7-Day North Island Trail Hunter Bike Tour
Product Code: 3736-122299
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Maori cultural experience and performance
  • • Traditional Maori ‘Hangi’
  • • Hot Pools entry to Tokaanu
  • • Exhilarating jet boat transfer
Tour Code
3736-122299
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Wellington
Tour Type:
Bike
Language:
English
Itinerary
Day 01
Rotorua

Auckland - Rotorua

Hotel: Local hostel or similar

Kia ora, and welcome to New Zealand, where you’ll find some of the best mountain biking anywhere in the world.

We'll kick things off early, meeting at the lounge of Haka Lodge Auckland where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast your guide will introduce everyone and run through everything you need to know to maximize your time in New Zealand.

Around 9:00am we'll leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind and proceed to its pride and joy - the new 440 Mountain bike park (home to some insane gravity fuelled descents). Catering for beginners through to the more advanced, this is the place to get your heart pumping and your brakes screaming!

Saying goodbye to the Auckland trails, we head on to the land of Mountain Bike Dreams: Rotorua (where we will be based for the next two nights).

After an exhilarating days riding, you will be well fed and entertained with a Maori Cultural evening where you will experience our proud Maori Heritage and fill your “puku” with a traditional “Hangi.”

Tips:


Your would be informed of the accommodation information once your reservation is confirmed.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Rotorua

Rotorua

Hotel: Local hostel or similar

This is it, the Big Kahuna, El Grande de New Zealand; the place dreams are made of. After waking in “Rotovegas,” munching on some breakky and with the iconic geothermal sulphur aroma tingling your senses, you will be chomping at the bit to get in a full day amongst some of the finest riding NZ has to offer.

On a recent visit, Australia Mountain Bike (AMB) magazine declared that these are the world’s best mountain bike trails. As locals, we can tell you they aren’t wrong, and today you get to see why.

With master crafted trails, unbeatable riding surfaces, well-draining volcanic soils, varying topography and fantastic panoramic scenery, it’s no wonder Rotorua is renowned among mountain bikers as one of the world’s premier riding destinations. With around 130km of continually evolving trails, there is something to cater for all levels of rider, from beginners through to experts looking for extreme action.

Using South Star Shuttles to get you from bottom to top is a leg-saver and is included in the tour, but we also highly recommend the add-on of one of the famous MTB Skill Clinics, run by top NZ MTB Pros.

After a massive day of trails, we take a much-needed soak in one of New Zealand’s hidden natural geothermal gems, Kerosene Creek.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Taupo

Rotorua - Taupo

Hotel: Haka Lodge Taupo or similar

Leaving Rotorua bright and early, we'll drive for one hour down the Thermal Explorer Highway to Taupo, taking in the awesome unique sights of the geothermal wonderland and a few boiling mud-pools and geysers along the way.

Arriving in Taupo, we'll head straight out for a morning of riding at the creme de la creme of local tracks and award winning MTB Park - “Craters of the Moon”. Boasting the same self-draining volcanic pumice soils as Rotorua, this place showcases some awesome XC and single-track options.

Taking a cheeky peek on the ride home at the impressive Huka Falls or Awatea Dam may entice you to go on one of the many adventure options available in Taupo. Take advantage of the free afternoon to rest your legs and try one of the many awesome add-ons available, from bungy jumping and skydiving, to jet boating and kayaking; there’s something for everyone.

After grabbing dinner in town, prepare for one of the highlights of this trip - the famous night rides.

Starting at Spa Park, we go on an epic night ride guided by lights provided by your guide. This is guaranteed to put a grin on your face, so too will the hot soak in the thermal stream.

Day 04
Ohakune

Taupo - Ohakune

Hotel: Local hostel or similar

After resting your legs yesterday afternoon, you will be pumped and eager to tackle what is called ‘The Greatest One Day Mountain Bike Ride in the North Island’ - the 42 Traverse.

We have an early breakfast in Taupo and head south towards Tongariro National Park, where we experience the privilege of riding the awesome 42 Traverse.

Renowned for the long and often rutted downhills, the 42 Traverse track will test even the most ardent kamikaze freak. In this picturesque alpine region the views of the volcanic plateau are phenomenal, including Mountains of Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies), Ruapehu and Tongariro (which gives its name to the National Park itself).

