Seaside beachtowns, tastings of the finest local Sauvignon Blanc, heli-biking, epic descents, unwinding in natural hot springs, morning mountaintop coffee — this is the Ramble On.
New Zealand has become known in recent years as one of the top adventure destinations in the world, and with good reason. This 9‑day journey from Nelson to Queenstown is an intermediate level women’s ride, jam packed with true mountain bike adventure. Join us and a crew of super cool women from around the globe sure to become your new best mates!
Created by two passionate and highly experienced mountain bike guides, this trip is everything you could possibly dream of… and so much more.
Is This Ride For You?
You are a fit, intermediate level mountain biker. You can handle a variety of terrain, challenging long climbs, fun flowy descents, and are comfortable with some level of exposure. You can ride for 3–4 hours a day for multiple days in a row. You enjoy connecting with other like-minded and like-skilled women mountain bikers from around the globe. You enjoy riding in an inclusive, no drop, and supportive group, pushing your limits and trying new things. No back-flips, no must-do drops, just solid riding with avid mountain bikers and big days of adventure!
Day 1. Arrival Day. Bike building, yoga and wine!
Kia Ora Mates!
Welcome to this little slice of Paradise called New Zealand!
You’ll be arriving into one of NZ’s most sunny and beautiful artsy towns, known as Nelson. Home to delicious Sauvignon Blanc, micro breweries and home grown organic veggies — you’ll absolutely love the vibe of this place! Nelson is a favorite destination among many, and it’s also known for its epic mountain biking.
Upon arrival, we encourage you to unwind, settle in and rest up for the week of mountain bike adventure!
Bike rentals will be assigned and those who brought bikes will have assistance for building them.
This afternoon, we’ll join a local Yoga practice to unwind from the long flight.
Tonight, we’ll convene for dinner and get to know each other before we embark on the week of adventure.
*For North American travelers, we highly recommend arriving in Nelson a day or two early to adjust to the time difference and catch up on needed rest after the long flight. We recommend staying at The Rutherford Hotel in Nelson, only a short cab ride from the airport.
Day 2. Ride Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman & Wine-tasting
Rising to the sounds of Bell birds and fresh ocean air, we’ll drive north from Nelson and head over to Motueka in the scenic Tasman Bay.
From here, we’ll make our way over to the start of The Abel Tasman National Park. After gearing up, we’ll hit the trails at one of New Zealand’s most stunning beachside areas at the head of Kaiteriteri Beach. The riding at Kaiteriteri offers up beautiful vistas over golden sand beaches, lush native fern filled singletrack and dense pine forests, and finishes by popping us out to the Tasman Sea! You’ll be begging for more.
From the trails, we’ll ride straight to our beachside accommodation for the evening.
This area is an all time favourite beachside paradise for locals and international visitors alike.
After a well deserved swim in the ocean, we’ll head close by to some local wineries in the area, and savour some delicious Sauvignon Blancs!
Day 3. Heli-biknig, Old Ghost Road & Kiwi Backcountry Hut
Another exciting day ahead, as we’ll be flying high in style with heli-biking today!
We’ll start the day off by making our way from Nelson over to the Wild West Coast, to the old Ghost town of Lyell set in the Lyell Mountain Range.
We’ll then gear up for our overnight adventure on The Old Ghost Road. It’s New Zealand’s newest and longest backcountry singletrack and it sure is epic!
Our pilot will drop us off in the alpine, and we’ll ride to our hut perched on top of the World!
A short ride to our hut, where we’ll drop our gear for the night, and then we’ll head onwards to a super scenic part of the track called the Skyline Ridge!
Stunning vistas, epic singletrack and a true kiwi backcountry experience awaits you ladies! We’ll stay in a backcountry hut tonight perched in a slice of heaven.
Please Note: The Heli-biking experience requires all bikes to be strapped securely to a rope that hangs under the chopper in flight. Although the bikes are packed with care, it is likely for the bikes to shift during air transport creating scratches on the bikes paint. If you are concerned with your bike getting scratched, you have the option of wrapping your bike in a foam pad which we will supply, and you will then be responsible for riding out with the foam pad in your backpack. Renting a bike through the Add-Ons tab is also an option. Sacred Rides is not responsible for scratches on bikes.
