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BIKE NEW ZEALAND

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NORTH ISLAND - From the largest single track network in NZ, to the wonders of riding NZ's capital city!
 From NZ$ 1,700 per person 

The North island of New Zealand has a huge range of trails all within close proximity to each other. In just a week you can traverse the best of the North Island trails, taking in everything from purpose built single tracks to remote destination rides which require a jetboat to get out.

 

Below are some of our favorite rides which can be completed on their own or as part of a multi day tour.

 

ROTORUA - NZ’s largest purpose built mountain bike park 

One of the first places in New Zealand where specific trail building originated. Whakarewarewa forest has over 100km’s of single track and has shuttle services throughout the forest so you can make the most of your time here.

If you want lift accessed downhill goodness, then ride the skyline gondola, just on the other side of town. We can arrange accommodation, shuttles and advice on what routes to take or we can arrange a guide for you as well. 

MAD TIPS

Most accommodation options in Rotorua have thermal hot pools for you to enjoy after your ride. Make sure you take advantage of this.

Check out the Fat Dog Cafe for your post ride caffeine and calorie fix.

 

PUEORA TIMBERTRAIL - Ride through some of NZ’s original primeval forest 

Using historic logging tramways to access remote bush, Pueora forest park is a mix of regenerating and virgin NZ bush. The recently developed mountain bike trail is 85km’s long and takes 2- 3 days to complete, or can be split into 5 shorter sections. Limited road access, remote bush and settlements make this an incredible experience.

MAD TIPS

Do the whole ride end for end over 2 days. Get us to organise a shuttle and lodges and you just worry about riding!

 

MANGAPURUA TRACK / BRIDGE TO NOWHERE - See the abandoned dreams of early settlers.

Part of the mountains to sea ride from Mt Ruapehu to Whanganui. The Mangapurua track is a 36km section which leads from the Central Plateau through to an inaccessible part of the historic Wanganui river. The trail climbs up to the highpoint of Mangapurua Trig then winds through the valley to the abandoned settlement and the "Bridge to Nowhere" above the Mangapurua stream. The trail ends at the Whanganui river where you catch a pre-booked jet boat out to Pipiriki. We can arrange a full package with a guide or we can arrange shuttle transport and the jet boat and you self guide the ride, its up to you.

MAD TIPS

Read up on the history of the area before heading there, its fascinating.

 

TAUPO/ CENTRAL PLATEAU - A vast range of riding!

From Mt Ruapehu to Taupo there is a vast array of excellent riding to be experienced. The Old Coach Road at Ohakune, Tree Trunk Gorge on the Tongariro River, Huka Falls trail, Kinloch and Craters of the Moon at Taupo are all fantastic trails with terrain to suit all rider types.

MAD TIPS

Check out the free hot pools at spa park in Taupo.

Ride the Huka falls trail for epic views of one of our most scenic gorges and waterfalls.


WELLINGTON - Where it all started in NZ.

Arguably the source of NZ mountain biking. Wellington has an abundance of natural terrain and is a unique city with a wonderful range of cafes and culture. From specific mountain bike parks to long ridge rides with views of Cook Strait and the South Island, Wellington is a destination in its own right or a fantastic place to spend a few days riding on the way to the South Island.  We can arrange accommodation and guides in the city or we can give you an itinerary to ride and you self guide.

MAD TIPS 

The South coast loop via Red rocks is a must do on a clear day!

 

NORTH ISLAND MAD STATS

Style of riding - Downhill, cross country and freeride

Lift accessed riding - 20%

Transport - self drive or tour

Accommodation - self catering condo, B & B or lodge style.

Suitability for non riding partners - 5/10

Package - 5 day tours from NZ$ 1,700 per person. Airfares are additional.

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SOUTH ISLAND - Riding the Southern Alps and fiords of New Zealand!
 
 From NZ$ 3,500 per person 

Home to some of the longest and most epic riding in New Zealand. The South island is all about long destination rides over multiple days or small city stays with regional rides surrounding the cities. It also has some of the best lift accessed park riding in New Zealand in the mountain biking mecca of Queenstown.

Here are some of our favorite trails, which can be completed on their own or as part of a tour;

 

QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK - Ride between the Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds.

This ride starts at the very cove where Captain Cook re-provisioned his ship in 1770. Over 2 - 3 days the 72km trail winds down the ridge between the two major sounds.

Transport is by boat, accommodation is at 2 lodges on the trail and luggage transfers allow you to ride just with a day pack. This epic trail finishes off with a 20km flowing downhill to the finish at Anakiwa. Speak to us about organising a complete package with transport, accommodation and guiding or do it as a self guided package.

MAD TIPS

Stay at Furneaux Lodge and enjoy the historic homestead and bar.


 

OLD GHOST ROAD - 85km’s of single track goodness.

Linking the Buller gorge with the west coast of the South island, the Old Ghost road was purpose built for mountain bikers and trampers (hikers) in 2015. It traverses 4 ghost towns and 3 peaks and takes 2-4 days to complete or you can do day rides from either end.  Mad Travel can organise as much or little of this trip as you need.

MAD TIPS

This is an awesome heli biking destination, especially when combined with a heli bike mission into the Heaphy track.

 

PAPAROA AND PIKE29 MEMORIAL TRACKS - Incredible veiws, incredible single track.

The Paparoa Track crosses the epic Paparoa Range . It takes you through alpine tops, limestone karst landscapes and thriving rainforests, and provides breath-taking views. The Pike 29 Memorial track is an offshoot of the Papamoa track and is due to open in Dec 2020, it will be an amazing downhill.

A 2 or 3 day ride this yet another incredible piece of New Zealand history, bush and stunning single track. It can be done guided or self guide with arranged shuttles at the end of the track.

MAD TIPS

Make sure you take in the side trips on this track to fully appreciate the history of the area.

 

CRAIGIEBURN - ride the Southern Alps.

In Arthurs pass near the winter ski field of Cragieburn lies a network of flowing and technical trails that make up the over 24km long Cragieburn route. The route takes in stunning views of the Southern alps and the highland tussock country which makes this area unique.

MAD TIPS

Hit this area on the way from the west coast to the east coast.

QUEENSTOWN - The mecca of  lift accessed park riding in New Zealand.

Just below the skyline gondola lies the famous Queenstown bike park. 450m of vertical and 30km’s of trails will keep you busy until your legs wear out. Once you’ve done that you can head to Coronet peak for even more lift accessed riding. Then on your third day you can hit Cardrona Ski Resort for even more lift accessed cross country riding. If you haven’t had enough by then there are another 5 cross country MTB parks all within an hours drive of Queenstown. Accommodation, guiding, shuttles flights and rental cars can all be booked for you by the team at Mad about Travel for this awesome destination.

MAD TIPS

Grab a Ferg burger for dinner! You won’t regret it.

 

CHRISTCHURCH - Cafe culture and awesome park riding!

The largest city in the South Island, Christchurch has a network of trails throughout the Port Hills, above the city. These trails link through to the Christchurch Adventure Park which offers 435m of vertical and 50km’s of trails. The main gateway to the South island this is an awesome place to start or end your South island adventure.

MAD STATS

Make sure you go to C1 Espresso, a quirky little cafe where you can get your snacks delivered by Pneumatic tube.

Do a day trip to Akaroa to find some French culture.

 

MAD STATS

Style of riding - cross country and freeride

Lift accessed riding - 30%

Transport - self drive or tour

Accommodation - Hotel, self catering condo, B&b or lodge style.

Suitability for non riding partners - 5/10

Package - 5 day tours from NZ$ 3,500 per person includes heli biking. Airfares are additional.