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South Island Mountain Bike Tour

7 Day South island Dirt Seeker MTB Tour

South Island Mountain Bike Tour
From £1025
Duration 7 Days
From £1025
Duration 7 Days
The South Island is renowned for its outstanding beauty and adventures. Plant your feet on your pedals as you take a spin on some of the most thrilling and perfectly crafted trails.

Get ready for an epic MTB adventure of world-class trails and jaw-dropping scenery as we explore the beautiful South Island, from Christchurch to Queenstown, taking in the best riding hotspots along the way.
It’s an early start on Day 1 as we meet at 8am for breakfast at our Christchurch accommodation before making our way, bikes on the back, to some 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, go partying or even some more night riding… whatever takes your fancy.  Your tour manager will be on-hand to provide their
local knowledge on the best places to go.
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, he’ll be happy to help. However we can’t always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we 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 Christchurch accommodation the night before tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning. Alternatively, you can get ahead of the game and get the
ball rolling earlier by adding on our 3-Day Nelson Sun Excursion to the start of your tour.  The extension starts in Wellington 3 days before your start date and takes in the amazing trails of Nelson, and ends in Christchurch right in time for the Dirt Seeker South
Island MTB Tour the following morning.
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
  • Accommodation each night (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Daily breakfast each day
  • Amazing 3 course dinner at the luxurious Ohau Ski Lodge
  • All shuttles on Queenstown Bike Park
  • Skyline Gondola Pass
  • All maps, detailed trail advice and recommendations
  • Unparalleled scenery on a mix of downhill and backcountry XC trails
  • Two expert and friendly tour guides with local knowledge
  • Small group sizes (16 max)
  • Quality riding lights for the special Haka Night Adventure Ride (if you do not already own some)
  • Commentary of every location we visit
  • Plus many surprise stops on the way

Add-on Activities

  • Hire one full-suspension MTB from our new Specialized fleet
  • Upgrade your accommodation to a private room 
  • Heli-Mountain Biking in Queenstown
  • Cardrona Bike Park (Chairlift assisted Downhills)
  • Fatbike Hire in Wanaka
  • Skydive over Lake Wanaka
  • Paraglide, bungy jump, jet boat or canyon swing in Queenstown

Day 1: Christchurch to Springfield
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 Christchurch 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 get started. And then getting started is exactly what we’ll do!
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: Springfield!
One thing we are super excited about is the all new twenty million dollar Christchurch Adventure Park.
Attractions include a 4-seater high-speed chairlift, world class mountain bike trails to suit all levels, an exhilarating mountain coaster, zipline (flying fox) canopy tour, bike rental, and a bar/restaurant at the base of the chairlift.
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
Total Ride Time: 2-4 hours
Day 2: Springfield to Ohau
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.
Pioneered for ski tourism over 70 years ago, these were tackled by intrepid cyclists before mountain biking was even a thing!
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.
A stay at Lake Ohau Lodge, near the shores of the lake, is an experience in itself. Even though it has the incredibly friendly culture of a ski lodge, it is actually run more like a hotel and we totally love the “faded glamour” feel of roaring open fires and panoramic lake views.
TRAIL INFO
Craigieburn Trails
Trails available from Intermediate upwards
24 kilometres of trails
Grades: 3–6
Total Ride Time: 3-4 hours
Day 3: Ohau to Wanaka
Even though it’s difficult to leave the views of Lake Ohau Lodge 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.
Back in Wanaka, you’ll have some free time to enjoy the sights or experience a thrilling optional activity.
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
Total Ride Time: 3-4 hours
Day 4: 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.
And how about those downhills? Don’t think we’ve forgotten about gravity! Today, we’ll show you some of our local favourites. The trails descending from New Zealand’s first commercial ski resort, Coronet Peak, are world class.
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
Total Ride Time: 3-5 hours
Day 5: 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. Get your suspension ready and heart pumping; there will be no granny gears here! 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
Ride Time: Approx 3 hours or more+
Day 6: 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.
This afternoon is also a great time to get some additional activities under your belt! Want to go up higher into the surrounding mountains? We totally recommend a heli-bike trip. If there’s one extra activity you are going to splash out on this trip, heli-biking is one of the most jaw-dropping and exhilarating activities you can do. Take to the skies to ride otherwise inaccessible trails and get all of downhill but none of the uphill. 100% awesome!
TRAIL 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+
Total Ride Time: 4-5 hours
Day 7: 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
Riding stats and Strava links from our guests:👊
Total Ride Time: 3-4 hours

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
Experience Tours
Region Australasia
Country New Zealand

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