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7-Day South Island Dirt Seeker Bike Tour
Product Code: 3736-122332


  • • Skyline Gondala Pass
  • • Exclusive Haka Tour Riding on Backcountry and private trails
  • • Hot Pools entry to Tekapo Hot Springs
  • • Quality riding lights for the special Haka Night Adventure Ride
Tour Code
7 days
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:
Day 01

Christchurch - Lake Tekapo

Hotel: Haka Lodge Tekapo or similar

Kia Ora, and welcome to New Zealand for some of the best mountain biking you are going to find anywhere on the world.

We'll start early, meeting at the lounge of Haka Lodge Christchurch, where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximize your time here.

We'll waste no time heading out to the best Christchurch trails. These are seriously fun rides. From the superb winding singletrack around Godley Heads, and tracks with names such as Flying Nun and Anaconda, you know you will be privileged, and in for a good time on the perfectly built XC and DH trails in Christchurch that only the locals know.

Panoramic views of the looming Southern Alps, right out over Banks Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean will wow you; on a clear day its doesn’t get much better than this.

In the afternoon, we rally the troops and make a path towards the white-capped giants, going through fantastic postcard material scenery to arrive at the glacial Lake Tekapo.

A relaxing soak at the renowned Tekapo Hot Springs is an included today; after a day’s riding, there is nothing better than a hot soak in a nice spa. And once the sun goes down it gets even better. Thanks to the super clear skies, the area around Tekapo has been declared a “Dark Sky Reserve” and it’s the best place in New Zealand to see the stars and galaxies above. Watch the stars come out over the lake from the hostel that’s just a few feet from the shore.


You will be informed of the accommodation information once your reservation is confirmed.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Lake Ohau

Lake Tekapo - Ohau

Hotel: Local hostel or similar

They say New Zealand has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. After waking up in Tekapo, and having breakfast by the ice blue lake, you will be sure to agree.

Today we get right amongst it, kicking off and complimenting yesterdays single-track with the nearby Grade 4 Backcountry Richmond Trail, a bit of an XC and single-track delight. This trail has unsurpassed, stunning views of Lake Tekapo and the nearby mountains, a definite gem on the tour for the morning ride.

We have a bite to eat in Tekapo and then meander over to the next destination of Ohau, just down the road. This afternoon you get to be one of the special few lucky enough to ride extraordinary private trails near Ohau Ski Lodge that others simply do not have access to.

A stay at Lake Ohau Lodge, near the shores of the lake, is an experience in itself. Even though it has the incredibly friendly culture of a ski lodge, it is actually run more like a hotel and we totally love the “faded glamour” feel of roaring open fires and panoramic lake views. This evening a tantalizing "High Country Fare" three Course Meal is included (vegetarian options available).

Visiting Attractions

Day 03

Ohau - Wanaka

Hotel: Local hostel or similar

Even though it’s difficult to leave the views of Lake Ohau Lodge behind, we track on, and depart to another vividly picturesque South Island MTB haven: Wanaka.

Arriving in Wanaka mid-morning, we ride creative single-track and purpose built trails with interestingly named trails such as Fuzzy Nuts and Hairy Bush. A few runs around Sticky Forest and Deans Bank will have you begging for more!

Feel free to keep riding, but make sure you save your legs for the next few enormous days. You have a free afternoon to enjoy the sights and sounds of Wanaka, or experience one of our thrilling add-ons activities.

Once dinner is eaten, it’s time for another of Haka’s famous night rides around some of Wanaka’s perfect trails. Whip around the expertly contoured tracks guided by the lights provided by your guide and the glistening stars above. It truly doesn’t get much better than this. Welcome to MTB paradise.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04

Wanaka - Queenstown

Hotel: Haka Lodge Queenstown or similar

An early start in Wanaka leaves us with a short scenic drive over the magnificent Crown Range, down into Arrowtown for a feast of Cross-Country awesomeness.

Shooting straight into another one of NZ’s pride and joys, the Macetown Trail, you head out on a 26km (2-4hr) backcountry ride following a journey that, in the old days, would take gold miners three days up the remote Arrow River to the historic gold mining town of Macetown. Hope you don’t mind the water as there are a fair few river crossings to keep you on your toes and, you never know, you might pick up a few gold flakes in your tires as you go. This could be a lucrative ride for you!

After a bite to eat in Arrowtown (a hearty, flavorsome pie from the Arrowtown Bakery is highly recommended), we nip on up the road to Coronet Peak area, with staggering views of Queenstown and the Remarkables. Rude Rock and the Zoot Track have been voted some of the top tracks in Queenstown by locals and visitors alike and, once you blast around and down them, we are sure you will agree.

We might even save you from the uphill sections and cart you to the top so you can fly through the downhill without delay!

