6 days
Duration
Dec-Jan-Mar
Dates
North Island, New Zealand
Location

When time is of the essence but you just have to ride and keep it all at a laid-back pace..this is the perfect trip for you!

This crafted MTB tour combines the best single tracks in and around Rotoura. We will get into the backcountry of the North Island to experience the absolute must-do wilderness. Trails will run through the virgin forest, overlooking stunning lakes, and some less known local favorites around Rotorua.

Hop on a plane and enjoy your MTB week in an absolute wilderness of the North Island! There’s a tonne of variety here and it’s right on our doorstep – technical and tight, steep, fast and flowy, and just plain sendy if you want to push it. We’ll even top it off with a helicopter shuttle into epic backcountry. Stay in cool lodging, have all your meals, transport, refreshments and details taken care of by an awesome team. So show up solo or bring some riding buddies – either way, you’ll experience the best single track of your life.

NOTICE: This trip is graded 4 on all trails and is suitable for upper-intermediate to advanced riders.

Groups up to 6 pax only.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Rotorua Regional Airport (New Zealand)
DEPARTURE TIME as per request
RETURN TIME as per request
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sport shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen
INCLUDED
guiding and hosting
accommodation
all ground transport and shuttles
all park entrance fees to our national parks and riding areas
riding snacks and post ride refreshments – because you need fuel
all meals as per itinerary
OPTIONAL
bike rent = 126 USD per day
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
travel and activity insurance
personal safety and cycling equipment insurance
tips are optional and not included in price
extra personal riding gear. Eg. elbow pads, water/hydrations system backpack etc
You are welcome to bring your own bike, pedal, helmet and other gear if you wish!
1

Day 1 –Arrive Rotorua, Ride Whakarewarewa Forest

Our trip begins in Rotorua  – the capital of mountain biking in New Zealand. You’ll see what we mean when we head into “the Redwoods”, as there’s a trail to suit anyone, and no MTB tour 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, drops to tight and technical. 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)

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Day 2 –Ride Rainbow Mountain & Rafting

After the breakfast of champions, we’ll have a very short drive to “Kerosene Creek”, where our ride will begin. We will spend around 40 min riding uphill, and afterwards enjoy the views out to Lake Taupo and North to Rotorua and the surrounding forests. 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. If you are super pumped, we can repeat the game and do it all once again! 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: 7 miles or more if you’re up for it.

Climb:  1650 ft

Meals: (B,L,D)

3

Day 3 –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

Riding time: optional

Meals: (B,L,D)

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Day 4 –Heli biking the Moerangi Trail

Things are always better when you introduce a helicopter into the mix! 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: 20 miles

Climb:  1300 ft, Descent: 1600 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

5

Day 5 –A bit more Redwoods – backcountry!

It’s back into our Land Rovers and straight to the goods. Today we’ll get a little rowdier and delve deeper into Whakarewarewa Forest, exploring some of the lesser known gems and check out some local secrets. If you thought our first shuttles day was epic, then you’ll be frothing by the end of this day. 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)

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Day 6 – Departure day

Unfortunately, this day has arrived. We will have our last breakfast together and after that, some of you will leave for the airport, or if you chose to stay another day, an epic adventure awaits!

Meals: (B)

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.