Mendoza Holidays and New Zealand Mountain Biking join forces on a 10 day epic Kiwi riding adventure.
The Mendoza Holidays
New Zealand Escape
Price on request
Price on request
Join Mendoza Holidays on the mountain biking tour of a lifetime.
GRADE 3-4 INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED
COST on request
COST NZD 3999+TAX
COST on request
TRIP DATES March 30th-April 7th 2020
BEST FLIGHTS – FLY INTO AUCKLAND AND ON TO ROTORUA.
Join us in New Zealand to ride the worlds most unique back country, stay in cool lodges and shuttle into ancient forest trails by helicopter. There’s a tonne of variety on this trip, technical and tight, fast and flowy and a few climbs thrown in for good measure. Spaces are limited to 12, so get in quick. 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, 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: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 3-5 hours DISTANCE: Up to you MEALS: (L,D)
DAY 2 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: 600 metres DESCENT: 900 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 Free day in Rotorua
Free Day in Rotorua
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!
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House MEALS: (B)
DAY 5 Ride Skyline Rotorua
Ride Skyline Rotorua
It’s time to ride the trails made famous by the EWS and Crankworx – Skyline Rotorua. There’s a trail for everyone here, but a main theme is flow! If you like to get your wheels off the ground then this is the right place also, with great jump lines on fantastic dirt. Ride the gondola up and see how many laps we can do! If you’re still keen to ride more later, there’s a chance to hit more trails in the Redwoods.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: Many hours! CLIMB: 0 metres DESCENT: As much as possible MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 6 Ride the Timber Trail
Ride the Timber Trail
A drive south of Rotorua and through the volcanic heartland of the North Island brings us to the beginning of the Timber Trail – one of the most iconic multi day backcountry rides in New Zealand. After a final thorough check of our bikes and gear, we’ll head into the wild from Pureora, through dense mossy forest on single track, crossing numerous high suspension bridges over amazing forest canyons. There’s a sting in the tail on the first half of today’s ride – a 500 metre gradual ascent through cloud forest and mist, straight out of Lord of the Rings. After a break at the summit of Mt Pureora taking in the epic views, it’s an equally gradual descent down to Piropiro, and our accommodation for the evening, which definitely involves hearty food, hot showers, comfortable lodging and a well deserved drink.
ACCOMMODATION: Timber Trail Lodge RIDE TIME: 4-5 hours DISTANCE: 40 km MEALS: (B,L,D) CLIMB: 500 metres DESCENT: 540 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 7 Ride the Timber Trail
Ride the Timber Trail
Today is a day of undulation on single track through epic forest (again!), over spectacular suspension bridges, past weird and wonderful rock formations and remnants of New Zealand’s colonial history, and all round fun on the best grade 2/3 trail in the world. After the 5km mark, the significant uphill section is behind us and it’s all about the descent through the forest, New Zealand’s highest suspension bridge, and experiencing the only rideable railway spiral in the world – a relic of New Zealand’s early logging pioneers. At the end of the trail we’ll head to National Park village, at the foot of Mt Ruapehu.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME 5 hours DISTANCE: 44 km CLIMB: 400 metres DESCENT: 750 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 8 Ride Rainbow Mountain & Rafting
Ride Rainbow Mountain & Raft the Kaituna
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 9 Depart
Today is the last day of your North Island riding adventure with Menzoda Holidays and 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 3-4, 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.
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: US$500 – If you’d like your own room on this trip, this fee will lock this in.
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
International & domestic flights
Extra personal riding gear. Eg. elbow pads, water/hydrations system backpack etc
Bikes – we encourage people to bring their own bike! After all, you know your bike well and it’s your whip. If you don’t want to bring your own bike, we have full suspension trail bikes for rent at $90 per riding day of the trip.
“Five days of pure riding heaven was what we got with Jamie and the team. Great rides and not a thing to worry about. Can’t wait to come back.”