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The best of the North. The best of the South. They both come together to create the ultimate adventure, the pinnacle of Mountain Biking in New Zealand.  Over an epic 16 days, visit world famous mountain biking destinations and ride the rides you’ve only read about, but have been hanging out to try.  Take in the lush forests and purpose built trails of the North Island, and compliment it with the high country and scenic tracks in the South Island. Then add in the simply awesome destinations handpicked by our very own MTB guides and this is an absolute trip of a lifetime.

ALL HAKA TOURS INCLUDE

DETAILED TRAIL ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS – We give you the low-down on every location

ALL TRANSPORT PROVIDED – Taking you to NZ’s best MTB locations

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST EVERY DAY – Heaps of options for everyone (you too, vegans!)

HIGH-END HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – Dorm share, upgrades available

EXPERIENCED MTB GUIDES – With 2 guides for tours with 5 or more people

SMALL GROUPS – Because you’re more than just a number!

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

    • Some of New Zealand’s best singletrack, scenic backcountry and thrilling downhills
    • All shuttles on Redwoods, Bridge to Nowhere and Queenstown Bike Park
    • Skyline Gondola Pass in Queenstown
    • Cook Strait ferry crossing
    • Exclusive Haka Tours riding on backcountry and private trails
    • Incredible cultural experience night including hangi dinner and traditional Maori performance
    • Both of your nights at Castle Hill include dinner
    • Quality riding lights for the special Haka Night Adventure Ride (if you do not already own some)
    • Plus many surprise stops along the way!

DAY 1 – AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA

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

We kick things off early, meeting at 8am in the lounge of our Auckland accommodation, where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time in New Zealand! When we’re ready to go, we leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind us and head to Rotorua for some top-quality riding in the Whakarewarewa forest. With over 160 kilometres of trails, you’ll get a taster of what is to come for the rest of our 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 our two nights in Rotorua.

Trail Info

Redwoods Forest
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
130 kilometres of trails
Grades: 1–5

DAY 2 – ROTORUA

This is it: the Big Kahuna, El Grande de Nueva Zelanda; 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.

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, but we also highly recommend the add-on of one of the famous MTB Skill Clinics, run by top NZ MTB pros, for those that would like to work on their form.

After an exhilarating day’s riding, you will be well fed and entertained with a Maori Cultural evening where you will experience our proud Maori heritage and fill your puku (stomach) with a traditional hangi.

Trail Info

Redwoods Forest
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
130 kilometres of trails
Grades: 1–5

DAY 3 – ROTORUA TO TAUPO

Waking up bright and early, we head for our first 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 here – some of the most well-made you’ve ever seen.

Then we hit the road for the hour-long drive to Taupo, grabbing lunch and taking a peek at the impressive Huka Falls or Awatea Dam, before having a bit of free time in Taupo for you to get out there and try an add-on: from bungy jumping and skydiving, to jetboating and kayaking, or even try your hand at Hole-in-One golf; there’s something for everyone.

After grabbing dinner in town, prepare for one of the highlights of Haka Tours MTB trip – the famous night rides! Starting at Spa Park, we go on an epic night ride guided by lights provided by your guide. This is guaranteed to put a grin on your face, so too will the hot soak in the thermal stream. Buenas noches… there is a big day tomorrow.

Trail Info
Skyline Rotorua
Trails available from Beginner to Expert
10.5 kilometres of trails
Grades: 2–5

DAY 4 – TAUPO TO OHAKUNE

After resting your legs yesterday afternoon, you will 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 Taupo.

The Great Lake Trail is an epic journey to invigorate your senses. It follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, 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 – and more! Following this, it’s time to head through the Tongariro National Park, where we can cycle the Old Coach Road straight to your accommodation on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu. We can even stop at the pump track for a blast if you’re keen.

Trail Info

Great Lake Trail
Intermediate trail
22.5-kilometre ride
Grade: 3

DAY 5 – OHAKUNE

The mountains greet you this morning when you wake up in Ohakune and we grab a bite to eat (and maybe some pictures next to the ‘big carrot’) before retracing our 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 kilometres 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.  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

DAY 6 – OHAKUNE TO WELLINGTON

After a few massive days of back-to-back riding, taking in some of the best New Zealand has to offer, we make a beeline towards the capital – Wellington. Moving south through NZ’s only desert, filled with geological history, look out for the wild Kaimanawa horses… and maybe even a few hobbits searching for Mordor!

