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16-Day New Zealand Dreamer MTB Tour

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Highlights

Get ready for the MTB adventure of a lifetime! Trails like Redwoods, Craigieburn Range and Bridge to Nowhere may seem unfamiliar to you now but we guarantee you will fall in love with them! We meet at 7am for breakfast at our Auckland accommodation before making our way, bikes on the back, to kick off our first day of riding. In the evenings on the tour you are welcome to relax at the accommodations, rest your legs and soak in the local hot tub(s), cook in, eat out, or have a beer.As the tour starts early in the morning you can opt to stay at our Auckland accommodation the night before the tour for a stress free morning. Likewise, you can book an extra night at the Queenstown accommodation on day 16 to enjoy even more of Queenstown. Add an extra dose of awesome by including some of our fantastic add-on options such as a MTB Skills Clinic and skydiving – our customisable business model is totally unique and has won us a swag of awards.

What You'll Get

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Rotorua

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
Kia ora, and welcome to New Zealand, where you’ll find some of the best mountain biking in the world!

We kick things off early, meeting at 7am in the lounge of our Auckland accommodation, 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 maximise your time in New Zealand!

When we're ready to go, we leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind us and head to Rotorua for some top-quality riding in the Whakarewarewa forest. With over 160 kilometres of trails, you’ll get a taste of what is to come for the rest of our time in this world famous corner of New Zealand.

Afterwards, head into town for the feed of your choice before settling down for the first of our two nights in Rotorua.

TRAIL INFO

Redwoods Forest

Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced

130 kilometres of trails

Grades: 1–5

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: YHA Rotorua

Day 2: Rotorua

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
This is it; the place MTB dreams are made of. After waking in “Rotovegas” with the iconic geothermal sulphur aroma tingling your senses, you will be excited to start the finest riding New Zealand has to offer.

On a recent visit, Australian Mountain Bike (AMB) magazine declared 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. There is something to cater for all levels of rider, from beginners starting out 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 adding to your tour the famous MTB Skill Clinic, run by top NZ MTB pros, for those that would like to work on their form. If you’d like to do the MTB Skills Clinic you’ll need to book in advance, at least 45 days before your tour starts.

After an exhilarating day’s riding, you will be well fed and entertained with a Māori Cultural evening where you will experience our proud Māori heritage and fill your puku (stomach) with a traditional hāngī.

TRAIL INFO

Redwoods Forest

Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced

130 kilometres of trails

Grades: 1–5

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Dinner: After a day riding, you will experience our proud Māori heritage and fill your puku (stomach) with a traditional hāngī.
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: YHA Rotorua

Day 3: Rotorua to Taupō

Stop At: Lake Taupo, Taupo New Zealand
Waking up bright and early, we head for our first gondola-accessed bike park, Skyline Rotorua. The park is used for the legendary Crankworx Slopestyle World Tour each year. There’s a fantastic range of tracks here – some of the most well-made you’ve ever seen.

After all the gravity fun we hit the road for an hour-long drive to Taupō, stopping off at some natural hot pools to soak the legs. Once at Taupō you will have some free time to explore the town, or an optional activity; from bungy jumping and skydiving to hole-in-one golf; there's something for everyone!

When you return from your fun packed day, tuck into a Kiwi style BBQ before you hit the hay with a full stomach ready for tomorrow's trails.

TRAIL INFO

Skyline Rotorua

Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced

10.5 kilometres of trails

Grades: 2–5
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 4: Taupō to Ohakune

Stop At: STATION LODGE - YHA Ohakune, 60 Thames St, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand
After yesterday’s rest you will be pumped to ride the beautiful, scenic and undulating terrain of the W2K and Headland Loop – part of the Great Lake Trail around Lake Taupō.

The Great Lake Trail is an epic journey to invigorate your senses. It follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupō, and takes in the stunning views across the water to the majestic volcanic mountains beyond. Enjoy extensive native bush, dramatic scenery, serene lake views, powerful waterfalls, beautiful bird song, and some sweet, sweet purpose-built MTB tracks.

