Pic­ture the most scenic, epic rides you’ve ever done around the globe; throw ’em all on one lit­tle island, add some of the friend­liest hos­pi­tal­i­ty you’ll ever encounter and there you have it: beau­ti­ful Aotearoa!

New Zealand has become known in recent years as one of the top adven­ture des­ti­na­tions in the world, and with good rea­son. Sati­ate your appetite for epic sin­gle­track on this 8‑Day jour­ney from Nel­son to Queen­stown, giv­ing you an exquis­ite taste of the sweet, deca­dent rid­ing in New Zealand’s South Island.

If 8 days isn’t enough, be sure to check out the full 12-Day Misty Moun­tain Hop ride. All rides offer awe­some heli-bik­ing and drool-induc­ing, soul-stir­ring moun­tain bik­ing that will get etched into your mem­o­ry forever.

Price is inclu­sive of all applic­a­ble NZ taxes.

Cre­at­ed by two pas­sion­ate and high­ly expe­ri­enced moun­tain bike guides, this trip is every­thing you could pos­si­bly dream of… and so much more.

Have more time? Con­sid­er join­ing our 12-day Misty Moun­tain Hop ride. 

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!

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive in Nelson

Kia Ora Mates!

Wel­come to this lit­tle slice of Par­adise called New Zealand!

Today, we’ll be offer­ing air­port pick-up at 2:45 p.m.

Your guides will trans­fer you to our accom­mo­da­tion in the funky town cen­tre of Nel­son, NZ — a moun­tain bik­er’s dream location!

We encour­age rid­ers to assem­ble their bike right away and meet the guides to go over the trip and what to expect for the next sev­en days of rid­ing New Zealand. 

Your guides will go over every­thing with you for the fol­low­ing days’ heli-bike adven­ture.   Then, we’ll hit the trails to warm-up before head­ing into the back­coun­try tomorrow. 

Tonight, we’ll gath­er for a group din­ner in town and get ready for the epic adven­ture ahead!

Day 2. 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 3. 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!

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 4. 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 5. Lake Tekapo & The Hobbit

Wak­ing to the beau­ty and stun­ning land­scapes of the Macken­zie Coun­try, we’ve got an inspir­ing sin­gle­track ride to warm up with, which flows through native Tus­socks along with incred­i­ble views of the turquoise taint­ed Lake Tekapo.

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 high peaks, sheep and  flow­ers on a super fun cross coun­try ride, end­ing with a cold beer (or two)! 

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!

A quick lunch break at Tatopani, and we’ll con­tin­ue rid­ing towards Beni where our van to Pokhara awaits.

Day 6. Queen­stown Rides

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 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 made 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 brew, we’ll make our way up to the Car­dona Val­ley and over to the adven­ture tourism cap­i­tal of the world known as Queenstown! 

Day 7. Queen­stown Epics

Yes, that’s right, we’re div­ing into more must-do rides in Queenstown! 

The rid­ing around here is just too good to not stay for a sec­ond day. .. you’ll be drool­ing and want­i­ng more! 

Today, we’re up ear­ly for some local Kiwian 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. 

We’ll end with our adren­a­line pump­ing on the Skip­pers Canyon trail … high ‑fives all around  — need we say more?

Day 8. Queen­stown Goodbyes

Our last morn­ing of the trip! Sob, weep, waaaaa!

High five your new rid­ing pals and say your goodbyes.

Today, break­fast will be on your own, as Rider’s depar­tures times and plans vary.

Your guides will be doing drop offs at the Queen­stown Air­port at 10:00 a.m. or at your hotel of choice in Queen­stown by 11:00 a.m.

If stay­ing a few extra days, we rec­om­mend stay­ing at the Crowne Plaza.

Until next time!

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Dates chosen: Feb. 16, 2021—Feb. 27, 2021
Skill Rating: Blue Square
Fitness Rating: Blue Square
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.