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North Island Trail Hunter MTB
Ride amongst some of the finest mountain biking New Zealand has to offer. From the white-knuckle downhills of Rotorua and perfectly flowing single-track of Taupō, to the most scenic of backcountry epics near Ohakune, this tour will leave you breathless in more ways than one!
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- TerrainFlow Trail
- Distance126.8 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance21.1 miles
What’s the terrain like and what kind of tracks will I ride?
The operator will be including a range of different types of trails from flowy singletrack to fun downhills (and even to some uphill grinds to keep you honest). There will be daily track briefings to let you know what’s coming up.
There is a very diverse range of tracks in NZ, from smooth-packed clay to technical rock gardens and everything in between. If the terrain is different to what you’re used to, don’t worry, the guides will have stacks of tips for mastering them all.
What kind of ascents/descents will I be taking on?
It depends where you go and what tracks you decide to ride each day. There are shuttles/lifts on some days as well. The main thing is if you’re an intermediate or above rider with a good level of fitness the guides will tailor things to work for you.
What MTB experience do I need to go on the tour?
The tours are aimed towards all the MTB enthusiasts out there, so most of the day’s rides are graded 2–3+, meaning there might be a few technical sections and/or steep climbs and descents and a couple of long days.
If you are an intermediate-to-advanced rider, or can handle a bike well, these tours are ideal.
How fit do I need to be?
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this active MTB tour. Included are some epic and adventurous longer days mixed in with shorter recovery and fun days. If you want to take it easy for a day it’s no problem - there are usually alternative riding options available.
I’m travelling alone, can I join this trip?
Definitely. Many of the guests are solo travellers so absolutely jump on board.
What sort of bike should I bring?
A sturdy full-suspension bike will give you the most enjoyment out of this trip, however, a robust front suspension bike may be fine as well. If you have any questions regarding whether your bike may be suitable, get in touch with the operator and they can help you out.
Do I need to bring my own bike?
Everybody generally has their own trusty steed that they love as much (if not more!) than their own loved ones. The tours are designed for riders to bring their own bikes. Alternatively, the operator can easily sort out great quality, late model full suspension Specialised bikes for the duration of your tour.
How do I get my bike to New Zealand?
The operator recommends Air 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).
A Bike Bag is easy and convenient to travel with, and folds down nice and small so you 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!
How is my bike transported while on tour?
The operator has its very own awesome bike specific trailer, which was custom built for exactly this type of trip.
What do I need to bring?
- your reliable bike
- personal repairs (spare tubes/tyres/puncture kit/portable pump),
- helmet, riding shoes, gloves, and any protective gear
- sunscreen and sunglasses - the New Zealand sun is pretty strong!
- water bottle/Camelbak (the guide will let you know where to get water on the trail)
- daily riding snacks
- swimming gear
- positive attitude and sense of humour!
Your guides can 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.
What’s the accommodation like?
The operator has hand-picked every place you stay, staying in their own lodges when possible. Standard accommodation is dorm share, with the option to upgrade to a private room.
What is the average size of a tour group?
The maximum size of a Mountain Bike Tour is 14 people. The tour is booked out in advance during summer seasons so the average passenger number can be very close to 14.
What happens if a track is closed or very bad weather?
On the rare occasions that any tracks, parks or activities are shut or have very poor conditions, going to a different, but still awesome track is usually the compromise. If not possible, the operator will refund the wholesale rate for any activity passes for that day.
What is the tour bus like?
The operator normally uses a 22 seater Mitsubishi Rosa, with a trailer for all your gear and bikes. As they only fill the bus to a maximum of 14 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about!
Will I have the time of my life?
Ohhh yes you will!
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Auckland at 7am on Day 1 and ends on Day 7 in Wellington.
Who are the tour guides?
The Tour Guides are passionate MTB-enthusiasts with heaps of experience in guiding – and they love hitting the trails hard themselves. They are there to ensure you have the best time possible, feel free to ask them any questions. For tours with nine or more people, we ensure that there are two expert guides on tour.
What are the rental bikes like?
Stumpjumper bikes provide the latest technologies developed by friends at Specialised. When you need to blend ruggedness, efficiency and downright nimbleness into one trial bike, it's hard to beat the construction of the Stumpjumper!
Please read here for the tour operator's Covid-19 policy amendments:
We understand that travel can feel a little uncertain right now, therefore we want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure your travel safety and provide maximum flexibility as the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.
LATEST TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN NEW ZEALAND
Outside of NZ citizens and residents, currently the following travellers are able to enter New Zealand:
• Quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands - commenced 17 May 2021.
• Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand - commenced 19 April 2021
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE
We understand that the world is ever-changing right now in terms of borders and bubbles opening and closing, therefore we want to reassure you that we offer flexible bookings:
Secure your tour with just NZ$99 deposit
• 100% travel credit applies if you cannot make your tour (due COVID-19 restrictions)
• Any tour amendments can be made 45 days prior to departure with no charge
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
For those of you booked onto an upcoming tour, you can be reassured that your health and safety is our number one priority and therefore we will be undertaking the following activities:
• Our buses are thoroughly sanitised before each tour.
• Following the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice, we are undertaking additional measures to adhere to the latest hygiene practices. These include cleaning & disinfecting including door handles, seats and overhead lockers on a regular basis.
• Our Lodges are also undertaking additional measures to meet the WHO guidelines.
• We request our guests to follow the hygiene guidelines from WHO including the regular washing of hands.
• Hand sanitiser will also be readily available on tour.
• Our processes will be updated based on the latest guidelines.
Please refer to the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the New Zealand Covid-19 website for any additional guidelines.
World Health Organisation https://www.who.int/
NZ Covid-19 website https://uniteforrecovery.govt.nz/
PREPARE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL
The NZ Covid Tracer app helps you protect yourself, your whānau (family) and the community by enabling faster contact tracing. Download the app before you travel to New Zealand so you’re ready to start tracking the places you visit.
CHANGING YOUR DEPARTURE DATE
Should you require to amend your departure date owing to updated border restrictions etc, our flexi-booking policy allows you to change your tour or tour start date for free up to 45 days before your tour departs. If you would like to amend your booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standard terms and conditions apply for any tour cancellations.
If your tour has been cancelled you will be offered an alternative departure date. If that does not suit, a future travel credit valued at 100% of the price paid for your tour and any ancillary services including hotels and pre-paid optional activities, but excluding airfare and insurance.
This travel credit can be applied toward any tour scheduled to depart before 30 September 2023. The Tour Operator is not offering refunds on these cancelled tours.