Before leaving Taupō we’ll grab some lunch in the township and take a look at the impressive Huka Falls - New Zealand’s most visited tourist attraction.

From here it’s a drive to Ohakune, our final stop for the evening. Ready your cameras - en route we’ll be passing through New Zealand's only desert and some stunning volcanic ranges.

TRAIL INFO

Great Lake Trail

Intermediate trail

22.5-kilometre ride

Grade: 3
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Station Lodge, Ohakune

Day 5: Ohakune

Stop At: Bridge to Nowhere, Mangapurua Landing, Whanganui River, 3127 New Zealand
The mountains greet you this morning when you wake up in Ohakune and we 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 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 34 kilometres long, this breathtaking trail showcases the Bridge To Nowhere; an 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 starts with a slow climb on a 4WD track to the highest point of the trail then descends gradually for 5km to single-track in the incredible native bush - it’ll be tough to decide between 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. 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 scenic 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.

TRAIL INFO

Bridge to Nowhere

Intermediate trail

34 kilometres of trail

Grade: 3

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Station Lodge Ohakune

Day 6: Ohakune to Wellington

Stop At: YHA Wellington Backpacker Hostel, 292 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
This morning your guide has some scheduled rest time, and you’re more than welcome to take a break too! For those keen on another trail why not head along to the Old Coach Road for an early morning spin? Your guide can point you in the right direction and pick you up at the end.

Mid-morning we make a beeline south towards the capital – Wellington. But the fun doesn’t stop just because the bikes are in the trailer! En route to Wellington there are classic Kiwi-style stops and activities to get your competitive spirit up. Look out for the wild Kaimanawa horses... and maybe even a few hobbits searching for Mordor!

This evening there are lots of awesome places to grab dinner in wonderful and windy Wellington, known for its funky bars and eateries. If you have enough energy and are looking for a great night out, head to Courtenay Place and its array of bars for a night of fun.

TRAIL INFO

The Old Coach Road

Intermediate Trail

14.2 Kilometers of trail

Grade 2

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at YHA Wellington

Day 7: Wellington to Nelson

Stop At: Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, 116/122 S Karori Road Karori, Wellington 6012 New Zealand
We try and beat the sun up this morning for a trip to the local MTB park at Makara, where a steady climb takes us to over 40km of perfectly made, flowing trails with a backdrop of the country’s coolest city.

TRAIL INFO

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park

Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced

Over 40 kilometres of trail

Grades: 1–5
Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: Interislander Ferry Terminal Picton, Auckland St, Picton 7281, New Zealand
After a morning on the trails we set sail in the afternoon across the Cook Strait, between the North and South Islands. From the decks of the ferry Wellington will fade from view and before long we’ll be greeted with views of the stunning Marlborough Sounds and even dolphins if we're lucky!

After arriving in Picton, we travel the vineyard-scattered road to Nelson. A biker paradise on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park, riders are truly spoilt for choice and face a feast of cycling options tomorrow.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: InnBetween Nelson

Day 8: Nelson

Stop At: Nelson i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 77 Trafalgar Street Millers Acre Centre, Nelson 7040 New Zealand
Today is a scheduled day of rest for your tour manager, but there are plenty of tracks and trails on your doorstep to choose.

From high alpine environments to lush native forests within a 10km radius of Nelson City there are over 30 trails ranging from grade 2 to grade 5. You'll find multiple DH tracks, flow tracks, root-infested technical challenges, fun bermed loops and classic back country epics.

It's not hard to see why the Coppermine Loop is one of the most epic trails in the country. This alpine route winds its way through the Codgers Mountain Bike Park, along the route of New Zealand’s first railway, before emerging into the alpine mineral belt near the summit of Dun Mountain (878 metres).

From the top, you are faced with a professionally built singletrack descent that drops for over 10 kilometres, emerging at the Maitai Dam. The last stretch of the ride follows the Maitai river right back into the heart of Nelson.

