Kicking off our second Native North MTB tour in 2016, we were joined by another great group of riders looking to see some of New Zealand's best riding & touristy bits. Being the good guys we are, we took all the pre-tour customer requirements, needs, demands, desires (call them what you will) and put them into the mixing pot. After some careful deliberation as to how much fun we could fit into a single week - we embarked on what can only be described as a week of unadulterated goodtimes.
Starting off the week we snuck into Rotorua for a couple of back to back days on some of our favourite and unarguably New Zealand's best mountain bike trail network. The trails were stunning, a little pre tour rain had them running tacky, damp in places by with unbelievable levels of grip (apart from the roots).
As good as shuttles are, it always pays to work a little harder, pedal a few hills and discover some unique riding. Getting off the main trails and to the secret jewels is part of the reason you'd choose to join us for a guided tour - we didn't disappoint with some stunning views matched only by the trail we dropped into immediately after.
Sore and weary bones all around, we decided we'd better recuperate. What better to do for a lunchtime swim than visit the secret local hotpools. It honestly was an effort to drag the guys out of there, amazing what a little warm water and a few days of mountain biking fatigue can do!
The highlight for the group though was embarking on, and for some of them, their very first heli biking experience! Flying high up into the ranges in the Central North Island, the guys were treated to some sublime views, miles of nothing but nature and views of the stunning snowcapped volcano. It wouldn't be New Zealand heli biking without the biking though, so began the flowing 10km of singletrack down to the heli pickup and for lap two. After more "wooooo-ing" than a group of owls, we were dropped back to heli biking HQ for a picnic and relax in the sun.
It wasn't all riding though, we did plenty of exploring the must see's and must do's whilst in New Zealand. A lap of Hobbiton from Lord Of The Rings, a Maori Cultural Show, and a bungee jump ticked everyones boxes for these activities, so back to riding it was!
The final few days all blur into a myriad of singletrack after singletrack, just getting better and better as we rode. By this time there was no stopping for photos or sights, it was lap after lap cramming the riding into the final couple of days. Luckily one of the guys was go pro-ing the never ending singletrack dream.
Another tour down, another great week and HUGE smiles all round. We'll be packing up our suitcases again ready for the 19th Feb Alpine South MTB tour next including our overnight experience!