North Island Mountain Bike Tour - 7 Days

Ride through The Redwoods Forest and around Lake Taupo as you zoom from Rotorua to Wellington!

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7 Days 6 Nights
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Start Day 1: 8.00 am. End Day 7: 1.00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
16 people
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
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What's Included

  • Transport to New Zealand's best mountain bike locations
  • Details trail advice and recommendations
  • Continental breakfast every day
  • High-end hostel accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Guides with local knowledge and expert skills 
  • Small groups
  • Some of the best singletrack, scenic backcountry and thrilling downhills
  • All shuttles on Redwoods and Bridge to Nowhere
  • Exclusive Haka Tours riding on backcountry and private trails
  • Maori Cultural Experience night including traditional hangi dinner
  • Access to full toolbox and night lights for the Haka Night Ride



  • Rotorua
  • Whakarewarewa forest
  • Maori Cultural Village
  • Skyline Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Huka Falls or Awatea Dam
  • The Great Lake Trail
  • Bridge to Nowhere trail 
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Lake Taupo
  • Mount Ruapehu
  • Ohakune
  • Whanganui River
  • Pipiriki
  • Wellington
  • Ride around Mount Victoria or Miramar

What's excluded

  • Optional activities and upgrades can be added on tour
  • Bikes not included. Hire from Haka's new Specialized fleet - $499

Why do we love this

What an awesome way to see New Zealand! We love the different travel style this trip provides. 


Get amongst some of the finest mountain biking New Zealand has to offer. From the white-knuckle downhills of Rotorua and perfectly flowing single-track of Taupo, to the most scenic of backcountry epics near Ohakune, this tour will leave you breathless in more ways than one! Your expert guides will show you spectacular spots that you've never heard of too!


Day 1 - Auckland to Rotorua 
Meet 8.00 am, 373 Karangahape Road, Auckland.

Kia ora, and welcome to New Zealand! Here you’ll find some of the best mountain biking in the world!

Kick things off early, meeting your group at 8.00 am and enjoy a free continental breakfast. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone and run through everything you need to know!  When you're ready to go, leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland and head to Rotorua where the bike adventure starts!

Home to over 160 kilometres of trails, Rotorua will give you a taste of what is to come.

Afterwards, head into town for dinner of your choice before settling down for your first night in Rotorua.

Trail Info
Redwoods Forest
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
130 kilometres of trails
Grades: 1-5

Day 2: Rotorua
This is it: the Big Kahuna, El Grande de Nueva Zelanda; the place dreams are made of. After waking up and munching on some breakfast, it's time to get peddling. With the iconic sulphur aroma tingling your senses, get ready for a full day exploring some of the best riding New Zealand has to offer.

Australian Mountain Bike (AMB) magazine recently declared that these are the world’s best mountain bike trails and they're not wrong! Today you'll see why.  With master crafted trails, unbeatable riding surfaces, well-draining volcanic soils, varying topography and fantastic panoramic scenery, this really is riding heaven. It’s no wonder Rotorua is renowned among mountain bikers as one of the world’s premier riding destinations.

There's a range of trails to choose from today with something for everyone. Tracks cater for all levels, from beginners through to experts looking for extreme action.

Included in your tour is a South Star Shuttles trip to get you from bottom to top. It's a leg-saver! You can also add-on of one of the famous MTB Skill Clinics, run by top NZ MTB pros. Perfect for those that would like to work on their form.

After an exhilarating day’s riding, it's time to head back to Rotorua. You'll be well fed and entertained tonight as you enjoy a Maori Cultural evening. Experience Maori heritage and fill your puku (stomach) with a traditional hangi. Yum!

Trail Info
Redwoods Forest
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
130 kilometres of trails
Grades: 1–5

MTB Skills Clinic

Day 3 - Rotorua to Taupo
Waking up bright and early, head to your first gondola-accessed bike park, Skyline Rotorua. The park is used for the legendary Crankworx Slopestyle World Tour each year and there’s a fantastic range of tracks here. They'll be some of the most well-made you’ve ever seen.

