Yeti Tribe Gathering New Zealand

Storm the South Island on the Yeti Tribe Gathering in New Zealand

With some of the planet’s most diverse microclimates jam-packed into one little country, which now plays host to some of the world’s highest profile mountain bike events, every day of our mountain bike tour New Zealand will bring you unique and exciting new environments to explore on your bike.

  • £2,995 / $3,900
  • 12 nights / 13 days
  • Skill level: Intermediate+

Photographer and friend Tim Winterburn travelled to New Zealand with us to shoot our mountain bike tour New Zealand and, despite carrying a huge weight in camera gear, was blown away by the diversity and quality of the riding in New Zealand. Click through the gallery to see what trail gems await you on the South Island…

Between swooping through the flowing tracks of Hanmer Forest Park, backcountry biking through African-esque plains in St. James, racing through the rainforest on Old Ghost Road, or fighting the uphill battle to the top of Mount Pisa, New Zealand has something to capture the heart of every avid mountain biker.

And because the adventure was crafted with a wealth of local knowledge, all our trails and stop-offs are specially selected to fully immerse you in local culture.

We go off the beaten track into the wild backcountry and explore all the best hidden gems New Zealand has to offer to bring you the most unique, unforgettable experiences.

“Just returned from the Chile Yeti International Tribe Gathering and couldn’t have been more stoked with the rides, culture and great people who joined us. Euan and the crew at H+I Adventures are not only the best guides in the business, but they are also true Yeti freaks and made the trip truly memorable. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our 3rd International Tribe Gathering in New Zealand.” Chris Conroy, President/GM of Yeti Cycles

Tour dates 2018

  • 22 Jan – 3 Feb (TRIP FULL)

This trip is sold out, but you can still join us – and other Yeti Freaks – in New Zealand in Nov or Dec 2017.

Trip Highlights

Apart from world-class mountain biking and insanely beautiful landscapes, here are some other special moments you can look forward to on the International Yeti Tribe Gathering in New Zealand:

  • Staying in a mountain hut overlooking the rainforest canopy
  • Soaking in hot springs
  • Hiking at the foot of Mount Cook
  • Savouring delicious local food and craft beers
  • Sipping world-famous New Zealand wines

Yeti Cycles: Proven in New Zealand

Yeti Tribe Gathering New Zealand Itinerary

The itinerary for the International Yeti Tribe Gathering in New Zealand has been designed to flow perfectly, maximising your time on the best trails in the most spectacular spots in the South Island, whilst minimising time in the van.

+Arrival in New Zealand + pre-trip acclimatisation

Before we kick off our Kiwi adventure, you should take a couple of days stay in Christchurch, take in the sights and readjust to local time. It’s important you get a little time to switch out the batteries in your body clock because you’re no use to us jet-lagged!
+Day 1 - Kia Ora Christchurch! Ride in Port Hills

The first day of your mountain bike tour New Zealand starts off bright and early at 8am, when our guide will come to meet you in your hotel lobby. After saying hello and getting to meet everyone in your group, we’ll travel to our local base so you can build up your bike (or get kitted out with a rental).

As soon as everyone’s geared up, we’ll pack the van and get ready to hit the road. But before we set off, our guide will give you a tour briefing and a light lunch to chew over. You’ll be given a detailed run-through of the trip’s itinerary, and our guide will be happy to field any questions you may have about the adventure ahead.

Once your appetite’s been sated, it’s time to feed your hunger for adventure. We’ll start off slowly with a four-hour coastal acclimatisation ride around the Port Hills just outside Christchurch. After your first taster of the amazing flow trail here in New Zealand, you’ll then get the chance to take a dip in the South Pacific at a secluded beach popular for surfing. You’ll have plenty of time to cool off with a cold drink, before we check in to our accommodation for the night.

After a quick shower we’ll meet back up for a few beers and our first dinner together in New Zealand.

Distance cycled: 25km (app. 4 hours)

+Day 2 - Diving right in - Hanmer trails + hot springs

We’ll have a fairly early breakfast, with plenty of fresh local produce and good, strong coffee, then load up the van for our drive inland towards Hanmer Springs.

Hanmer is famous for its relaxing hot springs – but you’ll have to earn this reward, so it’s off to the Hanmer trails! There’s an impressive network of single tracks that navigate through the forest, and you’ll get to ride a local favourite that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face (and a burn in your legs).

But then you’ll be able to melt away the fatigue of a good day’s riding and chill out in the hot springs. Once you’re relaxed and recovered, we’ll hit the town for a café dinner and another round (or two…) of delicious local beers.

