Kia Ora means ‘be well’ in the Maori language. You won’t find it hard to be well in New Zealand, one of the most spellbinding countries on Earth.
On this incredible 10-day ride, you’ll ride with ghosts along New Zealand’s most epic backcountry track (the now famous Old Ghost Road) and flow through the best rides in the country. You’ll heli drop, boat cruise and shred some of the most thrilling and remarkable slices of singletrack known to Kiwis. Plus, you’ll get to shack up in incredible and unique accommodations, including a cozy hut perched 1200 m in the Victoria Mountain Range, a converted shearer’s quarters with picture-perfect views, as well as a magical ocean-side eco-lodge accessible only by water taxi.
Created by two passionate and highly experienced mountain bike guides, this trip is everything you could possibly dream of… and so much more.
Price is inclusive of all applicable NZ taxes.
Is This Ride For You?
You are an experienced, skilled and fit mountain biker with solid mountain bike handling skills who gets out to ride frequently. You have experience riding in a variety of terrain, and can handle challenging climbs, technical descents, as well as some exposure. You can ride for up to 5 hours over several days. You live for adventure, and the bigger the better!
DAY 1. Arrivals, Nelson New Zealand
Kia Ora Mates!
You’ll be arriving into one of NZ’s sunniest, artsy fartsy craft brew loving towns, of beautiful Nelson New Zealand. Home to the most epic Mountain Biking — aka IMBA Gold Status for Mountain Biking. Ferns, golden beaches, bike shops, cafes , and google Kiwiana lifestyle shine here mates. Welcome!
This afternoon we’ll meet up and get test our bikes out on some local Nelson classics, and grab a cold brew or two post ride.
Most of you will have arrived a day or two prior to settle in and recover from jet lag.
DAY 2. Coppermine Saddle and Dunn Mountain
Rising early to the smell of fresh flat white coffees, we’ll be embarking on one of Nelson’s most classic mountain bike tracks.
Here we’ll gear up and take on the local’s Coppermine Saddle Track. A grunt of a 1000 m climb, starting in pine trees, riding through native bush and then rising into the dry alpine with views across the Tasman Bay. This ride is a real goodie!
The sweat and tears are all worth it for the flowy, red rock downhill on the Fern Gully Track!
We’ll hop in the river for a swim to cool off, then ride back into Nelson Township for a cold craft brew in one of our favorite après ride hang outs.
Day 3. Wakamarina Track, Marlborough Sounds Or Takaka/ Rameka Track
Since we will be located centrally in Nelons, we are surrounded by some awesome MTB trails in any direction. Depending on the group and the weather, your guides will choose the most appropriate backcountry trail today. Either ride is an hour or so away from Nelson, and does require a local’s knowledge and logistics & transport.
The Wakamarina is an old gold mining trail, that’s techy and gnarly filled with heaps of stream crossings and fern gully valleys. Ride up to an old backcountry via a super workout.
The Rameka Track is a super shuttle assist gravity fed trail, that swoops down through a variety of changing terrain into the sweet surrender of Golden Bay. Ride and wash your worries away.
Day 4. Old Ghost Road & Heli-bike to Kirwans Track
After an early start, we’ll head west to the ghost town of Lyell and get ready for a good climb up part of the Old Ghost Road.
Here, we’re heading into New Zealand’s newest and epic backcountry singletracks ever made. We’ll ride up a well graded incline of awesome singletrack, through magical forests and alpine ridge lines of the wild west coast. The Old Ghost Road is NZ’s longest singletrack, comprising of an impressive rugged 87 kms in total. Today, we’ll ride and enjoy a stunning part of it!
This afternoon, we’ll head over to the real wild west of New Zealand, and gear up to fly high in a helicopter! We’ll strap the bikes up and set off in style to the top of The Victoria Range to a sweet hut perched in pure beauty overlooking endless ridgelines of west coast wilderness at its finest! We’ll be on top of the world mates!
Please Note: Weather and/or riding abilities may dictate the heli-bike to be changed to the Croesus Track. Heavy rain does not allow us to chopper up here. 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 secured with care, it is likely for the bikes to shift during air transport and scratches to bike frames may happen. If you are concerned with your bike getting scratched, you have the option of wrapping your bike with foam pads and duct tape. Renting a bike through the add-ons tab is also an option. Sacred Rides is NOT responsible for scratches or damages to bikes.
Day 5. Kirwans Track Descent
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 1100 m descent down the premier Kirwans Track. We’ll flow through stunning Beach tree and Fern Gully forests on this epic technical descent! One of our all time fav’s, that screams adventure the whole way down. There’s just nothing like it!
After our ride, we’ll hop in the shuttle and drive down the Grey Valley heading inland, up and over the Southern Alps to the Craigieburn Forest.
Day 6. Craigieburn, The Edge, The Luge and more!
Rising to the high dry mountains, we’ll get back in the saddle for some epic riding in Craigieburn Forest.
Tackling an uphill gravel road to the bottom of Craigieburn Ski Field, we’ll take a short rest before heading down the well-named Edge trail which leads on to a track called “The Luge”. After the Luge, a short uphill is followed by the new Dracophyllum and Hogsback Track. This is New Zealand’s singletrack at its best mates… a real hoot — sweet singletrack all the way!
We’ll rest our muscles as we drive to the high dry McKenzie Country to the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, also home to the clearest skies in the world!
Day 7. Lake Tekapo/Mt Cook & The Hobbit
Waking to the beauty and stunning landscapes of the Mackenzie Country, we’ve got an inspiring singletrack ride to warm up with, in the heart of NZ’s glaciated peaks. It flows through native Tussocks along with incredible views of the turquoise tainted Lake Tekapo. A real beauty to start the day with.
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 NZ’s highest peaks with MT Cook, sheep and flowers on a super fun cross country ride, ending with a cold beer (or two)! Oh yeah and a wee bit of sheep shit.
We’ll ride to our unique accommodation tonight — we’ll be staying in a converted shearer’s quarters with views to die for. It doesn’t get more Kiwi than this mates!
Day 8. Central Otago Desert Rides
Time to head South to some legendary single track in NZ’s dry rocky desert country. This afternoon we’ll ride through some Thyme covered hills, over rocky knolly rises and hidden valleys for a real hoot. You’ll feel like your in yet another different country, as you totally shift in gears and terrain. NZ delivers yet again, straight to the finish line mates!
Day 9. Queensland Epic
Yes, that’s right, we’re heading to explore some must-do rides in Queenstown!
Today, we’re up early for some local Kiwiana breakfast in town and a delicious flat white before heading to Coronet Peak for some enduro style rides.
Starting with a good climb overlooking unreal views of the Wakatipu Basin, we’ll then descent onto the famous Rude Rock track. Berms, swoops and pure fun on top of Queenstown. Sweet As! We’ll do a few laps of this before connecting onto the adrenaline pumping Skippers Canyon trail. A good climb out and onto a grand finale trail that takes us all the way to Arrowtown for a well deserved finale brew… high ‑fives all around — need we say more?
Day 10. Queenstown Goodbyes
Final morning, your guides will be offering airport transfers or bag drop off to your hotel in Queenstown.