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!

Itinerary

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 .

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Dates chosen: Jan. 22, 2021—Jan. 30, 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.