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NZ MTB Dreamer Tour
Take in the lush forests and epic, adventurous trails of the North Island, and complement it with the high country tracks and purpose built parks of the South Island. Sample the cream of the crop of Aotearoa’s mountain biking, exploring the full length of the country to experience some of the best rides in the world.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration16 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
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?
These tours are aimed at the MTB enthusiasts out there; 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 have any questions regarding your skills just get in touch with the operator and they will be able to help you out. They offer MTB Skills Clinics and plenty of guidance on tour for anyone who needs additional help so it’s a great opportunity for beginners to quickly advance their skills.
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 traveling alone, can I join this trip?
Definitely. Many of the guests are solo travelers so absolutely jump on board.
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. It's also possible to sort out great quality, late model full suspension Specialized bikes for the duration of your tour with the tour operator.
What are the rental bikes like?
Specialized Stumpjumper bikes provide the latest technologies developed by the team at Specialized. When you need to blend ruggedness, efficiency and downright nimbleness into one trial bike, it's hard to beat the construction of the Stumpjumper!
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 (if not renting)
- personal repairs (spare tubes/tires/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 humor!
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.
- your reliable bike (if not renting)
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 size of a tour group?
The maximum size of a Mountain Bike Tour is 14 people. The tour is booked out in advance for during these summer seasons so the average passenger number can be very close to 14.
Can you help me out for extra days before and after the tour?
Absolutely! The operator can sort you out with accommodation both before and after your tour.
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?
We normally use a 22-seater Mitsubishi Rosa, with a trailer for all your gear and bikes. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 14 people, there are always some extra seats to spread out.
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 16 in Queenstown.
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, it is ensured that there are two expert guides on tour.
Please read here for the tour operator's Covid-19 policy amendments:
As it has always been, the safety and security of our guests and team members remains our highest priority. 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
Currently only New Zealand permanent residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand.
Once the borders start to open for leisure travel, please check the country restrictions on the NZ Ministry of Health website for updated travel information, as Haka Tours cannot be held liable for refusal of entry.
If your tour has been canceled you will be provided with 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 Haka tour scheduled to depart before 31 December 2022. Haka Tours are not offering refunds on these canceled tours.
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
For those of you booked onto an upcoming tour, you can be reassured that our Haka buses are thoroughly sanitised before each tour, and following the World Health Organization (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 processes will be updated based on the latest guidelines. Our Haka 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.
Please refer to the World Health Organization (WHO) or the New Zealand Covid-19 website for any additional guidelines.
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/
NZ Covid-19 website https://uniteforrecovery.govt.nz/