Get a bit higher, more technical and push it a little more on this advanced classic.
GRADE 4 ADVANCED
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When riding is your thing but keeping it mellow is where it’s at for you.
This is a chance to experience the forest on easy singletrack without having to bust your butt.
DAY 1 Arrive Rotorua
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, and no mountain biking trip to New Zealand is complete without descending into the world famous Redwoods! 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, to rutty climbs, and technical ditches. Rotorua is famous for its “Hero Dirt” – tacky, with minimal rocks – all set up for maximum fun.
ACCOMMODATION: Okere Falls Lake House RIDE TIME: 3-5 hours DISTANCE: Up to you MEALS: (L,D)
DAY 2 Waihaha Hut Trail
Ride Waihaha Hut Trail
We’ll head south this morning towards New Zealand’s largest lake – Lake Taupo, and make our way west to the beginning of the Waihaha trail. We’ll start off meandering alongside the banks of the Waihaha river. Things get more technical as we leave the shrubland and enter into dense podocarp rainforest. There’s some quick fire intense climbs and descents en route to the Waihaha hut where we’ll have lunch and make our way back to the trail head. After our ride we’ll head south into the volcanic central plateau.
ACCOMMODATION: Ohakune Lodge RIDE TIME: 4 hours DISTANCE: 19 km CLIMB: 673 metres DESCENT: 673 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 3 Bridge to Nowhere
Ride the Bridge to Nowhere
We’ll head south this morning towards New Zealand’s largest lake – Lake Taupo, and make A remote backcountry jewel is in store today. We’ll drive west towards Whanganui National Park – arguably New Zealands most remote and visually stunning parks. We’ll kick straight into a climb as we enter the forest – get into a granny gear and stick with it for 5km but we’ll be sure to make some mandatory stops to turn around and soak in the stunning mountain views along the way. After our climb we’ll ride the Mangapurua ridge line with yet more incredible views of Whanganui national park before long ride down to the famous Bridge to Nowhere – a symbol of the failed attempts by early pioneers to settle in such a remote
environment. After the ride we’ll take a jetboat ride down the Whanganui River to our waiting shuttle and return to Ohakune.
ACCOMMODATION: Ohakune Lodge RIDE TIME: 7 hours DISTANCE: 34 km CLIMB: 2300 metres DESCENT: 2561 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Rainbow Mountain
Ride Rainbow Mountain
A drive back north this morning brings us to “Kerosene Creek”, where the Rainbow Mountain ride begins. We’ll start out with a lung busting 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 riding, then we can easily stop for some flow trail laps in the Redwoods for good measure.
ACCOMMODATION: Okere Falls Lake House RIDE TIME: 3 hours DISTANCE: 11 km CLIMB: 500 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 5 Free Day, bike fix workshop or ride the Redwoods
Free Day, bike fix workshop or ride the Redwoods
Rotorua is the cultural heart of New Zealand, and a fantastic place to explore, given the variety of options available – from zip lining, to lake cruises to rafting. We can point you in the right direction and help you reserve any activities you might like to do. Or if you’re keen to kick back and relax, it’s also a good idea to have a non-activity day to be rested for the following days riding! For those who are keen, we’ll have our bike guide and guru hold a bike maintenance workshop today, to go over our bikes and satisfy our need to tinker with our bikes. It’s good wholesome bike-nerd fun! If you’d prefer to ride today, there’s a chance to get back into the Redwoods and explore more of the vast network of trails on offer.
ACCOMMODATION: Okere Falls Lake House RIDE TIME: optional MEALS:(B,L,D)
DAY 6 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: Okere Falls Lake House RIDE TIME: 5 hours DISTANCE: 32 km CLIMB: 2331 metres DESCENT: 2513 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 7 Depart
Today is the last day of your North Island riding adventure with us. 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.
Heli Biking on the Pakihi Track (from NZ$599 per person)
If you’ve chosen to stay on for this extra last day, get ready for the most unique heli biking trip in New Zealand, in one of the most beautiful areas in the North Island – the East Cape. After a drive through native forest and fertile plains of the Bay of Plenty, we’ll board a helicopter (complete with bike racks!) and fly into the densely forested of the Urutawa Conservation Area. This is BIG country, and the views are spectacular. After the drop off by our heli shuttle we’ll begin our ride on the Pakihi track. If there’s more fun to be had on a video gamey forest trail, we’re yet to find it. The mix of dense forest, views out across the river, cool bridges and non stop descent make this ride truly out of the box, and best of all, we’ll have it to ourselves! There are some steep drop offs in a couple of sections on the track, so we’ll be kept on our toes.
At the end of our ride we’ll head back to Rotorua.
The Dirt on the Details
RIDER SKILL LEVEL
Grade 2 – easy (with symbols here or something)
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 and hotels 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, except for your free day in Rotorua where lunch and dinner are on you.
Riding snacks – 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
Bike (although we encourage you to bring your own bike)
International & domestic flights
Extra personal riding gear. Eg. elbow pads, water/hydrations system backpack etc