This tour is designed for mountain biking enthusiasts who love singletrack. It encompasses the essence of Mountain Biking!
NZ owned and operated. Take a tour with the locals. We know our backyard best!
Our amazing back yard, what is better known as the Central North Island of New Zealand, is home to some of the best trails in the world. It’s all waiting right here for your tire treads! This tour wraps up the best single track in the Rotorua and Taupo regions. It is delivered to you in an easy to book package with all the essential details sorted and optional extras so you concentrate on your riding.
2017/18 Scheduled Singletrack Tours:
Green = Available, Yellow = limited availability/space, Red = Full
October 9 - 13, 2017
November 20 - 24, 2017
January 22 - 26, 2018
February 19 - 23, 2018
March 19 - 23, 2018
April 16 - 20, 2018
Three of the rides include an on trail guide so you can get the most our of the experience. The guide will show the way, manage the group, and help with any issues that may arise on the trail. The two other days are self-guided, so you will have all logistics taken care of and you will be given maps, and trails notes so you can ride with peace of mind, and we’ll see you at the end of the trail.
* A note about accommodation: The Rotorua and Taupo accommodation is not included in the package price. These two destination towns are packed with accommodation options. We know there are lots of different types of people into mountain biking and they all come with their own different tastes and budgets, so we’ll let you choose and book your own accommodation. We will suggest some good accommodation options that work well with the tour logistics.
** If you want us to supply the complete package with the accommodation included, we will book your accommodation in Rotorua and Taupo, and add booking fee. Contact us for details.
DAY 1 • The Redwoods, Rotorua • Grade 2-5 • 30 to 50+ km
You will be picked up by our mountain bike shuttle from your accommodation and taken to the Redwoods MTB Car Park and Cafe for a briefing about the first days ride and an intro to the amazing trails that await you later in the week. If you are hiring a bike, our guide will have it ready and waiting for you the morning of Day 1. Our guide will then take the group on ride of some the of the best trails in the epic Redwoods forest, the loop will showcase the what is offer in this MTB mecca and give you a great feel for what trails you might like to hit on the Day 2 in the same forest. The guide will be able to give some skills coaching during the ride as required.
DAY 2 • The Redwoods, Rotorua • Grade 2-5 • 20 to 50+ km
Now that you have been shown the secrets of the forest by our guide, you will have your bearings and can ride on your own for the day. By following our recommended accommodation options you will be staying in close proximity to the forest and can ride directly there from your accommodation. Our guide will have given you some recommended trails to hit on Day 2, based on what you have ridden on Day 1. When you have had your fill of single track cruise back to your accommodation and enjoy the restaurants Rotorua has to offer. Once again we can provide recommendations.
DAY 3 • Moerangi Track • Grade 4 • 40km
It’s a early start to an epic day. You will need to check out of your accommodation and your bike and luggage will be loaded onto our shuttle. After picking up group members who may be staying to other accommodation, you will be shuttled way into the middle of nowhere, deep in the heart of the remote Whirinaki Forest. This amazing Moerangi track is rough and raw, it will challenge both your physical fitness and your technical ability. The guided ride will start around 10am and usually takes around 5-6 hrs, depending on fitness levels. During this point to point ride you will experience some of the most remote forest in the North Island that laced with crystal clear streams running through steep valleys. At the end of the trail you will be met by out shuttle and taken to Taupo where you will spend the next two nights (at least)
DAY 4 • Craters MTB Park and Huka Falls Trails • Grade 2-4 • 30 to 50+ km
Taupo has an amazing trail system that links the town centre to Huka Falls and Craters MTB park. This great network boasts up to 90km of single track that seamless links various areas of forest, gulleys, and river banks. It’s all beautifully maintained by a local trail building and advocacy group called Bike Taupo. You will be picked up by our shuttle in the morning at taken just 5mins out or town to the trailhead cafe, where we will fuel up and star the ride. The ride takes in dozens of km on flowing singletrack through pine plantation, native bush, and along the banks of NZ longest river to Huka Falls. The ride ends at the cafe again, and you can either hop in the shuttle for a very short drive back to your accommodation or you can choose to ride a little more of the river trails back to town.
Day 5 • Great Lake Trail • Grade 3 • 30 - 63km
The Great Lake Trail showcases the amazing and untouched shores of Lake Taupo. Renowned mountain bike guidebook writer Jonathan Kennett has labeled it as “the best Grade 3 trail in New Zealand” and it is rightly so. It’s built by riders who know how to make trail that is a joy to ride for both beginners and experts a like. You will be pick up from your Taupo accommodation and shuttled 1hr out the start of the trail. You then have 30km of single track riding along gorges and lakeside cliffs before descending to a remote beach where you will be pick up by boat (it’s the only way out, there is no road access to this amazing place). After the essential boat ride you have options: ride more, eat lunch, drink coffee, swim, ride even more, or a combination of all the above. Distances and pick up locations are customisable on this day. At the end of the ride you will be shuttled 20 mins back to Taupo. The Great Lake Trail includes the famous W2K trail and the new epic Waihaha-Waihora Trail.
Prerequisites: High fitness level, confidence on at least Grade 3 singletrack.