Burn rubber in one of the world's best tracks
Hit the exact trails that the pros ride on
Combine amazing tracks with intriguing history
It's an awesome reality to ride the NZ singletracks
Sharpen your MTB skills and have a great time
Max out your senses with serene lake views, powerful waterfalls, sweet birdsong and wild bush views.
Make new friends who share the same two-wheeled passion
High on adrenaline that is
Spend your days frolicking in the sun with your bike
Fire through the forest chasing the wind
Enjoy the variety of terrain on the tour

North Island Trail Hunter MTB

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$48
From
$1,423 USD

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!

  • Category
    Adventurous
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    4 - Advanced
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
    Flow Trail
  • Distance
    126.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.1 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Main Destination
    North Island
  • Distance
    126.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.1 miles
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
    Flow Trail

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Auckland to Rotorua

    Kia ora, and welcome to New Zealand, where you’ll find some of the best mountain biking anywhere in the world!

    Kick things off early with a meeting at 7am in the lounge of your Auckland accommodation, where your guide will have set up a continental breakfast. Over breakfast your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximize your time in New Zealand!

    When everyone's ready to go, leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind and head to Rotorua for some top-quality riding in the Whakarewarewa forest. With over 160 km (99mi) of trails, you’ll get a taster of what is to come for the rest of your 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 your two nights in Rotorua.

    TRAIL INFO

    Redwoods Forest
    Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced
    130 kilometres of trails
    Grades: 1–5

    • 2.5 miles
    • 173.9 ft
    • YHA Rotorua
    • Breakfast
  2. Day 2Rotorua

    This is it, the place dreams are made of! After waking in “Rotovegas”, munching on some brekky and with the iconic geothermal sulphur aroma tingling your senses, you will be chomping at the bit to get in a full day amongst some of the finest riding New Zealand has to offer.

    On a recent visit, Australian Mountain Bike (AMB) magazine declared that these are the world’s best mountain bike trails. The locals will tell you that 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. For those that would like to work on their form, it's highly recommended that you try the famous MTB Skill Clinics add-on which is run by top NZ MTB pros. 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 the 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


    • 45.2 miles
    • 9,215.9 ft
    • YHA Rotorua
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  3. Day 3Rotorua to Taupō

    Waking up bright and early, you'll head for a 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 available– some of the most well-made you’ve ever seen.

    Then you'll hit the road for the hour-long drive to Taupō with a stopover at some natural hot pools to soak the legs.. At Taupō  you'll have a bit of free time to explore the place and try out various activities, there's something for everyone.

    After a jam packed day, tuck in some Kiwi style BBQ before hitting the hay for a good night's rest.

    TRAIL INFO
    Skyline Rotorua
    Trails available from Intermediate to Advanced
    10.5 kilometres of trails
    Grades: 2–5
    Total Ride Time: 4-5 hours

    • 10.9 miles
    • 4,235.6 ft
    • Haka Lodge Taupō
    • Breakfast
  4. Day 4Taupō to Ohakune

    After resting your legs yesterday, you'll soon be pumped and eager 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 invigourate 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 waterfall, beautiful bird song, some sweet, sweet purpose-built MTB tracks.

    Before leaving Taupō, grab some lunch in the township and take a look at the impressive Huka Falls - New Zealand’s most visited tourist attraction. From there it’s a drive to Ohakune, the final stop for the evening. Ready your cameras - en route you'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


    • 13.3 miles
    • 1,217.2 ft
    • Station Lodge Ohakuna
    • Breakfast
  5. Day 5Ohakune

    The mountains greet you this morning when you wake up in Ohakune and grab a bite to eat (and maybe some pictures next to the ‘big carrot’) before retracing your 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 km (21mi) long, this breathtaking trail showcases the Bridge To Nowhere as the 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 includes mainly downward sloping single-track and 4WD which will have you deciding whether to put your hands on 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

    • 44.3 miles
    • 5,561 ft
    • Station Lodge Ohakune
    • Breakfast
  6. Day 6Ohakune to Wellington

    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 the Old Coach Road would be good for an early morning spin. Your guide can point you on the right direction and pick you up at the end.

    Mid-morning the group will make a beeline towards the capital - Wellington. Even if the bikes are packed away in the trailer it doesn't mean the fun has to end! En route to Wellington there are classic Kiwi--style  stops and activities to get your competitive spirit up. Be on the look out for wild Kaimanawa horses and maybe a few hobbits searching for Mordor.

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

    TRAIL INFO

    The Old Coach Road
    Intermediate Trail
    14.2 Kilometers of trail
    Grade 2

    • YHA Wellington
    • Breakfast
  7. Day 7Wellington

    On your last day, try and beat the sun up this morning for a trip to the local MTB park at Makara. The steady climb will take you over 40km (29 mi) 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

    Total Ride Time: 2-3 hours

    • 10.3 miles
    • 2,017.7 ft
    • Breakfast