The fun doesn’t stop just because the bikes are in the trailer! En route to Wellington, there are classic Kiwi-style stops and activities to get your competitive spirit up. Cruising into Wellington in the afternoon, we have the option of a ride around Mount Victoria or Miramar – or take some time off wheels to get to know the city. There are lots of awesome places to grab dinner in wonderful and windy Wellington, known for its funky bars and eateries. If you have enough energy and are looking for a great night out, head to Courtenay Place and its array of bars for a guaranteed night of fun.

DAY 7 – WELLINGTON TO NELSON

We try and beat the sun up this morning for a trip to the local MTB park at Makara, where a steady climb takes us to over 40km of perfectly- made, flowing trails with a backdrop of the country’s coolest city. After a morning on the trails, we set sail in the afternoon across the Cook Strait, between the North and South Islands.  After arriving in Picton, we travel the vineyard- scattered road to Nelson. A bikers’ paradise on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park, riders are truly spoilt for choice and face a feast of cycling options tomorrow.

Trail Info
Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
Over 40 kilometres of trail
Grades: 1–5

DAY 8 – NELSON

From high alpine environments to lush native forests and rooty forestry blocks, the luxury of choice has resulted in a wide variety of trails in and around Nelson, each with a unique flavour.

We’ll hit up the Coppermine Loop and the Dun Mountain Trail. It’s not hard to see why this spectacular ride is one of the most epic in the country. This alpine route winds its way through the Codgers Mountain Bike Park, along the route of New Zealand’s first railway, before emerging into the alpine mineral belt near the summit of Dun Mountain (878 metres). From the top, you are faced with a professionally built singletrack descent that drops for over 10 kilometres, emerging at the Maitai Dam. The last stretch of the ride follows the Maitai river right back into the heart of Nelson.

Trail Info

Codgers MTB Park
Trails available from Beginner to Double Black
27 kilometres of trail
Grades: 2–5

Coppermine Loop
39 kilometres
Grades: 3–4

Dun Mountain Trail
Intermediate trail
30 kilometres
Grade: 3

DAY 9 – NELSON TO CHRISTCHURCH

This morning we have a group continental breakfast, pack up the bikes and leave sunny Nelson to head back over to the coast for a scenic and enjoyable trip down to Christchurch, experiencing some interesting sights on the way.

We pass through the heart of the South Island, over the Southern Alps via the native bush-covered Lewis Pass and onto the eastern side towards Christchurch. Nearing the beautiful Garden City, your guide will point out a couple of trails to get you pumped up for the next day.

DAY 10 – CHRISTCHURCH TO CASTLE HILL

Today we start our the main South Island leg. A couple more tour members may join us this morning, so we will have a brief chat over breakfast before heading out to the cream of the crop: Christchurch trails. These are seriously fun rides!

From a superb winding singletrack around Godley Heads, to tracks with names such as Flying Nun and Anaconda, you know you will be in for a treat on the perfectly built XC and DH trails that only the locals know. Today you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the looming Southern Alps, right out over Banks Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon, after we have ridden our fair share of Christchurch’s best, we rally the troops and head for our next destination: Castle Hill! We’ll be staying at the epic Porters Lodge tonight, dinner is included.

Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible – please contact info@hakatours.com for more information.

Trail Info

Port Hills Trails
Trails available from Moderate to Extreme
60.5 kilometres of trails
Grades: 3–6

Christchurch Adventure Park
Trails available from Beginner to Pro Line
40 kilometres of trails
Grades: 1–6

DAY 11 – CASTLE HILL

Today is the day for our next adventure ride. A white-knuckle classic: the Craigieburn Edge Track. A short 30-minute journey takes us up and over Porters Pass, and we enter the Castle Hill Basin, home to mystical limestone rocks and gold tussock.

Then we drive deeper into the mountains with their grey scree faces – this is some hardcore stuff. Our chosen trails are true alpine tracks, crossing 37-degree scree slopes, dipping in and out of bush. If you want something cruisier, there’s the newly constructed Hogs Back Track – a perfect blend of natural trails with tools in just the right spots for flow. Tonight is your second – and final – night at Porters Lodge. Swap trail stories with your new mates over dinner (included) and be ready for more activities tomorrow.

Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible – please contact info@hakatours.com for more information.

Trail Info

Craigieburn Trails
Trails available from Intermediate upwards
24 kilometres of trails
Grades: 3–6

DAY 12 – CASTLE HILL TO WANAKA

Even though it’s difficult to leave the views behind, we track on, and depart to another vividly picturesque South Island MTB haven: Wanaka.