Taking in 46km (4-7 hours) of XC and backcountry goodness will certainly work up an appetite. Luckily, we provide a hearty packed lunch for you today. Bragging over 520m of overall descent on old logging tracks through remote native bush, the track surface varies from gravel to mud, includes some stream crossings, and, of course, the few inevitable up-hills!

A welcome pickup awaits you at the end of the trail, as does a refreshing cold beer at Cafe39 South. How about a trip to Tokaanu Hot Springs, where more geothermal pools are waiting to soothe those aching muscles?

Day 05
Ohakune

Ohakune

Hotel: Local hostel or similar

The mountains will greet you this morning when you wake up in Ohakune and grab a bite to eat before retracing our steps slightly north to what seems like the middle of the wilderness. Here, another one of New Zealand’s most iconic and incredible one-day adventure rides awaits.

Taking in the Kaiwhakauka Track and part of the Mangapurua Track, the ride along the Bridge to Nowhere trail is nothing short of amazing. This mountain bike ride boasts all the characteristics of a first-class adventure: amazing native bush, rivers, suspension bridges, intriguing history and a variety of tracks once used by pioneers.

At approximately 42kms in length, this breathtaking trail showcases the Bridge To Nowhere as the iconic symbol of the failed pioneering settlement of the Mangapurua Valley in the 1930s. The remoteness is outstanding - this is classic New Zealand backcountry at its finest! The ride includes mainly downward sloping single-track and 4WD (Grade 3-4) which will have you deciding whether to put your hands on your camera or your brake levers!

After riding through the bush for 4-5 hours to the Bridge to Nowhere, you will arrive at the bubbling Whanganui River (good thing lunch is included today, no shops here!) Rather than make you ride all the way back up the hills, you can sit back and relax (or not) as a jet boat pickup is at your service. The thrilling jet-boat trip will take you down the Whanganui River all the way to Pipiriki, where you will no doubt be nodding off in the bus on the return to Ohakune for a well-deserved rest.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Wellington

Ohakune - Wellington

Hotel: YHA Wellington or similar

After a few massive days of back-to-back riding, taking in some of the best New Zealand has to offer, we'll make a beeline towards the Capital - Wellington.

The adrenaline doesn’t stop just because the bikes are on the trailer today. En-route to Wellington there is a chance to stop at Mokai Gravity Canyon, an extreme adventure park which offers the world’s most extreme flying fox: a 1.2km flying fox style zip line which reaches a top speed of 160kp/h! Pair up with a new buddy or two and fly down the canyon together. Go on, we dare you!

Cruising into Wellington during the late afternoon, we will make our way to the accommodation and set up here for the night. There are lots of awesome places to grab some dinner here in Wellington, known for its funky bars and eateries. If you have enough energy and are looking for a great night out, head to Courtney Place and its array of bars for a guaranteed night of fun.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Wellington

Wellington

We make the most of the last day on tour here and after a bite to eat for breakfast (bit of a sleep-in allowed), we go for a slight trip up the hill to get some awesome views before some singletrack goodness. Makara Peak is another brilliant Mountain Bikers paradise, and right on the doorstep of Wellington!

A huge selection of rides faces us today, and if we feel like tearing up the dirt, we can head to somewhere like the renowned Makara Peak MTB Park for some more purpose built single-track and testing downhills (one track is called ‘Vertigo’ - guess why?). Alternatively, if we feel like another backcountry epic, we can opt for something along the lines of the RedRocks Loop or Skyline Tracks.

After the morning on the saddle, we all head back down into the Capital City to have a look around the town, and take time out for a bit of lunch with the group before saying goodbye to the fellow riders you have met over the past week as they board the ferry for Cook Straight, and you finish your last afternoon of the North Island tour.

The tour ends today whenever your legs tell you they have had enough, or the sunlight fades. There are some fantastic restaurants and eateries in Wellington, renowned for it’s cuisine, so after a full week’s riding, you deserve a bit of a treat to celebrate! If you haven’t had enough and want to hit the trails for one more day, or you just want to rest the legs and explore the sights of Wellington, please feel free to add an extra night’s stay (or two) to your booking.

