bike. We achieve this by offering exceptional mountain biking tours and lessons that showcase the best of what New Zealand has to offer, including the rush of fresh air, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable hospitality. This is what motivates us at New Zealand Mountain Biking.