Day 4. Epic Descent — NZ’s Longest Downhill
Rising to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and great views, we’ll test our brakes out for our awesome mission ahead!
We’ll be enjoying a 3500 ft. descent — New Zealand’s longest downhill in the country!
The ride flows through open alpine vistas, Fern Gully forests and beautiful native Beach trees making for a an epic flowy descent!
After our ride, we’ll drive down the Grey Valley and then head inland up and over the Southern Alps to the Craigieburn Forest.
Day 5. Ride Craigie Burn Trails
Rising to the high dry mountains, we’ll get back in the saddle for some epic riding in The Craigie Burn Forest.
We will tackle an uphill gravel road and then a heart kicker singletrack to meet the start of the Luge track.
After a well deserved rest, we’ll head down the super fun “Luge” track which will join us to the new Dracophyllum and Hogsback Track. This is New Zealand’s singletrack at its best mates… A real hoot with sweet singletrack all the way!
We’ll rest our muscles as we drive to the High Dry McKenzie Country, where we’ll stay in the charming country town of Fairlie.
Day 6. Rejuvenate at Lake Tekapo & Ride The Hobbit
Waking to the beauty and stunning landscapes of the Mackenzie Country, we’ll make our way over the mountains to the stunning Lake Tekapo!
The beautiful landscapes of Lake Tekapo will leave you breathless. It’s known as one of the Dalai Lama’s spiritual vortexes in the past.
This morning is a relaxed one.
We will take the morning to rejuvenate at Tekapo Springs in their three tiered Hot Pools while enjoying wonderful views looking out over Lake Tekapo and the Two Thumb mountain range.
After our morning R&R, we’ll then move onto our secret gem of a ride which flows through the best Alpine views The South Island has to offer. Imagine riding through the high peaks, sheep and flowers on a super fun cross country ride, nothing technical, but a must do . This is a New Zealand dreamy ride just for fun!
We’ll ride to our unique accommodation tonight, where we’ll be staying in a converted shearer‘s quarters, with views to die for!
Ending with a few cold bevies, it doesn’t get more Kiwi than this mates!
This area is also home to some of the clearest skies in the world! Perfect for nighttime star gazing!
Day 7. Morning Stretch, Ride Lake Wanaka & Wine-tasting
An early morning stretching practice, overlooking the giant peaks of Mt Cook and surrounding glaciers will start us off just right!
After leaving this breathtaking place, we’ll head down to Central Otago. Home to semi desert like landscapes, great Pinot Noirs and amazing riding.
We‘ll enjoy another postcard-perfect drive as we head over The Lindis Pass, and on to the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. Here we’ll spend the afternoon riding some amazing fast flowing singletrack hand built by the keen local mountain bike community. We’ll ride Dean’s Bank, a flowy and fun local ride.
After the ride and a cold bevy, we‘ll make our way up to The Cardona Valley and over to the adventure tourism capital of the world: Queenstown!
Day 8. Queenstown Epics
Queenstown riding delivers in so many epic ways!
Today, we’re taking you girls on some super pretty and super sweet singletrack starting in the backcountry of Lake Wakatipu. This ride offers some scenic singletrack around Moke Lake and Lake dispute.
Starting off with a sweet as cross country style trail, then on to some flowy fun, bringing us down to the deep blue crystal clear shores of 7 Mile Beach.
Shredding a few fun ferny trails and local new favorites along the way, will have us riding through Lord Of The Rings country with huge grins!
After riding, you’ll have the afternoon free to enjoy in Queenstown.
Bungee jump or skydive anyone?
Final farewell dinner and drinks tonight!
Day 9. Departure Day
We have reached the last day of our amazing trip in New Zealand and it’s time to say goodbye.
High five your new riding mates before heading back to the airport. We will arrange one morning drop-off and one afternoon drop-off to the Queenstown Airport .