Waikato River Trail
Waikato River Trails
Timber Trail
Lake Rotorua & Mokoia Island
start off at whakarewarew
Kick off, Whakarewarewa
Atiamuri
owl, Waikato River Trail

Waikato – Timber Trail – Great Lake – Whakarewarewa

5 days (depart and return from Rotorua)

Ride all the central North Island iconic rides in one trip. Fly into Rotorua or use the new Waikato Expressway.

lupins near lake alexandra and lake tekapo
Lupins
rainbow near Tekapo, Mt Dobson obscured
Mt Dobson
Lake Dunstan reflection
Lake Dunstan Trail
Around the Mountains
bannock burn
taken from Carrick Winery
Church of the Good Shepard, Tekapo
Chruch of the Good Shepard
Eating out in Clyde
switch backs at the beginning of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Roxbrugh
Lake Dunstan Trail
Lake Dunstan Trail

South Island Omnibus Trip

9 days riding (fly into CHC, fly out of QTN)

Not available anywhere else… a supported, 9-day ride between Christchurch and Queenstown through 6 iconic cycle trails in the lower South Island of NZ.

Light light in the world
East Cape Sunrise
Arapuni gateway
Rere Falls
Timber Trail
Camp Epic
cape egmont light house
Cape Egmont

Kopiko Aotearoa

13 days (10 days of riding, 2 transit days, 1 rest day)

Ride across the centre of the North Island from East Cape Lighthouse to Cape Egmont Lighthouse.

Cape Reinga
Tane Mahuta, giant Kauri Tree
Timber Trail
Jet boat ride Whanganui River
sign at the top of the crown range
Crown Range
sunset on the southern side of the Crown Range

Tour of Aotearoa

14 days (12 days riding, 2 transit)

Ride the length of Aotearoa/New Zealand in two, 14-day stints. Specifically for working people, this trip allows you to fit the TA into 1 year’s leave.

lake Waikaremoana sunset
Waikaremoana Sunset
lake Waikaremoana
Lake Waikaremoana

Waikaremoana Weekender

1 1/2 day awesome remote gravel ride

Let us handle the transport, food and accommodation for your day ride of a lifetime from Waikaremoana to one of four pick-up locations.

Summer 2025 Dates

Each departure has two dates…

Tour of Aotearoa
North Island: Sat 08 Mar 2025 leave Cape Reinga, end in Wellington Sun 23 Mar 2025
South Island: Sat 15th Nov 2025 leave Picton finish in Bluff Sat 29 Nov 2025

Kōpiko Aotearoa  
2 Nov 2024 to 13th Nov 2024
19th April to 30th of April 2025

South Island Omnibus
Mon 10th Feb to Wed 19th of Feb 2025 | Sat 5th April to Wed 14th of April 2025

5-day Central North Island
Sat 23rd Nov to Wed 27th Nov 2024 | Sat 18th Jan to Wed 22th Jan 2025.


Short, Self Guided Cycle Trips

Bring your own dates and your own group. You ride and navigation on your own. No guide/staff member riding with you. Your accommodation is booked. Breakfast and dinner included. Start and finish transport included. Your bags taken forward.

Egyptian pavillion at the Hamiltn Gardens
Hamilton
Rennaisance Garden
Russmans eatery, whakamaru

Te Awa River Ride & Waikato River Trail

3-days in the mighty Waikato

A three day bike ride on the Waikato – first on the Te Awa River Ride between Ngaruawahia, Hamilton & Cambridge. Carry on from Aripuni to Mangakino and Atiamuri on days two & three.

Statue of Sir Gordon Richard riding “Sovereign”
Indian Garden
Te Aroha Street Art
Te Aroha Street Art
Lemon and Paeroa
Icon Kiwi soft drink
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Grassroots Velodrom, Cambridge

Te Awa River Ride & Hauraki Rail Trail

2-days. Easy. Beginner.

Spend a weekend in the Waikato, first on the Te Awa River Ride between Ngaruawahia & Cambridge on the first day. Carry on from Waihi Station, to Paeroa & Te Aroha on the second day.

a mural of a female maori face with moko
Mātāta Mural
Moutohora Island
holiday cabin
Cabin Accommodation
swans an signets on lake rotorua
hamurana springs near rotorua
collage of historic pictures from Okere Waterfall
Historic power station at Okere Falls

Eight Lakes. Two Days

2-days gravel/road circuit

Escape the city traffic on a two-day cycling adventure through Rotorua’s picturesque lakes out to the coast at Matata. Grab your gravel, mtb or e-bike and join us for a breakout weekend.


FAQs – find answers to your questions

Can’t we just do these cycle trails ourselves?

Yes, you can! But wait there’s a problem: transport. You either have to ride a loop back to your car (see the Motu Trails or Great Lake videos for examples) or have two cars capable of carrying all people and bikes… shuttling one car to the end etc…. in other words, without logistical support you either ride back along the road or end up wasting some of the day shuffling cars.
Additionally, we know where the fun sections are and will take you straight there, you can avoid the dodgy stuff. We are also across fun extra places, shops, hot pools etc to make the tour really fun.

I don’t think I can keep up. I don’t want to hold the group up.

You ride at your own pace. Our trips are not a race. Sometimes the riders ride together and sometimes they spread out. The idea is to have a fun day out – no racing is required.

I’m 65 years old, am I too old?

Most of our riders are this age and older.

Do I have to be super fit to join in?

No, but conversely, if you are very unfit, then some training would be advised. Balance is probably as important as fitness. Please bring any medical conditions that may effect your ride or care after an accident to our attention during booking.

What do the grades mean?

The grades are well thought out and defined here: https://www.mtbnz.org.nz/mtb-trail-grading. We will be riding 90% Grade 2 trails that at time have some Grade 3 features. Remember – trails change – they get worn, especially after wet weather – so the grading system is a guide, not the gospel.

What happens if my bike breaks down?

A spare bike will be on hand – it may not fit you as well as your bike, and may not be as good, but it’s a ride.
Your bike goes off to “Steve-o” the bike mechanic in the evening or before we leave for the day.

Will there be a guide on the trails with us?

We’d love to, but not 100% of the time, but about 50% of each ride the guide will be riding with you, mostly at the back of the group. The maps on this site can be shared on mobile devices. Someone may be asked to carry first aid or a PLB. A pre-ride briefing will be given in the morning prior to the ride and any special details about the route will be given then. The guide will be meeting you and checking on you along the way.

What is the largest group you can accommodate?

Mostly only 11 riders + 1 driver

Do I have to be an experienced rider?

Yes, some experience will be required. A new beginner may struggle. Some technical skills are required eg. cycling uphill around a S bend, or descending on rough gravel.

What should I carry when I am riding?

At a minimum; a waterproof layer, drink bottle, snack and a cell phone (though phones often don’t work on the trails). The van will be nearby with snacks, sunscreen, first aid and extra layers.

Will I need warm clothes?

You betchya! Weather changes quickly in NZ and we will be well above sea level. Bring fast-drying items made of polyester, wool, or nylon. Avoid cotton. We could be cycling at 9am in 6 degrees, so a neck buff, beaney, gloves and layers will be required.

What’s the accommodation like?

Varied! It depends a lot on the trip. Sometimes we stay in cabins at holiday parks, glamping and sometimes well-appointed lodges and sometimes posh resorts.