Then, hit the road for the hour-long drive to Taupo. Grab lunch on the way and take a peek at the impressive Huka Falls or Awatea Dam.

Once you arrive in Taupo, enjoy some free time. Get out there a few tour add-ons! There's bungy jumping and skydiving, jet boating and kayaking, or even Hole-in-One golf.

Later, grab dinner in town and prepare for one of the highlights of the trip - the famous night ride! Starting at Spa Park, embark on an epic night ride guided by lights. This is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! So will the hot soak in the thermal stream afterwards.

Trail Info
Skyline Rotorua
Trails available from Beginner to Expert
10.5 kilometres of trails
Grades: 2–5

Add-On Activities
Skydiving over Lake Taupo
Water-touch Bungy

Day 4: Taupo to Ohakune
After resting your legs, you'll be ready to ride the beautiful and undulating terrain of the W2K and Headland Loop. This is part of the Great Lake Trail around Lake Taupo. It's an epic journey to invigorate your senses. Following the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, the track gives you stunning views across the water to the majestic volcanic mountains beyond. Enjoy extensive native bush, dramatic scenery and serene lake views with powerful waterfalls and birdsong in the background. There are some sweet purpose-built MTB tracks too!

Later, it’s time to head through the Tongariro National Park for more cycling action. You can actually cycle the Old Coach Road straight to your accommodation which is on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu! Along the way, stop at the pump track for a blast if you’re keen.

Trail Info
Great Lake Trail
Intermediate trail
22.5-kilometre ride
Grade: 3

Day 5 - Ohakune
The mountains greet you this morning when you wake up in Ohakune. Grab a bite to eat and maybe some pictures next to the ‘big carrot’ before starting your cycle for the day.

You'll retrace your steps slightly north to what seems like the middle of the wilderness. Here, another one of New Zealand’s most iconic and incredible one-day rides awaits!

On the Mangapurua Track, the ride is nothing short of amazing! This track boasts all the characteristics of a first-class adventure! There's amazing native bush, rivers, suspension bridges, intriguing history and a variety of tracks once used by pioneers. The ride today includes mainly downward sloping single-track and 4WD terrain. You'll have to decide whether to put your hands on your camera or your brake levers!

This trail is also home to the Bridge To Nowhere which is approximately 34 kilometres long. It's also the iconic symbol of the failed pioneering settlement of the Mangapurua Valley in the 1930s. The ride includes mainly downward sloping single-track and 4WD.

As you ride around the area, you'll realise its remoteness. This is classic New Zealand backcountry at its finest!

After riding through the bush for 4 - 5 hours, you'll arrive at the bubbling Whanganui River. Rather than make you ride all the way back up the hills, you can sit back and relax (or not) as a jet-boat pickup is at your service! The scenic trip will take you down the Whanganui River all the way to Pipiriki. From here, catch a bus back to Ohakune for a well-deserved rest.

Bridge to Nowhere
Intermediate trail
34 kilometres of trail
Grade: 3

Day 6 - Ohakune to Wellington
After a few massive days of back-to-back riding and taking in some of the best New Zealand has to offer, it's time make a beeline towards the capital, Wellington. Today you're moving south through NZ’s only desert, which is filled with geological history. Look out for the wild Kaimanawa horses and maybe even a few hobbits searching for Mordor!

Don't worry though, the fun doesn’t stop just because the bikes are in the trailer! En route to Wellington, there are classic Kiwi-style stops and activities to excite you.

You'll cruise into Wellington in the afternoon and there'll be the option of a ride around Mount Victoria or Miramar. Or, take some time off wheels to get to know the city.

Later, take your pick of awesome places for dinner. Windy Wellington, known for its funky bars and eateries. If you have enough energy and are looking for a great night out, head to Courtenay Place. Its array of bars for a guaranteed night of fun.

