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.
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time. My riding improved instantly and I have...
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time. My riding improved instantly and I have really enjoyed the increased confidence jumping my bike over obstacles. My muscle memory takes a while to kick in and Coach Richard and his crew of master Ninjas were really patient with me. I even got some bonus education on climbing faster during one of our warm-up laps! Even though I have been riding for years I learned something new with every skill taught. The clinic was worth every penny and I will be signing up for an advanced one this summer. ~Michael W.
Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome! We all got the opportunity to work...
Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome! We all got the opportunity to work on improving our skills with their feedback. Next time I would definitely do the intermediate clinic or do a one-on-one session. Richard is super patient and provides great feedback and riding tips. ~ Lisa D.
My speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved!
I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going...
I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved. I would not have attempted 50% of the drops and jumps on the course prior to participating in the clinic, and my overall time would have been much slower. The first two hours of the class (int/adv Sedona) made the whole thing more than worth it, and the rest of the two days seemed like a bonus. Both Courtney and Richard were encouraging and patient, and both had that classic mountain biker charm and humor ready when the moment called for it. Overall a very enjoyable and valuable weekend. For reference, I participate in amateur XC endurance races (with no hope of ever coming close to winning anything) and have been riding for about two years. I was worried before taking the class that I would not be skilled enough, but the int/adv was appropriate for my skill level. If you're worried, just go for it anyway. There is a good mix of people and everyone was very friendly! ~Alana Bencivengo
The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it.
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It...
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It covered a wide breadth of skills, some of which I already felt aquatinted with and others I had little to no experience with. I found all of the material useful. I was able to improve skills I already had and was able to learn new skills. I also feel confident leaving the course that the instructors have provided all of the information for me to practice and improve outside of the course setting. The environment of Balboa Park was perfect for learning and sessioning the skills covered. The instructors were friendly, fun, and attentive to all of the participants. They spent more or less time on certain skills based on how the entire group was grasping them. They also gave individualized attention to participants that required more help with technique. The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it. ~Heather B.