9 Day New Zealand Mountain Bike Tour (Jan 8-16, 2018)
Ninja MTB performance is excited to announce the ultimate New Zealand guided ride experience. Sign up for a healthy sampling of the finest trails New Zealand’s North Island has to offer. Everything from machine built flow and bike park trails to epic back-country riding through some of New Zealand’s most pristine ancient forests. With more trails than you can shake a stick at and off bike highlights including boat and helicopter shuttles along with opportunities to soak our bodies in naturally occurring hot water pools and rivers (yes we said helicopter), this is going to be one trip you do not want to miss.
After flying into Auckland (New Zealands largest city) you will be picked up from the airport and transported to your hotel. Auckland is a beautiful and vibrant city with plenty of opportunities for shopping and sightseeing, or if you prefer you can rest at your hotel and prepare for the adventures ahead while we assemble and prepare your bike. We will gather for our first group dinner in Auckland that night and hopefully not stay out too late because on day 2 we travel an hour south to hit FourForty Mountain Bike Park. With sweeping bermed corners, flowing beginner friendly jumps and shuttle rides back to the top, FourForty is the perfect place to sharpen our skills for the days ahead. If beginner friendly sounds a little too pedestrian for you fear not, FourForty has trails of all levels including advanced DH trails.
At the end of our days riding we will head for the nearby thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Rotorua has long been a popular tourist destination because of the multitudes of geothermal features in the area including steaming geysers and boiling mud pools. It is also a great place to absorb the local Maori culture of New Zealand and lunch will be provided on one of our days here at The Living Maori Village in Whakarewarewa forest.
With an abundance of world class mountain bike trails, Rotorua was host to the 2006 UCI Mountainbike World Championships and is now the first annual stop on the popular Crankworks World tour. Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa forest was listed by Red Bull magazine as one of the top 8 MTB destinations in the world.
Following our 3 day adventure in Roturua we will head for the shores of Lake Taupo stopping along the way to ride the Whirinaki Forest Trail. Granted protection as a designated Forest Park several decades ago Whirinaki Forest is considered a sacred treasure by the Maori people of New Zealand. This trail offers a rare opportunity to travel back in time through an incredible lush landscape that looks much the same now as it did when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Returning to the modern world, the excitement of loading our bikes into a helicopter and taking off for our next trailhead on day 6 should prove to be one of the highlights of the trip and let’s face it, no trip to New Zealand can truly be complete without a helicopter ride.
Not to be entirely outdone, our 7th and final day of riding will see us riding deep in the bush on the western shore of Lake Taupo alongside spectacular volcanic cliffs, panoramic views of the lake and a hidden waterfall. We will finish the day with a boat ride back across the lake to our final group dinner of the trip.
The following day we will return to Auckland for some final shopping and flights home.
Do not miss out on this opportunity to explore a mountain bike paradise known for it’s wild spectacular scenery, warm and welcoming people and rapidly expanding network of top class trails. New Zealand may well be the worlds best mountain bike destination.
Accommodations (Shared Room) $429 Extra for Private Room
Breakfast and Dinner
Transportation around New Zealand
Bike Park Entry Fee
Bike Assembly and Packing
Richard La China is a Professional Mountain Bike racer, USAC Certified Cycling Coach and a IMBA Certified Mountain Bike Skills Instructor who coaches beginner to pro cyclist. Currently working with mountain bike XC, Endurance and Enduro racers and other competitive and non-competitive mountain bike riders seeking to become their best.
My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills....
My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills. I knew Richard La China from the cross country racing scene and felt confident that he and the ninja team could help out. I bought a woman's beginner clinic for my wife and she really enjoyed the challenge and experience. She is a better mountain biker now with much more confidence and new and improved skills. Mission accomplished! I highly recommend Richard LaChina and the ninja skills clinics for any level. I bought my wife a clinic gift card for Christmas which she will use to take the intermediate clinic. I plan on taking an advanced course to improve my cornering skills. ~ Mark T.
Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I...
Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I look forward to an intermediate level class! Thanks for doing this coach Richard! ~ Sally A.
The best money I’ve ever spent on mountain biking!
Just finished a two day skills workshop in Dallas. To say it was the best money I've ever spent on...
Just finished a two day skills workshop in Dallas. To say it was the best money I've ever spent on mountain biking would be an understatement. Our instructor was Aaron Lucy, a wonderful teacher and just a real pleasure to be around kind of guy. I highly recommend Ninja for anyone from novice to advanced riders as they cover just about anything and everything that will make you a more rounded rider. Thanks so much Aaron for all the advice and coaching! ~Mark Stewart
I'm a 63 y.o. Road and MTB cyclist. I've ridden mountain bikes since 1988. I really wish that I'd taken...
I'm a 63 y.o. Road and MTB cyclist. I've ridden mountain bikes since 1988. I really wish that I'd taken this course 25 years ago and I might have avoided some of the injuries I received over the years. I took only the morning first intro session at Phoenix and I learned a great deal in a short period of time. Richard is a very gifted cyclist and coach with excellent pedagogical skills. The class moved quickly, but covered all the appropriate details needed to handle a bike on technical trails. Richard had two local expert cyclists who demonstrated techniques while he provided a narrative and answered question. We had one relatively new rider who was very wary of some of the steeper, technical descents. By the end of the class, you could actually see a significant increase in her confidence using the skills acquired in the class. I'm looking forward to doing one of Ninja's camps and I hope they are able to expand their clinics to my area (Albuquerque, NM). William J.