After giving the brakes a bit of a workout, we head into Queenstown itself to stay at another of our very own Haka Lodges. This will be our home for two nights.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05


Hotel: Haka Lodge Queenstown or similar

Waking up in the adventure capital of New Zealand is a fantastic experience in itself, with such impressive scenery and colossal peaks towering over the energetic lakeside town. The South Island’s answer to Rotorua, this MTB Mecca has a lot to offer.

We look to the skies and see New Zealand’s first-ever Gondola assisted bike lift, providing direct access to Queenstown Bike Park. Get your suspension ready and heart pumping; there will be no granny gears here!

With over 26 world class mountain biking trails and varying terrain for all abilities, in amongst the pine trees of the Ben Lomond Reserve, Queenstown Bike Park boasts over 30km of tracks and a longest run of 6km. A 450-meter vertical rise via the Skyline Gondola gives you easy access to one of New Zealand's best mountain bike parks.

Attach your mountain bike to your Gondola cabin at the Skyline Queenstown base and enjoy the leisurely uphill Gondola ride before detaching your bike and taking on the legendary challenges of the Queenstown Bike Park. The grin will be stuck on your face for days!

What to go higher into the surrounding mountains? We totally recommend a Heli-Bike trip. If there is one extra activity you are going to splash out on this trip, a Heli-Biking tour is one of the most jaw-dropping and exhilarating activities you can do. Take to the skies to ride otherwise inaccessible trails and get all of the incredible downhill but none of the uphill. 100% awesome!

Day 06

Queenstown - Alexandra

Hotel: Local hostel or similar

Once you have been able to coerce your legs into walking, and enjoyed some breakfast, we bid farewell to Queenstown for today and head out on a trip to the pinnacle of Central Otago mountain biking: Alexandra.

Alexandra is just a short drive out of Queenstown and boasts some fantastic new trails. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations to MTB in the South Island.

A day’s riding around Flat Top Hill, on the aptly named MTB Heaven tracks will leave you awe-struck wanting more. Remember your camera today; the eye-catching, unique remoteness and barrenness of Central Otago’s best-kept secret will make a stunning backdrop to your holiday snaps.

After wearing out tread on Alexandra’s dirt playground, we stay in Roxburgh for the night. Here you can, once again, experience another of Haka Tour’s Night Rides along the Clutha River to the enormous Clyde Dam...it all looks even more amazing at night!

Visiting Attractions

Day 07

Alexandra - Queenstown

As you enter the last day of the trip, you still have one more HUGE present waiting for you over in the Southern Lakes Area: a trip back up the Crown Range to Cardrona Ski Field which will have you wondering why we are heading up a ski field with no snow.

That is the beauty of it; Cardrona Ski Field has some expertly carved downhill and freeride MTB tracks littered across its slopes just for you to enjoy. The chairlift will take you and your trusty steed near the top of the mountain to bomb down the trails till your heart’s content. You can show off all the skills you have picked up over the tour and put them to the test on the jumps and freeride park.

After shredding the slopes, we cruise back into Queenstown to finish off the tour. Jump into one of Queenstown’s many adventure activities such as jet boating, bungy jumping, luging, skydiving or rafting, or give your tires another spin and shoot out around the extensive and impressive trail network over at 7 Mile Delta, just a short ride from Queenstown on the Awatea and Sunshine Tracks. These tracks are some of the best around.

The tour ends here, but the fun doesn’t have to! Extend your stay at Haka Lodge here in Queenstown to keep the adventure going; there are many more magnificent trails around the area to experience and explore.

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


Package Includes

  • An epic 7 Day Mountain Bike tour over some of NZ’s best singletrack, scenic backcountry and thrilling downhills
  • Transport
  • Accommodation each night (max 6 share)
  • Daily breakfast each day
  • Lunch on day 6
  • Amazing 3 course dinner at the luxurious Ohau Ski Lodge
  • All shuttles on Queenstown Bike Park and Ohau Ski field
  • Skyline Gondala Pass
  • All maps, detailed trail advice and recommendations
  • Exclusive Haka Tour Riding on Backcountry and private trails
  • Expert and friendly tour manager with local knowledge
  • Small group sizes (16 max)
  • Hot Pools entry to Tekapo Hot Springs (and other secret places)
  • 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)
    - MTB Skills Clinic
    - Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride
    - Skydiving over Southern Alps
    - Nevis Bungy
    - Paragliding
    - Milford Sound Trip
    - Canyoning Queenstown
    - Kawarau Bridge Bungy
    - Horse Trekking at Glenorchy
    - Extreme Jet Boating
    - Skydiving over The Remarks
    - Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown
    - Heli-Mountain Biking  (Fat Tyre Adventure)
    - Extra Nights Accommodation Queenstown
    - Canyon Swing
    - Cardrona
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.
* Due to limited availability at time of booking, multi-share accommodation for two or more guests may be provided in separate rooms. Every endeavor will be made to ensure this does not occur, but should this be necessary you will be advised at check-in.
* 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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