- Accommodation each night (max 6 share, upgrades available)
- Daily breakfast each day
- Both of your nights at Castle Hill include dinner
- All shuttles on Queenstown Bike Park
- Skyline Gondola Pass
- All maps, detailed trail advice and recommendations
- Unparalleled scenery on a mix of downhill and backcountry XC trails
- Two expert and friendly tour guides with local knowledge
- Small group sizes (16 max)
- Quality riding lights for the special Haka Night Adventure Ride (if you do not already own some)
- Commentary of every location we visit
- Plus many surprise stops on the way
WHERE WE VISIT
- Castle Hill
- Cardrona Park
South Island Mountain Bike Tour - 7 Days
Explore the beautiful South Island on this epic trip that will take you to some of the best mountain bike tracks in the country!
Buy as a Gift
- Optional add-ons at extra cost
- Bikes not included. Bring your own or hire one for $499.
Why do we love this
We love the extra layer of adventure mountain biking adds to your New Zealand experience. It's a whole different way of exploring the iconic landscapes!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The South Island is renowned for its outstanding beauty and adventures. Plant your feet on your pedals as you take a spin on some of the most thrilling and perfectly crafted trails the mighty South Island has to offer.
DAY 1 – CHRISTCHURCH TO CASTLE HILL
Kia ora, and welcome to New Zealand, where you’ll find some of the best mountain biking anywhere in the world!
We kick things off early, meeting at 8.00 am in the lounge of our Christchurch accommodation, where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to get started. And then getting started is exactly what we'll do!
From superb winding singletrack around Godley Heads to tracks with names such as Flying Nun and Anaconda, you know you will be in for a treat on the perfectly built XC and DH trails that only the locals know. Today you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the looming Southern Alps, right out over Banks Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.
In the afternoon, after we have ridden our fair share of Christchurch’s best, we rally the troops and head for our next destination: CASTLE HIILL!
We’ll be staying at the epic Porters Lodge tonight, dinner is included. Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area.
Port Hills Trails. Trails available from Moderate to Extreme.
60.5 kilometres of trails, grades: 3–6.
Christchurch Adventure Park. Trails available from Beginner to Pro Line.
40 kilometres of trails, grades: 1–6.
DAY 2 – CASTLE HILL
Today is the day for our next adventure ride. A white-knuckle classic: the Craigieburn Edge Track. A short 30-minute journey takes us up and over Porters Pass, and we enter the Castle Hill Basin, home to mystical limestone rocks and gold tussock.
Then we drive deeper into the mountains with their grey scree faces – this is some hardcore stuff. Our chosen trails are true alpine tracks, crossing 37-degree scree slopes, dipping in and out of bush.
Pioneered for ski tourism over 70 years ago, these were tackled by intrepid cyclists before mountain biking was even a thing!
If you want something cruisier, there’s the newly constructed Hogs Back Track – a perfect blend of natural trails with tools in just the right spots for flow.
Tonight is your second - and final - night at Porters Lodge. Swap trail stories with your new mates over dinner (included) and be ready for more activities tomorrow. Please note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation in the area.
Craigieburn Trails. Trails available from Intermediate upwards.
24 kilometers of trails, grades: 3–6.
DAY 3 – CASTLE HILL TO WANAKA
Even though it's difficult to leave the views behind, we track on, and depart to another vividly picturesque South Island MTB haven: Wanaka.
Winding through green farmland and high- country merino sheep stations, the impressive Clyde Dam comes into view – and shortly after, we arrive at Alexandra. We wouldn’t dream of missing out on this kind of out-of- this-world terrain.
This is a mountain biker’s dream playground, with multi-line trails allowing riders to take it easy or take on gnarlier drops and rock lines, all within whooping distance of your fellow Haka companions.
Back in Wanaka, you’ll have some free time to enjoy the sights or experience a thrilling optional activity.
Once dinner is eaten, it’s time for another of Haka’s famous night rides around some of Wanaka’s awesome trails. Whip around the expertly contoured tracks guided by the lights provided by your guide and the glittering stars above. It truly doesn’t get much better than this: you are in MTB paradise.
Alexandra Trails. Trails available from Intermediate to Hard.
17.5 kilometres of trails, grades: 3–4.
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme.
30 kilometres of trails, grades: 1–6.
DAY 4 – WANAKA TO QUEENSTOWN
We crack on with an early start in Wanaka to get to know this beautiful little town and is legendary lake.
Next up is the short scenic drive over the magnificent Crown Ranges, down into Arrowtown for a feast of cross-country awesomeness!
After a bite to eat (a hearty pie from the Arrowtown Bakery is highly recommended), we nip on up the road to Coronet Peak area, with staggering views of Queenstown and the Remarkables.
And how about those downhills? Don’t think we’ve forgotten about gravity! Today, we’ll show you some of our local favourites. The trails descending from New Zealand’s first commercial ski resort, Coronet Peak, are world class.
Rude Rock and the Zoot Track have been voted some of the top tracks in Queenstown by locals and visitors alike and, once you blast around and down them, we are sure you will agree! We might even save you from the uphill sections and cart you to the top so you can fly through the downhill without delay.
Beginner to Advanced.
30+ kilometres, grades: 1–6.
Coronet Peak (Rude Rock & Zoot Track)
Intermediate to Hard.
7+ kilometres, grades 3–4.