Distance cycled: 25km (app. 4 hours)

+Day 3 - Backcountry biking in St. James

To get your first true ‘backcountry’ mountain biking experience of the trip, we’ll start the day with a short transfer to the St. James trail. At 64km in length, this is going to be a long and totally mind-blowing day in the saddle.

The ride begins with a 12km ascent up and over Malings Pass. Happily for us; what goes up, must come down! You’ll have to get right into the zone as you navigate the steep, challenging descent through a beech forest, before blasting out into sun-scorched alpine pastures on a pristine singletrack. As you pass through the African-esque plains, the track begins to wind its way down towards the valley floor.

You’ll push past mountain huts and over suspension bridges, with several technical and physically challenging sections that may require dismounting and having a quick think before you ride on.

Before arriving back in Hanmer, the descent cuts through the old St. James high country sheep station – a vast, beautiful conservation area that countless thousands of sheep, cattle and horses once called home. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to take in the spectacular landscape and stunning views before we arrive back in Hanmer for a relaxing second soak in the hot springs, followed by another fine selection of liquid refreshments…

Distance cycled: 64km (app. 8 hours)

+Day 4 - Into the rainforest on the Old Ghost Road

The aim of our New Zealand adventure is to show you the absolute best that the country has to offer mountain bikers – and that includes some of the most incredibly diverse ecosystems in the world. So after exploring parched ‘African plains’ just the day before, you might be a little surprised to hear that day 4 of your adventure begins with you roaring through temperate rainforest trails!

After a transfer from Hanmer to Lyell, you’ll step out of the van right into the jungle at the foot of New Zealand’s longest singletrack – Old Ghost Road. At a fairly easygoing incline of 2%, you’ll breeze up the bench cut forest track to the ridge peak at 1400m.

At 28km, the trail may be long, but it’s also long-standing: originally trekked by gold miners seeking their fortune as far back as the 1870s. And while you may not find gold along the trail today, you can still enjoy the countless historical treasures dotted along the path, as we pass through old mining sites and derelict ghost towns.

Once the trees thin out and we hit the ridge line, you’ll get a breath-taking panoramic vista of the rainforests below sprawling out as far as the eye can see. By the time we reach our home for the night, Ghost Lake hut, your provisions will all have been dropped off so you can settle in for a quiet night high above the rainforest. Wash, change and grab a beer on the terrace. Watch the sun set over the rainforest as daylight gives way to an awe-inspiring night sky.

Sitting at an altitude of 1200m ,you’ll gaze out into the depths of the universe with unparalleled clarity, just as the miners would have over a century before.

Distance cycled: 30km (app. 6 hours)

+Day 5 - Out of the wilderness on the Old Ghost Road

As morning light breaks over the tree tops, the bell birds will rise you from your slumber as their distinctive songs echo from the forest canopy. An all natural alarm clock. Mother Nature’s way of telling you to get up and ride bikes!

We’ll leave the hut on a singletrack leading down the opposite side of the mountain and back towards civilisation. The track down leads through a diverse range of scenery as we make our way back towards the valley floor. We’ll pass by the serene Goat Creek hut (a popular secluded spot for trampers, anglers and hunters) as we continue down the Mokinui Valley.

The path carves fluidly back through the rainforest on a singletrack trail, leading over bridges that span deep gorges and old landslides in the steep sided valley.

Once we shoot into Seddonville, it’ll be time for a cold beer in the local pub. Then we’ll load our trailer up for the drive down south to our accommodation in Westport.

Distance cycled: 54km (app. 6 hours)

+Day 6 - Rest day

After a couple of big days out on the bike, we’ll start our day off with a long breakfast and plenty of extra coffees.

We’ll make our way slowly from Westport heading towards our next stop near Arthur’s Pass village. Along the way we’ll visit the Pancake Rocks, do some beach combing, and admire the views driving over Arthurs Pass.

When we arrive in the village we’ll have some lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon doing bit of bike – and body! – maintenance.

+Day 7 - Craigieburn

Muster up all the strength you can over breakfast because today we hit Craigieburn – world-renowned for its flowing singletrack trails that weave and wind through the area’s beech forests.

The mountainous terrain of the Craigieburn Range has some spectacular views that rival the grand majesty of the American Rockies, so we’ll spend most of the day just riding through and enjoying all the different trails Craigieburn has to offer. Believe us – biking around the area will leave you short of breath as it is, but it’s the incredibly scenery will take the rest away completely.

