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 Lift Tickets Van Shuttles Helicopter Shuttle Boat Shuttle Bike Park Entry Fee Bike Assembly and Packing
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I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road triathlete, I had very little experience and no technical skills on a mountain bike. I took the Ninja beginner and then intermediate classes almost back to back. Richard is a great teacher, and taught the sequential skills that matter most. He does a great job of "breaking things down" with the what and the why, and illustrates the information well with his demonstrations, all the while, delivering it with a sense of humor and enthusiasm. Richard's instruction helped me successfully get through a very technical course in Maui without major injury! Yea, thank you Richard!!. Whether a complete beginner or an advanced rider, I promise you can take a lot away from his classes.... and, let's be honest ...Who doesn't want to be a Ninja! ~ Ray S.
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I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our...
I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our home AND my daughters like to ride in the dirt. Took classes through the high school league to be more acquainted with the fundamentals skills and acquire more knowledge of the NICA league rules. Coach La China and staff broke down the skills for our team riders in a fun and engaging process. Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise to bring our riders to a new level of confidence. ~Ron G.
I really enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced clinic with Aaron in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. Aaron made sure that every skill was...
I really enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced clinic with Aaron in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. Aaron made sure that every skill was practiced thoroughly. He was paying attention to every move and detail and was very patient. My riding has definitely improved since than and I have been practicing the skills a lot on single track. The best advice I received - visualize yourself doing it! I definitely recommend this class to bikers of all levels. ~Yana Brown
I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails. A friend suggested I...
I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails. A friend suggested I take a multi-day skills clinic to help get to the next level. After a brief search I found that Ninja Bike Skills 3 day skills clinic up in Big Bear CA. If you have never taken a class then the old adage "you don't know what you don't know" probably holds true; it did with me. While it the clinic started off simple, the skills taught build on one-another to ensure you have solid foundation basics needed to safely leverage the higher skill stuff taught at the back end of the class. Richard and Aaron brought two great perspectives as one is a XC/Edurance/Enduro rider and the other is dedicated to gravity downhill. The teaching style was simple and actionable. All the Ninja instructors are very knowledgeable and very passionate about MTB which is infectious and make the class fun. I would highly recommend to any level riders who have never had any instruction in MTB skills. Plus if you take the class at a place like Snow Summit Big Bear, you get to ride amazing trails!! ~Greg A.
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Woohoo! As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher! I would encourage everyone to stay away from the mind trap that buying a more expensive mountain bike is what you need to ride better. Spend the money on lessons instead, and I know you will be happier (and safer) in the long run. I can't say enough positive things about the Bike Skills clinics. ~ Chris G.
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