Mountain bike the New Zealand landscape
Enjoy a 7 day ride of the North's best spots
Discover the high suspension bridges along the route
Ride on a range of singletracks during the tour
Make new mates on this awesome trip
Incredible scenery awaits you on this tour, from the open expansive lake views, to the volcanos to the ancient forests
The tour starts and ends in the MTB mecca of Rotorua, also renowned as a thermal hotspot of NZ
Enjoy a variety of terrain on this diverse tour

New Zealand: MTB Journey of the North Island

7 days
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$3,518 USD

An incredible MTB journey over 7 days, exploring the best backcountry riding on the North Island! You will be riding pure MTB through a variety of landscapes – volcanoes, pristine rivers, stunning lakes and ancient forest. To sum it all up, a single track kingdom awaits you on the North Island! What's more, to add to your unforgettable New Zealand MTB journey, there will be great local food, excellent accommodation, first-class guides and also a fridge that’s always stocked with cold drinks! This trip runs from/to the MTB hub of Rotorua

  • Category
    Mountain Biking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    87 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    16.5 miles
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Welcome to the heart of MTB riding on NZ's North Island, Rotorua. You'll spend the first day fully exploring this MTB wonderland at the iconic 'Redwoods', Whakarewarewa Forest and head back to the central hub of Rotorua halfway through the tour to get into some more of the action. You'll enjoy soaking in hot springs, another famous feature of the town, after a day of adrenalin pumping action and benefit from a free 'rest' day in Rotorua to do as you please, perhaps try some other activities, or maybe bike some more! There's time to tinker with your bike if you prefer and a maintenance workshop is laid on, if that's your bag.

You'll also head out of town to ride the renowned Timber Trail over 2 incredible days. This classic multi-day backcountry MTB ride includes high suspension bridges, deep forest canyons, awesome rock formations and fantastical Lord Of The Rings scenery.

There's more to come as you ride the Great Lake Trail, skirting the shores of Lake Taupo, NZ's largest lake, and enjoying the flow and the clean, crisp air. For those who can hang around a little longer, there's the option on the last day of heli biking to the East Cape on the remote Pakihi track in the densely forested Urutawa Conservation Area, finishing in Rotorua. What a way to end a superb MTB tour of the North Island!

Note: In Rotorua, you can choose easier or harder tracks depending on your skill level. The rest of the cycling throughout the tour is graded 3 and is suitable for intermediate riders. This is a small group MTB tour for between 4-6 riders.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Mountain bike trail guiding on all rides
  • All ground transport and shuttles
  • 24/7 support
  • All basic bike maintenance and on trail bike maintenance
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Accommodation
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities not scheduled by tour operator (i.e. rest day activities)
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional Heli Biking
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

2 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available