Worldwide Cyclery and New Zealand Mountain Biking join forces on a 9 day epic Kiwi riding adventure.
Don't miss your chance to join Jeff from Worldwide Cyclery in New Zealand
GRADE 3-4 INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED
DAYS 9 (8 days riding)
COST AUD 3899+GST
COST USD 2999+TAX
COST GBP 2599+TAX
COST NZD 3999+TAX
COST CAD 3999+TAX
COST EUR 2899+TAX
COST USD 2999+TAX
TRIP DATES DEC 2-10 2019
BEST FLIGHTS – FLY INTO AUCKLAND AND ON TO ROTORUA. ASK US FOR HELP WITH FLIGHT DISCOUNTS!
Join Jeff 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 10, 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 Ride 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 back to our pad in Rotorua.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 4 hours DISTANCE: 19 km CLIMB: 673 metres DESCENT: 673 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 Ride 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: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 3 hours DISTANCE: 11 km CLIMB: 500 metres MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 5 A bit more Redwoods - backcountry!
A bit more Redwoods – backcountry!
Today we’ll delve deeper into Whakarewarewa Forest, explore some of the lesser known gems and check out some local secrets. It’ll back into our Land Rovers and straight to the goods. 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 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 7 Ride Oropi and swim Mt Maunganui Beach
Ride & beach time – Mt Maunganui
We’ll ride some proper native forest today – the soil and root structure of our native trees and sub canopy means here retains enough moisture to stay tacky, but also drains perfectly – and the loam factor is high!! Notably, there are very few rocks or tree roots here, making the flow factor high, but with some spice for those who are keen!
We’ll compliment our ride with a post ride beach swim at Mount Maunganui beach – one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand. If anyone is keen, there is a classic short hike to the top Mauao – an extinct volcano overlooking the coastline.
ACCOMMODATION: Rotorua Riding House RIDE TIME: 4 hours DISTANCE: 15-20 km MEALS: (B,L,D)
DAY 8 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 9 Depart
Today is the last day of your North Island riding adventure with Worldwide Cyclery 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.