We’ll spend the morning riding the Craigieburn trails, then transfer to the alpine terrain of Mount Cook village, right in the heart of the Southern Alps. We’ll stop off for a spot of lunch in the World’s Best Pie Shop!

When we arrive at Mount Cook there’ll be time for a beer and an evening meal as we watch the sun disappear behind the Southern Alps. Then we’ll all settle down underneath the canopy of stars, for a night stargazing in the shadow of the mountains.

Distance cycled: 40km (app. 5 hours)

+Day 8 - Mount Cook hike + whirl around Wanaka

We’ll have a leisurely start today before heading out to hike one of the foothills of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

The two-hour trek is fairly steep, but it’ll give your legs a good stretch out ready for your next big day on the bike. You’ll need to come back even stronger for the second half of the adventure..

It’s time to get those legs pumping again.

We’ll leave Mount Cook village in our wake and drive south to the stunning small town of Wanaka – the unofficial capital of the great outdoors. The town is nestled at the head of Lake Wanaka and pinned in by the Crown Range mountains.

We’ll check in to our accommodation then stock up on provision for the remainder of your adventure. We can also head out for an optional ride on an interesting selection of trails that skirt and weave along the river banks around Lake Wanaka. Between the water and the slopes, you’ll see why Wanaka dominates the summer and winter outdoor scene in New Zealand.

We’ll have dinner in another lovely local restaurant and get ourselves psyched up for the next day’s riding!

Distance cycled: 10km (app. 1.5 hours)

+Day 9 - Mount Pisa Range

Hope you’re still hungry for adventures in the wilderness, as today we tackle the highest mountain range this side of Antarctica, reaching a height of almost 2000m on the Mount Pisa summit.

After fighting an uphill battle to get to the summit, you’ll begin to weave your way down through the outcropping towers of rock on the otherwise wide-open mountain-range plateau. As we take in the view over the jagged Dunstan mountains, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!

From the high plateau, you’ll descend on an absolute gem of a singletrack that’ll drop you out at a remote riverside mountain hut. You’ll be grinning from ear-to-ear after taking this ‘Holy Trail’ that even few locals know of, which takes you straight to your accommodation.

It’ll have been a long day by the time we reach the bar, but one filled with stacks of once-in-a-lifetime moments from your 1700m descent back down to earth. After a hard day’s work, you can expect another fine selection of local craft beers before crashing out for the night.

Distance cycled: 54km (app. 6 hours)

+Day 10 - The Remarkables

After breakfast this morning we’ll make the drive into Queenstown, passing impressive and imposing mountain ranges pinning this small town in. The Otago landscape is peppered with gold mines and early explorer history, and today you’ll be riding straight into the thick of it!

We’ll be riding in the footsteps of gold miners as we trace our way alongside one of New Zealand’s longest historic water races reborn into hand built single track. Unlike water, today we can fight gravity as our journey up the mountain is vehicle assisted. You might actually hear your legs give a sigh of relief! But rest assured, the remaining journey is no cakewalk – you still have some work to do today!

We’ll be riding high above the valley floor riding bench-cut singletrack that will see you swooping around the flanks of this high mountain trail, the vistas are abound today so we have allowed enough time so you can take ‘that’ picture!

Distance cycled: 20km (app. 3 hours)

+Day 11 - Trail royalty in Queenstown

In recent years, Queenstown has become a bit of a mountain biking Mecca. But with so many trail choices available, you really need a local to show you around the best routes in the area.

For the penultimate day of your adventure, we’re going to enjoy the incredible trails around Rude Rock to the absolute max!.

Having already ridden some pretty big days, today we’re minimising the climbing and maximising the descending, riding laps of Rude Rock and Zoots, which will blow your mind.

When you arrive back at your Queenstown accommodation you’ll be ready – and deserving of – that post-ride beer and dinner!

Distance cycled: 20km – 35km (app. 5 hours)

+Day 12 - More Queenstown trail gems

After another fabulous breakfast in our Queenstown hotel, you’ll ride around Ben Lomond to Moke Lake and return via the banks of Lake Wakatipu on a trail that can only be described as perfect singletrack.

The ride starts as a singletrack climb that soon turns into an undulating and, at times, challenging watercourse trail that winds its way over the incredible Arther’s Point. From here, the track runs alongside a deep gorge that channels some incredibly fast-flowing river rapids, much to the delight of the local white water rafters.

After an exhilarating descent, your two wheels will stick firmly to the valley floor as we head towards Moke Lake, before we rise and descend further on more sublime singletrack to Dispute Lake. From here, we take a little known local trail to Wilson Bay, where you’ll have the chance to ditch your bike and head out for a dip in the lake.

