4 days
New Zealand, Rotorua

Is hitting one classic kiwi ride your goal? This North Island MTB escape will tick that box and send you home grinning ear to ear!

This short getaway is a perfect choice to forget about your week-work problems and only concentrate on your riding. The gorgeous nature and smiley people are an additional support towards accomplishing that goal.

What’s the plan?

We will ride some of the best trails in New Zealand and witness the best scenery on the planet in the process. This package offers intermediate level riding with first-class guiding. Therefore, do not worry about the level of your biking! As far as you are a nature and biking enthusiast, this trip is a perfect choice for you! Comfortable lodging in the North Island’s best backcountry, excellent food & drink will add up to your experience! During this North Island MTB escape, you will taste 100 % pure New Zealand! We can guarantee that you will be booking this trip again, even before the end of the tour! 🙂

NOTICE: 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
full suspension MTB – Marin Hawke Hill 2 or similar (All bikes have dropper seats, and come with flat pedals.)
mountain bike trail guiding on all rides
all ground transport and shuttles
24/7 assistance and help
all basic bike maintenance and on trail bike maintenance
all meals as per itinerary
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
optional Heli Biking on the Pakihi Track
You are welcome to bring your own bike, pedal, helmet and other gear if you wish!

Day 1 – Arrival to Rotorua

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!

Depending on how jetlagged you will be, we will plan our day ahead and hit the perfect trail in Whakarewarewa Forest. Or how some call it – a MTB single track wonderland!  There are so many different types of features and descents, from flowy berms, to jumps through ferns and rooty wild rides. The forest offers one of the oldest MTB networks in the country, with master crafted trails and fantastic scenery. It is no wonder Rotorua is renowned among mountain bikers as a premier riding destination and it is therefore no surprise, our MTB escape will start here!

Accommodation: Okere Falls Lake House

Ride time: 3-5 hours

Distance: up to you

Meals: (L, D)


Day 2 – Ride the Timber Trail (Pureora to Piropiro)

We will start our day with a breakfast and after that drive south of Rotorua and through the volcanic heartland of the North Island. The road will bring us to the beginning of the Timber Trail – one of the most iconic multi-day backcountry MTB rides in New Zealand. After a final thorough check of our bikes and gear, we’ll head into the wild starting from Pureora. A single track will lead us through a dense mossy forest, crossing numerous high suspension bridges over some amazing forest canyons. There’s a sting in the tail on the first half of today’s ride  – a 1640 ft gradual ascent through cloud forest and mist, straight out of Lord of the Rings. After a short break at the summit of Mt Pureora taking in the epic views, it’s an equally gradual descent down to Piropiro. Back in the evening, we will relax in our comfortable lodging and taste some hearty food and a well-deserved drink.

Accommodation: Timber Trail Lodge

Ride time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 25 miles

Climb:  1640 ft, Descent: 1770 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)


Day 3 – Ride the Timber Trail (Piropiro to Ongarue) & return to Rotorua

We will enjoy the day, riding on a single track through an epic forest (again!), over spectacular suspension bridges and past weird, however wonderful rock formations and remnants of New Zealand’s colonial history. An all-around fun day on the best 2/3 grade trails in the world. After the 5km (3 miles) mark, the significant uphill section is behind us and it’s all about the descent through the forest now. You will see New Zealand’s highest suspension bridge, and experience the only rideable railway spiral in the world – a relic of New Zealand’s early logging pioneers. At the end of the trail we’ll head to National Park village, at the foot of Mt Ruapehu.

Accommodation: Okere Falls House

Ride time: 5 hours

Distance: 27 miles

Climb:  1300 ft, Descent: 2500 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)


Day 4 – 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! Optional Heli Biking on the Pakihi Track.

If you’ve chosen to stay on for this extra last day, get ready for the unique heli biking trip in New Zealand, in one of the most beautiful areas in the North Island – the East Cape. After a drive through the native forest and fertile plains of the Bay of Plenty, we’ll board a helicopter (complete with bike racks!) and fly into the densely forested Urutawa Conservation Area. After the drop off by our heli shuttle, we’ll begin our ride on the Pakihi track. If there’s more fun to be had on a video gamey forest trail, we are yet to find it! The mix of a dense forest, spectacular views of the river, cool bridges and non-stop descents make this ride truly out of the box. And what’s best of all, we’ll have it to ourselves! 

At the end of our ride we’ll head back to Rotorua.

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.