DAY 5– QUEENSTOWN
Waking up in the Adventure Capital of New Zealand is an experience in itself, with impressive scenery and colossal peaks towering over the energetic lakeside town. This MTB Mecca has a whole lot to offer.
We look to the skies and see New Zealand's first-ever gondola-assisted bike lift, providing direct access to Queenstown Bike Park. Get your suspension ready and heart pumping; there will be no granny gears here! With over 26 world class mountain biking trails and varying terrain for all abilities, in amongst the pine trees of the Ben Lomond Reserve, Queenstown Bike Park boasts over 30 kilometres of tracks and a longest run of 6 kilometres.
A 450-metre vertical rise via the Skyline Gondola gives you easy access to one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike parks. Attach your mountain bike to your Gondola cabin at the Skyline Queenstown base and enjoy the leisurely uphill Gondola ride before detaching your bike and taking on the legendary challenges of the Queenstown Bike Park.
Queenstown Bike Park
Trails available from Beginner to Extreme.
30 kilometres of trails, grades: 2–6.
DAY 6 – QUEENSTOWN
Next up, there’s an unmissable option to enjoy the long, swooping exposed singletrack descent into what was once the world’s richest gold mining area, The Skippers Canyon Pack Track.
The afternoon also has the option of heading up to the Cardona Ski Field – a spot that, when it's not the winter months, is home to some expertly carved downhill and freeride MTB tracks littered across its slopes for you to enjoy.
The chairlift will take you and your trusty steed to the top of the mountain to bomb down the trails to your heart’s content. You can show off all the skills you have picked up during the tour and put them to the test on the jumps and freeride park onsite.
Our final run takes us straight from peak to pub – from Cardona Bike Park all the way down to the Cardrona Hotel in the valley below.
This afternoon is also a great time to get some additional activities under your belt! Want to go up higher into the surrounding mountains? We totally recommend a heli-bike trip. If there’s one extra activity you are going to splash out on this trip, heli-biking is one of the most jaw-dropping and exhilarating activities you can do. Take to the skies to ride otherwise inaccessible trails and get all of downhill but none of the uphill. 100% awesome!
Cardrona Mountain Bike Park
Trails available from Beginner to Advanced
25+ kilometres of trails, grades 1–5.
Skippers Canyon Pack Track
5 kilometres, grade 4+
DAY 7 – QUEENSTOWN
Your tour ends this afternoon, however not before you've gotten through a morning of adventure! Queenstown is the perfect place to wrap up your Kiwi adventure!
The options are endless: jump on one of Queenstown’s many adventure activities such as jet boating, bungy jumping, luging, skydiving or rafting, or give your tires another spin and shoot out around the extensive and impressive trail network over at 7 Mile Delta, just a short ride from Queenstown on the Awatea and Sunshine Tracks.
While the tour ends this afternoon, but the fun doesn’t have to! Extend your stay at Haka Lodge here in Queenstown to keep the adventure going; there are many more magnificent trails around the area to experience and explore.
7 Mile Bike Park
Trails available from Intermediate to Hard
17.5 kilometres of trails, grades: 3–4.
South Island Mountain Bike Tour - 7 Days
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Christchurch at 8am on Day 1. You can book accommodation with us Christchurch before your tour starts through us, which means you’ll be in amongst it to kick things off! The tour ends in Queenstown on Day 7. We can book accommodation for you in Queenstown for that evening, or if needed, arrange for you to fly back to Christchurch. However, Queenstown is also an international airport so you may be able to fly home directly from there.
What is the tour bus like?
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 14 people, there are always some extra seats to spread out a bit!
What happens if a track is closed or there is very bad weather?
We make amendments to our tour route 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 your activity pass.
What is the size of each tour group?
The maximum size of a Mountain Bike Tour is 14 people. We book out in advance for during these summer seasons so our average passenger number can be very close to 14.
What ability do I need to be to go on the tour?
Our tours are aimed towards all the MTB enthusiasts out there, so 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 are an intermediate-to-advanced rider, or can handle a bike well, these tours are ideal. If you have any questions regarding your skills and suitability for the tour, don’t hold back, ring up Haka Tours and we will be able to help you out.
Do I need to bring my own bike?
Everybody generally has their own trusty steed that they love as much (if not more!) than their own loved ones. Our tours are designed for riders to bring their own bikes, or we are easily able to sort out great quality, late model full suspension Specialized bikes for the duration of your tour. Just get in touch!
What is the standard of accommodation?
Regardless of where we go, accommodation absolutely has to meet our standards and we have hand-picked every place we use. Standard accommodation is dorm share, with the option to upgrade to a private room.
What are the rental bikes like?
Our Specialized Stumpjumper bikes provide the latest technologies developed by our friends at Specialized. When you need to blend ruggedness, efficiency and downright nimbleness into one trial bike, it's hard to beat the construction of the Stumpjumper!
What do I need to bring?
Your reliable bike (if you aren't renting one), a few personal repairs (spare tubes/ tyres/puncture kit/portable pump), helmet, riding shoes, water bottles, daily riding snacks, daypack, swimming togs – as well as a positive attitude and sense of humour! Your guides will be able to provide you with a foot bike pump, lights for night riding (if you don’t have your own), and an unforgettable experience with NZ’s best mountain biking.
I'm travelling alone, can I join this trip?
Definitely! Across all our tours, the majority of our guests are solo travellers, so absolutely jump on board this tour – or any of Haka Tours' awesome trips!
- 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.
- 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).