After some lunch at the beach, we’ll spend the afternoon winding our way back through the lakeside singletracks towards Queenstown for a big celebration dinner and a few beers in a specially selected local restaurant.

We’ll have time to relive the best of our adventure together and have a chance to go out in style as we paint the town red for our last night in New Zealand.

Distance cycled: 20km (app. 2-3 hours)

+Day 13 - Departure

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately that means your mountain bike tour New Zealand adventure too. It’s time for us to bid you farewell.

We’ll transfer you to Queenstown airport to catch your flight back to the real world. You’ll be exhausted and your pack will be in desperate need of a wash – but it won’t matter to you in the slightest because you’ll also be taking away something much more from your adventure around New Zealand.

You’ll be taking away a host of absolutely unforgettable memories. Experiences that you’ll look back on and cherish for the rest of your life.

Please note: a mountain biking adventure is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in New Zealand and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

+Tour price

Mountain bike tour New Zealand Price

£2,995 / $3,900 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.

Price includes:

  • Services of fully-qualified, expert mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • All breakfasts, including double coffees!
  • Entry to Hanmer hot pools
  • Kit transfer to mountain hut on day 4
  • Mount Cook hike guide
  • All transport and luggage transfer required as part of the itinerary
  • Airport/ H+I recommended hotel pick-up on day 1 (Christchurch) and drop-off on day 13 (Queenstown) of tour (specified times apply)
  • Global Rescue emergency evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International/ domestic flights
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Tourist visas
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included


+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect adventure for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other tours that may well be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

Skill level: Intermediate+

  • You are generally comfortable riding most types of terrain in different conditions: singletrack, double track, muddy, dry, loose, bedrock…
  • You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
  • You’ll have a go on moderate technical features, such as small rock gardens, small drops and steeper sections, but may get off and walk certain technical features
  • You ride more than once a week throughout your biking season
  • And the ‘+’ part of ‘Intermediate+’ means that you will be aiming to tackle more of those moderate technical features

Fitness level: 4

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, exercising three or four times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time
  • You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle two or three fairly serious climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • Double track: undulating and sometimes steep forest roads made up of hard-packed dirt, and loose tracks with golf ball- to fist-sized rocks
  • Singletrack: purpose-built and natural singletrack, at times with golf ball- to head-sized (fixed) rocks, roots, and sand sections
  • Forest trails: dirt tracks crossed with roots and sometimes very narrow through the trees
  • Trail surfaces may be dry and sandy or muddy, depending on the weather, and you will encounter river crossings


+Arrival + departure details

Your mountain bike tour New Zealand will commence in Christchurch and will finish in Queenstown, in the South Island. As such, you should book your flights to arrive in Christchurch and depart from Queenstown.

We strongly advise that you arrive in Christchurch two days (or more) prior to the tour start date in order to overcome jet lag and travel weariness. We can provide you with a list of recommended accommodations in Christchurch for this purpose.

Christchurch and Queenstown airports are well served by international airlines, and when you arrive in Christchurch we will arrange transfer to your local accommodation.

On the first day of your adventure, your guides will collect you from your accommodation and transfer the whole group to our base 30 minutes from the city centre, where we’ll build and test bikes, ready for your antipodean adventure!

+Travelling to New Zealand

Most travellers will come to the South Island of New Zealand via Christchurch or Queenstown.

Major airlines travelling to Christchurch and Queenstown include:

  • British Airways
  • Air New Zealand
  • Qantas
  • Emirates

You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some handy hints and tips on travelling by air with your bike.

Visas

For advice on entry visa entry requirements to New Zealand please visit the Tourism New Zealand website

+Preparing yourself + your bike for the trip

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain biking holiday in New Zealand, so that you have everything you need!

The ideal bike for mountain bike tour New Zealand is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 150mm of travel.

To get the most out of your mountain biking holiday in New Zealand you should plan some training in advance of your tour, and we’ve prepared a training plan for this kind of adventure.

Please note: It is absolutely essential that your bike is completely spotless for arrival in New Zealand. NZ authorities are extremely strict about foreign organisms entering their country and upsetting the natural eco-systems, so if you have any dirt on your tyres your bike may not make it through customs. We recommend that you invest in some new tyres specially for your adventure in New Zealand.

You must also have your bike professionally serviced, including your shocks, in preparation for your New Zealand mountain bike adventure.