Tips:
Tour ends at YHA Wellington at around 5:00pm.
Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • An epic 7 Day Mountain Bike tour over some of NZ’s best singletrack, scenic backcountry and thrilling downhills
  • All transport to New Zealand’s best MTB locations
  • All shuttles on Redwoods, 440 MTB Park and Bridge to Nowhere Trails
  • 6 night accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunches on days four and five
  • Expert and friendly tour manager with local knowledge
  • All maps, detailed trail advice and recommendations
  • Small group sizes (16 max)
  • Maori cultural experience and performance
  • Traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (food cooked using heated rocks buried in an underground oven)
  • Hot Pools entry to Tokaanu and two other secret NZ thermal springs
  • Exhilarating jet boat transfer from NZs greatest one day ride
  • Entry fees into three of NZ’s best purpose built MTB parks and trials
  • Quality riding lights for the special Haka Night Adventure Ride (if you do not already own some)
  • Guided tour of every location plus many surprise stops on the way

Package Excludes

  • Bikes
  • Tips
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional Activity (availability subject to change)
    - Skydiving over Lake Taupo
    - Water Touch Bungy
    - MTB Skills Clinic
    - Mokai Gravity Canyon
    - Extra nights’ accommodation Wellington
    - Nelson Sun Excursion 2 Day Tour
Special Notes
  • Everybody generally has their own trusty steed that they love as much (if not more) than their own family. Our tours are designed for riders to bring their own bikes, however we are able to sort out good quality, late model full suspension or hard-tail bikes for the duration of your tour. Just get in touch!
  • Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack.
  • As we are on a Mountain Biking trip around NZ, there will be a reasonable amount of physical ability and fitness needed. We have arranged the itinerary to include some epic and adventurous longer days mixed in with shorter recovery and fun days. If you feel like a rest day or to take it easy, no problems at all, there are usually a range of alternative riding options we can sort out. As with all Haka Tours though, ultimately, the day’s itinerary is up to you, if the group feels like a shorter ride (or a longer one), there are always loads of different options we can arrange. If you ride 2-3 times per week, and classify yourself as a ‘Weekend Warrior’- you will be just fine.
  • As we will be including a range of different types of trails in the different locations we are riding, (e.g from flowy singletrack to fun downhills and even to some uphill grinds to keep you honest) we recommend bringing a bike that can handle all of the above. We advise bringing a sturdy full-suspension bike to get the most enjoyment out of our trips, however, a robust front suspension bike may be fine as well. With regards to wheel-size, some of us are pretty old school and still ride 26inch wheels, while others have gone for 29rs and 27.5ers. Whatever suits you is great, good to have a range.

    In locations where we are riding on gravity fed downhill trails, such as shuttled MTB parks, there is sometimes the option of renting a downhill specific bike for the day if you want to take it to the next level. These options will be shown as an add-on when booking, or alternatively, you can hire on the day. If you have any questions regarding whether your bike may be suitable for our trips, get in touch and we can help you out.
  • We recommend Air New Zealand as the airline to get your bike (and yourself) to New Zealand (especially from AU or US), as it enables bikes to be carried on as standard checked baggage (as long as it is packed correctly). Have a look at their information here.

    One of the easiest ways to transport your bike is with a ‘Bike Bag’, these can be usually be sourced from your local bike shop. It is an easy and convenient way to travel, and folds down nice and small so we can take it on the road. Please avoid bringing large hard case bike boxes as they take up a large amount of room on the bus and trailer!
  • What you should bring:
    Your reliable bike, a few personal repairs (spare tubes/tires/puncture kit/portable pump), helmet, riding shoes, water bottles, daily riding snacks, daypack, swimming togs, along with a positive attitude and sense of humor! Your guides will be able to provide you with a foot bike pump, lights for night riding (if you don’t already have some), and an unforgettable experience with NZ’s best mountain biking.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - Cancel outside 32 days - 10% of tour cost
    - Within 32 days -50% of tour cost
    - Within 9 days - 100% of tour cost
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Customers under 18 years old are not permitted on this tour.
* Our included accommodation is in 4 or 8 dorm share with your fellow tour guest and we stay at 5 of our own Lodges! Some rooms have an ensuite bathroom and others will have shared facilities. Most tour members love the dorms as it gives you an extra chance to bond with the other people in your group.
* Tour prices are based on NZD and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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