Winding through green farmland and high-country merino sheep stations, the impressive Clyde Dam comes into view – and shortly after, we arrive at Alexandra. We wouldn’t dream of missing out on this kind of out-of-this-world terrain. This is a mountain biker’s dream playground, with multi-line trails allowing riders to take it easy or take on gnarlier drops and rock lines, all within whooping distance of your fellow Haka companions. Once dinner is eaten, it’s time for another of Haka’s famous night rides around some of Wanaka’s awesome trails. Whip around the expertly contoured tracks guided by the lights provided by your guide and the glittering stars above. It truly doesn’t get much better than this: you are in MTB paradise.

Trail Info

Alexandra Trails
Trails available from Intermediate to Hard
|17.5 kilometres of trails
Grades: 3–4

Sticky Forest
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
30 kilometres of trails
Grades: 1–6

DAY 13 – WANAKA TO QUEENSTOWN

We crack on with an early start in Wanaka to get to know this beautiful little town and is legendary lake.

Next up is the short scenic drive over the magnificent Crown Ranges, down into Arrowtown for a feast of cross-country awesomeness!

After a bite to eat (a hearty pie from the Arrowtown Bakery is highly recommended), we nip on up the road to Coronet Peak area, with staggering views of Queenstown and the Remarkables. Rude Rock and the Zoot Track have been voted some of the top tracks in Queenstown by locals and visitors alike and, once you blast around and down them, we are sure you will agree! We might even save you from the uphill sections and cart you to the top so you can fly through the downhill without delay.

Trail Info

Sticky Forest
Beginner to Advanced
30+ kilometres
Grades: 1–6

Coronet Peak (Rude Rock & Zoot Track)
Intermediate to Hard
7+ kilometres
Grades 3–4

DAY 14 – QUEENSTOWN

Waking up in the Adventure Capital of New Zealand is an experience in itself, with impressive scenery and colossal peaks towering over the energetic lakeside town. This MTB Mecca has a whole lot to offer.

We look to the skies and see New Zealand’s first- ever gondola-assisted bike lift, providing direct access to Queenstown Bike Park. With over 26 world class mountain biking trails and varying terrain for all abilities, in amongst the pine trees of the Ben Lomond Reserve, Queenstown Bike Park boasts over 30 kilometres of tracks and a longest run of 6 kilometres. A 450-metre vertical rise via the Skyline Gondola gives you easy access to one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike parks. Attach your mountain bike to your Gondola cabin at the Skyline Queenstown base and enjoy the leisurely uphill Gondola ride before detaching your bike and taking on the legendary challenges of the Queenstown Bike Park.

Trail Info

Queenstown Bike Park
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
30 kilometres of trails
Grades: 2–6

DAY 15 – QUEENSTOWN

Next up, there’s an unmissable option to enjoy the long, swooping exposed singletrack descent into what was once the world’s richest gold mining area, The Skippers Canyon Pack Track.

The afternoon also has the option of heading up to the Cardona Ski Field – a spot that, when it’s not the winter months, is home to some expertly carved downhill and freeride MTB tracks littered across its slopes for you to enjoy. The chairlift will take you and your trusty steed to the top of the mountain to bomb down the trails to your heart’s content. You can show off all the skills you have picked up during the tour and put them to the test on the jumps and freeride park onsite. Our final run takes us straight from peak to pub – from Cardona Bike Park all the way down to the Cardrona Hotel in the valley below.

ITrail Info

Cardrona Mountain Bike Park
Trails available from Beginner to Advanced
25+ kilometres of trails
Grades 1–5

Skippers Canyon Pack Track
Intermediate difficulty
5 kilometres
Grade 4+

DAY 16 – QUEENSTOWN

Your tour ends this afternoon, however not before you’ve gotten through a morning of adventure! Queenstown is the perfect place to wrap up your Kiwi adventure!

The options are endless: jump on one of Queenstown’s many adventure activities such as jet boating, bungy jumping, luging, skydiving or rafting, or give your tires another spin and shoot out around the extensive and impressive trail network over at 7 Mile Delta, just a short ride from Queenstown on the Awatea and Sunshine Tracks. While the tour ends this afternoon, but the fun doesn’t have to! Extend your stay at Haka Lodge here in Queenstown to keep the adventure going; there are many more magnificent trails around the area to experience and explore.

Trail Info

7 Mile Bike Park
Trails available from Intermediate to Hard
17.5 kilometres of trails
Grades: 3–4

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