+Your mountain bike guides in New Zealand

Our local mountain bike guides in New Zealand are of the very highest standard. They are qualified in first-aid, and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely through the diverse eco-systems and unpredictable weather of New Zealand.

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the South Island trails and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.

+Accommodation + food

The majority of accommodation that we  use on
 this mountain biking holiday in New Zealand is family-owned and operated hotels, guest lodges and B&Bs. You’ll also be staying in a remote mountain hut in the middle of a beautiful rain forest to give you that real wilderness experience.

You’ll enjoy fabulous food in New Zealand, made from fresh, locally-sourced produce, accompanied by delicious local wines and craft ales – all perfect reward for hard days on the bike!

Most of your meals, including breakfasts, will be in local cafés which, in New Zealand, serve the most delicious, home-cooked meals, from the best local ingredients. This includes freshly-baked bread, pastries and cakes, perfect for replenishing your energy! You should budget around 1,500 NZD for meals and drinks during your trip.

+Health + safety

No specific vaccinations are needed to enter New Zealand,
 but you should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

You can drink the water from the taps in New Zealand, and also from streams on the advice of your guides.

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + foreign exchange

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD), and this is the only currency accepted in the country.

There will be plenty of ATMs along the way, but we recommend you have a reserve of around $250 with you on arrival, just in case.

Tipping

We suggest a tip of 2% to 6% of the cost of your tour should be paid to your mountain bike guide at the end of the trip, which will then be divided between drivers, support staff and fixers, if you feel you have had a great experience in New Zealand.

+Holiday insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: if you have arranged your own holiday insurance, you must bring a copy of your policy with you on your mountain bike holiday with us.

Please note: a mountain biking adventure is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in New Zealand and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) mountain bike holiday New Zealand

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between eight and ten people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our mountain biking vacation in New Zealand is six.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

Our mountain biking adventure in New Zealand caters for a wide age range; typically between 30 and 60 years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness and good bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.

  • Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?

This mountain bike vacation on New Zealand’s South Island is a guided mountain biking holiday, ideal for intermediate+ mountain bikers. Riding here, in the wild, dramatic landscapes of New Zealand you’ll experience some tough climbs and descents, as well as some lovely flowing singletrack. You’ll ride through a huge diversity of ecosystems, including rainforest, high alpine ridges, and glacial valleys, and you’ll experience some big backcountry wilderness riding too.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 18km to 64km. The flow of the itinerary has been designed give you the ideal mix of long, epic backcountry days, and shorter New Zealand classic trails to ensure that you get the most from every single riding experience.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a day pack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival. On our big wilderness days where we ride into a mountain hut you need to carry a change of clothes for the evening/ next day’s biking, but other provisions will be dropped at the hut, ready for your arrival.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your New Zealand mountain bike adventure. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain biking holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your mountain bike guides are local to New Zealand and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of their country. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip.

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this mountain biking holiday in the South Island of New Zealand you will be staying in variety of different accommodation, from local small motels, to traditional sheep stations, boutique hotels, and a wilderness mountain hut.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

Breakfasts are included each day, trail snacks, lunches and dinners are at your own expense.

  • Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 150mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike. We can arrange bike hire for you for the duration of your trip and have a limited number of fantastic Yeti full suspension bikes available on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Q. The itinerary says that we fly into Christchurch and fly out of Queenstown, is it possible to fly out of Christchurch instead?

Yes, it is possible and there will be a transfer available, however it will be a seven to eight-hour drive from Queenstown to Christchurch.

  • Q. How will my bike bag get from Christchurch to Queenstown for the end of the trip?

Don’t worry about that, we have everything in hand for bag transfers!

  • Q. What about tourist visas, how do I get those?

To find out if you require a visa to enter New Zealand as a tourist, read the information on the Tourism New Zealand website.

  • Q. What will the weather be like in New Zealand?

The weather during your mountain bike vacation in New Zealand will vary according to the eco-system and areas in which you’re riding. Overall, the weather will be very pleasant and sunny for mountain biking, with temperatures around 20C/68F to 25C/77F each day. In the high alpine and rain forest regions it may be cooler and wetter, so it’s important to make sure you have everything on the kit list with you for your New Zealand adventure.

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

The South Island of New Zealand boasts very diverse eco-systems, so you should expect changes in weather and temperatures, from hot and dry in the east to potentially damp and cool in the rain forests of the west. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike tour in New Zealand.

Our route

Outline map mountain biking tour in New Zealand

Our guides

Liam Stroud, our mountain bike guide in New Zealand

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