7 Day South Island Dirt Seeker Tour
The South Island is renowned for its outstanding beauty and adventures. Plant your feet on your pedals as you take a spin on some of the most thrilling and perfectly crafted trails the mighty South Island has to offer. From exhilarating private tracks in Ohau and impressive full-day adventure rides in Arrowtown, to world famous downhill runs and shuttles on a web of tracks in Christchurch and Queenstown, the South Island has it all.
As well as the varied tour, add an extra dose of awesome by including some of our fantastic add-on options such as Heli-Biking and skydiving - our customizable business model is totally unique and has won us a swag of awards.
It is your trip of a life time, so why not travel with New Zealand's #1 Rated Tour Company?
Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
Kia Ora, and welcome to New Zealand for some of the best mountain biking you are going to find anywhere on the world.
We start early, meeting at 8am in the lounge of Haka Lodge Christchurch, where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximize your time here.
We waste no time heading out to the best Christchurch trails. These are seriously fun rides. From the superb winding singletrack around Godley Heads, and tracks with names such as Flying Nun and Anaconda, you know you will be privileged, and in for a good time on the perfectly built XC and DH trails in Christchurch that only the locals know.
Panoramic views of the looming Southern Alps, right out over Banks Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean will wow you; on a clear day its doesn’t get much better than this. In the afternoon, we rally the troops and make a path towards the white-capped giants, going through fantastic postcard material scenery to arrive at the glacial Lake Tekapo.
A relaxing soak at the renowned Tekapo Hot Springs is an included today; after a day’s riding, there is nothing better than a hot soak in a nice spa. And once the sun goes down it gets even better. Thanks to the super clear skies, the area around Tekapo has been declared a “Dark Sky Reserve” and it’s the best place in New Zealand to see the stars and galaxies above. Watch the stars come out over the lake from the hostel that’s just a few feet from the shore.
Additional Activities • MTB Skills Clinic
Day 2: Lake Tekapo to Ohau
They say New Zealand has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. After waking up in Tekapo, and having breakfast by the ice blue lake, you will be sure to agree.
Today we get right amongst it, kicking off and complimenting yesterdays single-track with the nearby Grade 4 Backcountry Richmond Trail, a bit of an XC and single-track delight. This trail has unsurpassed, stunning views of Lake Tekapo and the nearby mountains, a definite gem on the tour for the morning ride.
We have a bite to eat in Tekapo and then meander over to the next destination of Ohau, just down the road. This afternoon you get to be one of the special few lucky enough to ride extraordinary private trails near Ohau Ski Lodge that others simply do not have access to.
A stay at Lake Ohau Lodge, near the shores of the lake, is an experience in itself. Even though it has the incredibly friendly culture of a ski lodge, it is actually run more like a hotel and we totally love the “faded glamour” feel of roaring open fires and panoramic lake views. This evening a tantalizing "High Country Fare" three Course Meal is included (vegetarian options available).
Day 3: Ohau to Wanaka
Even though it’s difficult to leave the views of Lake Ohau Lodge behind, we track on, and depart to another vividly picturesque South Island MTB haven: Wanaka.
Arriving in Wanaka mid-morning, we ride creative single-track and purpose built trails with interestingly named trails such as Fuzzy Nuts and Hairy Bush. A few runs around Sticky Forest and Deans Bank will have you begging for more! Feel free to keep riding, but make sure you save your legs for the next few enormous days. You have a free afternoon to enjoy the sights and sounds of Wanaka, or experience one of our thrilling add-ons activities.
Once dinner is eaten, it’s time for another of Haka’s famous night rides around some of Wanaka’s perfect trails. Whip around the expertly contoured tracks guided by the lights provided by your guide and the glistening stars above. It truly doesn’t get much better than this. