6 days of shredding hero dirt with like minded riders on the worlds best single track in and around Rotorua.
6 days of the best time you'll ever have on a bike
GRADE 4 UPPER INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED
BACKCOUNTRY AND LOCAL
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If you love riding single track, want it loamy, and just want as much ride time as possible, then this is THE trip. There’s a tonne of variety here and it’s right on our doorstep – technical and tight, steep, fast and flowy, and just plain sendy if you want to push it. We’ll even top it off with a helicopter shuttle into epic back country. Stay in cool lodging, have all your meals, transport, refreshments and details taken care of by an awesome team. So show up solo or bring some riding buddies – either way, you’ll experience the best single track of your life. Register your interest by clicking the “Check Availability” button below.
DAY 1 Arrive Rotorua, Ride Whakarewarewa Forest
Arrive Rotorua, Ride Whakarewarewa Forest
Our trip begins in Rotorua – the capital of mountain biking in New Zealand. That’s our very biased local opinion, but you’ll see what we mean when we head into “the Redwoods”, as there’s a trail to suit anyone. So depending on how jetlagged you are, we can get a sense of what you’re after and hit the perfect trail – smooth flowy goodness with berms galore, drops to tight and technical. Rotorua is famous for its “Hero Dirt” – tacky, with minimal rocks – all set up for maximum fun.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 3-5 hours DISTANCE: Up to you MEALS: (L,D)
DAY 2 Ride Rainbow Mountain & Rafting
Ride Rainbow Mountain & Rafting
A very short drive south this morning brings us to “Kerosene Creek”, where the Rainbow Mountain ride begins. We’ll start out with a 40 minute climb to the summit of Rainbow Mountain. From the summit, the views out to Lake Taupo and North to Rotorua and the surrounding forests are awesome. Then it’s time for the steep, tight, technical descent through the forest on winding single track, all the way back down to Kerosene Creek. The beauty of this run is that we can do it all over again and double the fun! There’s a chance to soak in the natural hot springs after the ride, then we’ll head back to Rotorua. If you’re up for some more gravity action, we’ll do it again this afternoon, only a whitewater raft on the Kaituna river – home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 3 hours DISTANCE: 11 km CLIMB: 500 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 3 Land Rover Shuttles Day
Redwoods Land Rover Shuttles
Rotorua is, without a doubt, home to the best single track riding in New Zealand. Today we’ll have access to every corner of it. Our Redwoods Land Rover Shuttles day means we’ll have access to an entire network of 200km of single track, have it to ourselves and do it in style on our very own Land Rovers. We’ll tailor the day to the type of trails you want to ride, and there’s no need to pedal uphill!
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: optional MEALS:(B,L,D)
DAY 4 Heli biking the Moerangi Trail
Heli biking the Moerangi Trail
Things are always better when you introduce a helicopter into the mix, and the fun factor is ramped up even more when we’re dropped off in arguably one of the worlds most beautiful forests – and then we get to ride through it with absolutely no one around. After the chopper drops us into the mix, we’ll ride the tight single track through pristine forest, traverse big bluffs, take on some grunty climbs and enjoy a lengthy downhill descent to the end of the trail to finish it all off. It really is the jewel in the crown of New Zealand riding and the ultimate way to round off our trip.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 5 hours DISTANCE: 32 km CLIMB: 2331 metres DESCENT: 2513 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 5 A bit more Redwoods - backcountry!
A bit more Redwoods – backcountry!
It’s back into our Land Rovers and straight to the goods. Today we’ll get a little rowdier and delve deeper into Whakarewarewa Forest, exploring some of the lesser known gems and check out some local secrets. If you thought our first shuttles day was epic, then you’ll be frothing by the end of this day. With trails that have names like Kung Fu Walrus, Billy-T and Hot X Buns, you KNOW it can only mean it’ll be a tonne of fun, and just a little bit rowdy.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 5 hours DISTANCE: open CLIMB: none! DESCENT: As much as you want MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 6 Depart
Today is the last day of your Rotorua Hero Dirt riding adventure with New Zealand Mountain Biking. We hope you’ll have enjoyed your time here, having ridden some of the best trails in New Zealand and taken in the best scenery on the planet in the process. Our specialty is first class guiding, being welcoming hosts, taking care of all the logistics and nitty gritty details, and ensuring it’s all done in style. We’ll send you home relaxed, refreshed and looking forward to the next epic ride.
The Dirt on the Details
RIDER SKILL LEVEL
Grade 4, upper intermediate to advanced
Resting up in comfortable lodging and surroundings at the end of a days ride is important. We don’t like to dirtbag it anymore, so neither should you. We’ve selected lodges that are rider friendly and understand the importance of a place to hang out, wash your bike, socialise and exaggerate about riding experiences at the end the day on the trail.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Riding snacks and post ride refreshments – because you need fuel
All transport and shuttles – all you need to concentrate on is riding
Guiding and hosting
All park entrance fees to our national parks and riding areas
International & domestic flights
Extra personal riding gear. Eg. elbow pads, water/hydrations system backpack etc