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
The Guru’s #1 passion is taking bike skills and breaking them down into tangible, progressive steps. Is there a skill you just can’t master? A maneuver you don’t understand? A fear you can’t seem to get past? Turn to the Guru! The Ninja Skills Guru has spent years riding bikes and carefully breaking down riding skills into easy digestible steps so you can tackle the trail with confidence. Yup, the guru is that friend who doesn’t talk about anything but bikes!
Woohoo! As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher!...
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.
Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence!
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much...
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of that (along with critical bike setup) and the intermediate stuff that they teach in one day plus he spent an extra hour at the end to teach us jumping which I had always been nervous about. Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence, we even learned to move the bike in the air on a crossed take off and landing. I think my favorite part though was riding fast on the very gnarly technical descent. We will be booking up more private lessons during the summer at Big Bear. Thanks Richard you are a very good teacher! ~John U.
I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and...
I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and felt stuck and was not improving at all. Aaron was a great instructor! Very patient and broke down everything step by step and we repeated the skills until we felt comfortable. I look forward to mastering the skills I learned and taking another clinic in the spring. ~Jody Hachenberger-Amend
Special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in!
My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August...
My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August 20th and 21st. Richard and Aaron and Catherine where fantastic trainers and teachers they brought new light into basic skills of riding each person in the group was able to excel in what we were doing before we moved on to some other awesome skill or task individual attention was felt by all in the group and visible Improvement was seen in all Riders when we have you back next year you should plan on doubling or tripling the number of riders thanks for a super fun weekend and special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in and of course thanks to Richard and Aaron and Kathryn. ~Bruce Hamby
This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike. I was riding a hard tail bike mostly...
This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike. I was riding a hard tail bike mostly for the workout. After racing in an Xterra, I realized that a new bike was in my future. ( I could tell a huge story about the process of purchasing a new MB and the massive amount of miss information you can obtain from bike shops. Especially when you know nothing about bikes. ) Not long after I purchased the new MB, I had my first over the handle bars wreck. I still cannot remember the actual crash. I can see the rut that I am about to hit on the downhill, and then I remember waking up on the trail barely able to breath. The crash gave me some time to catch up on email. One of those emails was a beginners MB clinic hosted by Richard and the Ride Like a Ninja crew. I swallowed my pride and signed up. To date I have done everything I was taught. I made every adjustment to my bike that was recommended. I then had the bike fitted. The skills taught that day are priceless to me. For the first time I understand what position my body needs to be in for each type of terrain. I am not perfect by any means, but in my mind I am shouting the word NINJA to remind myself. I practice the techniques ever time I ride. ~ Hal N.
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