Day 7 - Wellington
On your last day, it's up early as you try and beat the sun! Take an early trip to the local MTB park at Makara, where a steady climb takes you to over 40km of perfectly-made trails. It's made even better by the fact you're peddling with a backdrop of the country’s coolest city.

You'll finish at approximately 1.00 pm. Enjoy some free time for the rest of the day.

Trail Info
Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme
Over 40 kilometres of trail
Grades: 1–6


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We will be including a range of different types of trails from flowy singletrack to fun downhills (and even to some uphill grinds to keep you honest). We'll have daily track briefings to let you know what's coming up.

There is a very diverse range of tracks in NZ, from smooth-packed clay to technical rock gardens and everything in between. If the terrain is different to what you're used to, don't worry, our guides will have stacks of tips for mastering them all.

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It depends where we go and what tracks we decide to ride each day. We use shuttles/lift on some days as well. The main thing we emphasise is if you're an intermediate or above rider with a good level of fitness our guides will tailor things to work for you.

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Our tours are aimed all the MTB enthusiasts out there; most of the day’s rides are graded 2-–3+, meaning there might be a few technical sections and/or steep climbs and descents and a couple of long days.

If you have any questions regarding your skills just get in touch with us and we will be able to help you out. Plus we offer MTB Skills Clinics and plenty of guidance on tour for anyone who needs additional help so it's a great opportunity for beginners to quickly advance their skills

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A reasonable level of fitness is required for this active MTB tour. We include some epic and adventurous longer days mixed in with shorter recovery and fun days. If you want to take it easy for a day it's no problem - there are usually a alternative riding options we can sort out.

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We are able to sort out good quality, late model full suspension or hard-tail bikes for the duration of your tour. Just get in touch!

You can also bring your own. A sturdy full-suspension bike will give you the most enjoyment out of our trips, however, a robust front suspension bike may be fine as well. If you have any questions regarding whether your bike may be suitable for our trips, get in touch and we can help you out.

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  • your reliable bike
  • personal repairs (spare tubes/tyres/puncture kit/portable pump),
  • helmet, riding shoes, gloves, and any protective gear
  • sunscreen and sunglasses - the New Zealand sun is pretty strong!
  • water bottle/Camelbak (we will let you know where to get water on the trail)
  • daily riding snacks
  • swimming gear
  • daypack
  • positive attitude and sense of humour!

Your guides can provide you with a foot bike pump, lights for night riding (if you don’t already have some), and an unforgettable experience with NZ’s best mountain biking.

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We have hand-picked every place we stay, staying in our very own Haka Lodges when possible. Standard accommodation is quad share, with the option to upgrade to a private room.

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The average group size is 8-12 people and the tour has a max of 16 people with 2 guides. We generally ride in 2 groups of 8 with a guide and split the group according to skill and pace.

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On the rare occasions that any tracks, parks or activities are shut or have very poor conditions, going to a different, but still awesome track is usually the compromise. If not possible, we will refund the wholesale rate for any activity passes for that day.

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We normally use a 22 seater Toyota Coaster, with a trailer for all your gear and bikes. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about

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Terms & Conditions:

  • To travel with us we require that you are at the minimum age limit of 18 years at time of travel. Anyone over the age of 50 years is more than welcome on our tours but please be aware that a moderate level of fitness is required whilst on tour, so we do recommend that you are relatively fit, healthy and looking for the adventure of a lifetime.
  • Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack. 
  • Activities booked on tour will be charged at the standard retail rate.
  • Itineraries are subject to alteration without notice and intended as a guide only. Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, public holidays, local festivals and cultural or other reasons. 

Cancellation Policy:

  • Outside 45 days - loss of tour deposit
  • 8 - 44 days - 50% of tour cost
  • Within 7 days - 100% of tours cost
  • There will be no charge to request a change of tour departure after the original booking has been confirmed, as long as it is done more than 45 days prior to the original tour departure date. Any further changes or amendments within 45 days of the tour departure, will incur a $500 NZD amendment fee (except when change is due to HAKA TOURS cancelling a tour departure). 


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