New Zealand – any recommendations?
Having been to New Zealand a few years back I was hoping to go again this year or next.Posted 9 years ago
Last time it was all self guided biking around the South Island with a friend, but this time I was looking at whether there are any good organised trips.
Looking around the internet I only found a couple of companies that do New Zealand trips lasting 3 weeks or more – Mountain Beach and Ride the World.
Has anybody used these companies or done one of their New Zealand trips? Or can anyone recommend other companies?
It’s a lot of money so I’m keen to get people’s advice or recommendations.
Myhonest recommendation would be to d oit yourself as opposed to an organised trip. What do you actully want to do on your holiday ? Loads of riding or sightseeing or both or ???Posted 9 years ago
Basically i’d get a Kennett book, a hire car a tent and head for some of the more remote spots. Avoid the tourist areas and you’ll find some gems. Although to be fair i’d have a quick visit to Rotorua if I was in the area for the lush trails there.
Personally I’d say you can’t go past the DIY option.
I’m off to NZ on Saturday with the girlfriend, riding isn’t top of the agenda but we definitely want to fit a bit in.
Does anyone have any experience of Heli-biking, probably a bit of a novelty but is something we wouldn’t do here so is it worth a go. I’ve found these guys that do it in the Taupo region, the video on the site doesn’t look particularly exciting.
Rotorua and Taupo seem like the best bets on the North Island, is Wanaka the best bet on the South. We have a camper van and are pretty much free to go where we like for 4 weeks.
Any other recommendations or experiences, we’re looking for something like a Glentress Red standard, and we need to hire bikes…
DavePosted 9 years agothepuristSubscriber
Ishouldbeworking – we did a similar trip a few years back, and it’s probably sacrilege but I actually preferred Wellington (Makara Peak) to Rotorua – Rotorua is all fine and dandy but you’re just riding through a fairly dense forest and I started to get the feeling that the trails were a bit crammed in there, especially nearer the car park. Fine if you just want to ride some very well graded (levels 1-6) trails, but a bit dull in terms of the overall experience. At Wellington I got a bit more of a feel of achievement, having ridden up something, stopped at the top and then come back down. IIRC for Wellington we hired from a bike shop in Karori which is only a mile or so from the bottom of the hill, and they were great at suggesting trails for the conditions (windy!) and our skill level.Posted 9 years agoBitterBaldingFattyMember
I went helibiking in Wanaka with this crew. It was OK, but a fire trail descent rather than singletrack. Once we reached the bottom, they split the group according to ability and took some of us around more challenging trails near the lake (as referenced above).
When you book group activities, you’re always going to be limited by those with lower skill levels. It was a great experience, though, with fantastic views.Posted 9 years agoaustenSubscriber
I went heli-biking whilst in Wanaka, just something I couldn’t pass up once I know about it.
Whilst the trails weren’t the most technical or challenging the scenery, both riding and in the heli, was amazing and we had a good old blast down 3000m of decent. We ended up in a small group, two of us experienced riders, an intermediate girl and the guide, he was happy to let us hoon off into the distance and wait at the next gate. This is worth checking as it could be very frustrating if you were forced to ride at the pace of the slowest.
Overall I loved the experience but am not sure I would pay to do it again unless it was on some particularly fantastic trails.
For riding I’d definitely get the Kennet Bros book and then ask around at local shops etc, everyone is very helpful and I had a lot of people offer to take me out around the local trails. There is a load of stuff in the south island I missed and am planning my return! You MUST ride the Queen Charlotte track over a couple of days, the combination of scenery, trail and an overnight stop at one of the lodges makes it the best trail I’ve ever ridden (think there was an article in ST last year).Posted 9 years agowilligetaloginthistimeMember
As said- Kennett book is great. If you are in Christchurch me and some mates will happily guide you about the Port Hills and surrounds.
Lots of trails etc in the Canterbury region to choose from. I have alot of them on my blog http://www.mountainbikingnewzealand.co.nz/ if you are keen.
I’m English- originally from Canterbury Kent- and lived this way (including Australia) for 9+ yrs. Great riding this way aye! 🙂
Happy holidays!Posted 9 years ago
Sorry don;t know about heli biking but theres lots of good riding. If you have no bike then you’ll find OK rentals in places like Rotorua, Wgtn, Wanaka/QT and ChCh. Shame though as there are lots of really great rides which are quite unique, for example:Posted 9 years ago
Rotorua as mentioned before is very nice, lots of good new trails built in the last 4 years (BillyT Rude Not To etc) nice loop out to Blue Lake and then hooning singletrack all the way back – great fun. Good camping there as well, good site on the LHS as you drive back into vegas from Whakawerawera, take the old main rd and its immediate left – massive, good hotpools and out of town.
Wellington is fabbo – Makara Peak rocks but I am of course very biased as I live here. Great singletrack, lots of it and more techy than vegas.
My fave rides are Wakamarina, Kill Devil, anything around nelson Dun mtn sort of stuff. QCT is a nice ride in that the views etc are lush, good way to spend a couple of days – water taxi it to Furneaux, ride to Portage and then day 2 ride back to picton. Best bit is anakiwa to mistletoe bay (either way). So you could ride up and back. Watch out though – it will be ‘busy’ this time of year and bikes are banned on the ship cove section just now. The DH from endeavour inlet to Furneaux always makes me giggle, last time we stayed at furneaux we ride it then rode back up and rode it again in the dark with no lights !!
Further south Port Hills are lovely, Wanaka has some nice biking as well as things like the pack track etc which are more out there. Basically theres heaps. although you’d want your own bike really.
Weather at the mo is fantoosh. 25 today and sunny, calm, lovely 🙂CoastingMember
Do yourslf a favour and get some riding in on the West Coast S.I.Lots of benched singletrack on old historic gold,coal and logging trails.Real back country exploring mountain biking as it was intended.Check the activities page on our web site for some nice pics on what 2 expect. http://www.breakers.co.nz.Tracks like Creosus,Big River,Kerwins,Naploeons,The Mudplug all brilliant and totally unique.Posted 9 years ago
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