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.
Everything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking.
Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking...
Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking skill clinic are quite scarce. Richard La China and his team offer such clinic! Richard has the training as a Coach from USA Cycling and the experience as an expert racer to develop in you the skills and therefore the confidence to negotiate the treacherous obstacles on your path as a mountain biker. His clinic has several levels from beginner to expert and is organized incrementally to facilitate the learning of more and more difficult skills. In addition to his and his expert team's demonstrations, I also like his verbal explanations about the why of a specific position or skill to have. Richard and his team have the dedication and patience to teach you anything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking. ~ Anne-Catherine
Probably the best money I’ve spent on mountain biking …
I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the...
I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the best money I've spent on mountain biking in quite a while. Aaron tuned the clinic to our skills and needs, putting in extra time and attention where we needed more work and covering a wide range of skills. After mountain biking for almost 20 years, there were still missing pieces (and some bad habits) to my riding that he picked up on, explained, and then showed me how to improve, correct, and practice. Aaron was knowledgeable, patient, and progressed through skills in steps so there wasn't too much to digest at any one time. As the day progressed, he rolled them all together as we moved through different trail features, so I really got a good sense of how to put things into practice. He was also very familiar with the venue, Village Greens Park, so he knew exactly which sections to hit to practice particular skills - it was a great combination of drills and very watchful instruction, then honing those skills on real trail features. And, as we talked about with him during lunch, even experienced riders should consider the "fundamentals" course - I really had no idea that I needed work on some of the basics, like braking. I'm heavy on the rear brake just as a long-established habit - who knew? (Well, apparently Aaron did...) ~Jon Gotow
I would highly recommend it to individuals at a wide range of skill levels.
I attend the 3-day mountain bike skills camp in Mulberry Gap Georgia and it was a great experience. We spent...
I attend the 3-day mountain bike skills camp in Mulberry Gap Georgia and it was a great experience. We spent the first day going over fundamentals and doing drills and the second and third day riding trails. The combination of instruction and practice was very useful. Our instructors, Randy and Erin, are expert riders and wonderful instructors. The explained and demonstrated skills wells and provided helpful feedback. The Mulberry Gap resort was also a wonderful location to hold this event. I would highly recommend it to individuals at a wide range of skill levels. ~Armand A.
Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team...
Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to “pre-turn”, & most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider. As another review said, “best money spent on mountain biking.” You can have an expensive bike, but if you don’t know how to ride, what’s the point? Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes! ~Rean
Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two....
Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two. Being able to get instant feedback from the instructor (s) in this case Richard La China and his assistant is invaluable. From getting the correct riding position to improving the skills necessary to have a fast flow through the trails builds confidence and is the key to having more fun when mountain bike riding. Also I've taken one-on-one lessons (with Richard La China) and it really speeds up the learning (in my case it was basic jumping) in any area where you deem to be weak in or just need improvement. ~ Thad G.