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North Island Mountain Bike Tour

7 Day North Island Trail Hunter

North Island Mountain Bike Tour
From £1075 - 1075
Duration 7 Days
From £1075 - 1075
Duration 7 Days
Get 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!

Get ready for the MTB adventure of a life-time! Trails like Redwoods, Great Lake Trail and Bridge to Nowhere may seem unfamiliar to you now but we guarantee you will fall in love with them!

We meet at 8am for breakfast at our Auckland accommodation before making our way, bikes on the back, to kick off our first day of riding.

In the evenings on the tour you are welcome to relax at the accommodations, rest your legs and soak in the local hot tub(s), cook in, eat out, have a beer or even some more night riding… whatever takes your fancy.

As you build your tour online, you will see a few optional activities available to add – remember, none of these are compulsory. Not sure which activities to choose? No problem. Once you’ve paid a deposit and secured your seat you can add activities anytime until 45 days prior to departure.  Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know, they’ll be more than happy to help. As we can’t always guarantee availability when booking on the road, we do suggest if there are any activities you definitely want to do, that you pre-book them.

As the tour starts early in the morning you can opt to stay at our Auckland accommodation the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on Day 1 makes for a stress free morning.  Alternatively you can extend your tour by adding on our 3 Day Nelson Sun Excursion, giving you the chance to take in the amazing trails of Nelson, ending in Christchurch.

Add an extra dose of awesome by including some of our fantastic add-on options such as a MTB Skills Clinic and skydiving – our customisable business model is totally unique and has won us a swag of awards.

In this itinerary, you’ll find descriptions of the places you’ll be visiting and the inclusions that you’ll experience.  We’ve also provided an example timetable for each day to help give you a sense of what your days on tour may look like. Keep in mind though, that every tour is unique, with each guide bringing their own special flavour to the trip.

Each day also has a list of our favourite Haka Highlights, and the add-on activities and experiences that are available in that location.

Inclusions

  • Transport to New Zealand’s best MTB locations
  • Details trail advice and recommendations
  • Continental breakfast every day
  • High-end hostel accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Two awesome Haka MTB Guides with local knowledge, expert skills and mechanical know-how
  • Small groups
  • Some of the best singletrack, scenic backcountry and thrilling downhills
  • All shuttles on Redwoods and Bridge to Nowhere
  • Exclusive Haka Tours riding on backcountry and private trails
  • Māori Cultural Experience night including traditional hāngī dinner
  • Access to full tool box and quality night lights for the Haka Night Ride

Add-on Activities

  • Hire one full-suspension MTB from our new Specialized fleet – $499
  • Upgrade your accommodation to a private room – $499
  • Extend your tour by 2 days and ride Nelson and Christchurch
  • Learn new skills at an MTB skills clinic in Rotorua
  • Skydive over Lake Taupō

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

Total Ride Time: 2-3 hours

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.

On a recent visit, Australian Mountain Bike (AMB) magazine declared that these are the world’s best mountain bike trails. As locals, we can tell you 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, 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 Māori Cultural evening where you will experience our proud Māori heritage and fill your puku (stomach) with a traditional hāngī.

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

Total Ride Time: 4-5 hours

Day 3: Rotorua to Taupō
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 Taupō, grabbing lunch and taking a peek at the impressive Huka Falls or Awatea Dam, before having a bit of free time in Taupō 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

Total Ride Time: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Taupō 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 Taupō.

The Great Lake Trail is an epic journey to invigorate 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 – 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

Total Ride Time: 4 hours

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. 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

Total Ride Time: 4–5 hours

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! But 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
On our last day, 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.

If you want to extend your trip, you’ve got the option of the 3-Day Nelson Sun Seeker Extension for some amazing days of trails at the top of the South Island.

TRAIL INFO
Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park Trails available from Beginner to Extreme Over 40 kilometres of trail Grades: 1–6

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
Experience Tours
Region Australasia
Country New Zealand

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