End the day with a walk to the ‘Centre of New Zealand’, a geographical landmark, for some stunning views and photo opportunities.

TRAIL INFO

Codgers MTB Park

Trails available from Beginner to Double Black

27 kilometres of trail

Grades: 2–5

Coppermine Loop

39 kilometres

Grades: 3–4

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: InnBetween Nelson

Day 9: Nelson to Christchurch

Stop At: Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013 New Zealand
Time to rest those legs! This morning we eat breakfast, pack up the bikes and leave sunny Nelson heading to the coast for a scenic and enjoyable trip down to Christchurch, experiencing some interesting sights on the way.

We pass through the heart of the South Island, over the Southern Alps via the native bush-covered Lewis Pass and onto the eastern side towards Christchurch.

Nearing the beautiful Garden City, your guide will point out a couple of trails to get you pumped up for the next day.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Haka Lodge Christchurch or All Stars Inn on Bealey

Day 10: Christchurch to Castle Hill

Stop At: Christchurch Adventure Park, 225 Worsleys Rd, Cracroft, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
Today the South Island MTB fun really begins! A couple more tour members may join us this morning, so we will have a brief chat over breakfast before heading out to the cream of the crop: Christchurch trails. These are seriously fun rides!

From a superb winding singletrack around Godley Heads, to tracks such as Flying Nun and Anaconda, you know you will be in for a treat on the perfectly built XC and DH trails that only the locals know. Today you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Southern Alps, Banks Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.

In the afternoon, we head to the Christchurch Adventure Park for some lunch and fun laps. After we have ridden our fair share of Christchurch’s best, we rally the troops and move onto our next destination: Castle Hill.
Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: 3458526, Castle Hill 7580, New Zealand
We’ll be staying at the epic Porters Lodge tonight, and dinner is included. Fancy an evening ride? There are some super fun trails near the lodge to keep you entertained until sundown.

Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible - please contact info@hakatours.com for more information.

TRAIL INFO

Port Hills Trails

Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced

60.5 kilometres of trails

Grades: 3–6

Christchurch Adventure Park

Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced

40 kilometres of trails

Grades: 1–6

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Portes Lodge

Day 11: Castle Hill

Stop At: Craigieburn Trails - Castle Hill, Castle Hill Dr, Castle Hill 7580, New Zealand
Today starts with a white-knuckle classic: the Craigieburn Edge, home to mystical limestone rocks and gold tussock.

This is a true alpine track, crossing 37-degree scree slopes, dipping in and out of bush.

Pioneered for ski tourism over 70 years ago, these trails were tackled by intrepid cyclists before mountain biking was even a thing!

If you want something more relaxed, there’s the newly constructed Hogs Back Track – a perfect blend of natural trails with berms in just the right spots for flow.

Tonight is your second - and final - night at Porters Lodge. Swap trail stories with your new mates over dinner (included) and be ready for more activities tomorrow.

Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible - please contact info@hakatours.com for more information.

TRAIL INFO

Craigieburn Trails

Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced

24 kilometres of trails

Grades: 3–6

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Dinner
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Porters Lodge

Day 12: Castle Hill to Wanaka

Stop At: Mt Hutt Bike Park, Rosehill Rd, Mount Hutt 7782, New Zealand
It's difficult to leave these views behind, but today we track on to another picturesque South Island MTB haven: Wanaka.

En route we stop off at Mt Hutt for some fun laps on their beautiful network of flowing trails then head towards Geraldine for some lunch.

After lunch we drive along one of New Zealand’s most scenic roads, taking in views of Lake Tekapo and Aoraki Mt Cook before winding our way down to Wanaka.

Wanaka is a stunning lakeside town with some incredible bars and restaurants where you can kick back and scroll through the best pictures from your drive to upload to your social media.

TRAIL INFO

Mt Hutt Bike Park

Intermediate to Advanced

36 trails

Grades: 2-6

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: YHA Wanaka

Day 13: Wanaka to Queenstown

Stop At: Sticky Forest, Unnamed Road, Otago 9382, New Zealand
We start today by riding from the hostel to the local Sticky Forest for some fresh morning laps through the pine trees. Once we’ve had our fill of fun we head back to the town for a bite to eat before loading the bikes onto the trailer and heading to Alexandra.

Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: Alexandra Bridges, Alexandra New Zealand
Alexandra is a one of a kind of out-of-this-world terrain. This is a mountain biker’s dream playground, with multi-line trails allowing riders to take it easy or take on gnarlier drops and rock lines, all within whooping distance of your fellow Haka companions.

After Alexandra we make the short drive to Queenstown to check into the accommodation - your new home for the remainder of the tour. Your guide will show you around the town and point out the bars and eateries not to be missed.

TRAIL INFO

Sticky Forest

Beginner to Advanced

30+ kilometres

Grades: 1–6

Alexandra Trails

Trails available from Intermediate to Hard

|17.5 kilometres of trails

Grades: 3–4

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Pinewood Lodge

Day 14: Queenstown

Stop At: Queenstown Bike Park, Hammy's Track, Otago 9300, Otago 9300, New Zealand
Waking up in the Adventure Capital of New Zealand is an experience in itself, with impressive scenery and colossal peaks towering over the energetic lakeside town. This MTB Mecca has a whole 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 30 kilometres of tracks and a longest run of 6 kilometres.

A 450-metre 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.

Please note: this is a scheduled day of rest for your awesome guide.

TRAIL INFO

Queenstown Bike Park

Trails available from Beginner to Advanced

30 kilometres of trails

Grades: 2–6

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Pinewood Lodge

Day 15: Queenstown

Stop At: Coronet Peak, Queenstown New Zealand
Today, we’ll show you some of our local favourites. The trails descending from New Zealand’s first commercial ski resort, Coronet Peak, are world class.

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.

If you still want more gravity trails we can continue on to areas such as Remarkables DH and Gold Digger. Or for more chilled trails we can loop a few lakeside laps at 7 Mile. There are so many options it is endless, but we guarantee you will have a superb day.

This afternoon is also a great time to get some additional activities under your belt! Want to go up higher into the surrounding mountains? We totally recommend a heli-bike trip. If there’s one extra activity you are going to splash out on this trip, heli-biking 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 downhill but none of the uphill. 100% awesome!

Trail Info

Cardrona Mountain Bike Park (December 1st - March 31st only)

Trails available from Beginner to Advanced

25+ kilometres of trails

Grades 1–5

Coronet Peak (Rude Rock & Zoot Track)

Intermediate to Hard

7+ kilometres

Grades 3 -4

7 Mile Bike Park

Trails available from Intermediate to Hard

17.5 kilometres of trails

Grades: 3–5

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Pinewood Lodge

Day 16: Queenstown

Stop At: Moke Lake Road, Queenstown New Zealand
Your tour ends this afternoon, but not before you've gotten through a morning of adventure! Queenstown is the perfect place to wrap up your Kiwi adventure.

One last scenic loop in the mountains to end the tour on a high: the classic Moke Lake Loop. This ride is filled with incredible views of several lakes, high in the mountains with some truly awesome scenery.

The options are endless: jump on 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.

While the tour ends this afternoon, 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.

TRAIL INFO

Moke Lake Loop

22km

Gardes: 2-3

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: It's possible to extend your stay at Pinewood Lodge

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Inclusions
  • 16x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 16 nights
  • Some of New Zealand's best singletrack, scenic backcountry and thrilling downhills
  • All shuttles on Redwoods, Bridge to Nowhere and Queenstown Bike Park
  • Skyline Gondola Pass in Rotorua & Queenstown
  • Cook Strait ferry crossing
  • Incredible cultural experience night including hāngī dinner and traditional Māori performance
  • Experienced Haka MTB Guides with 2 guides for tours with more than 9 people


Exclusions
  • Lunch and dinner - unless specified
  • Additional activities - heli MTB e.g.


Duration
16 days

Return Details
Queenstown, New Zealand


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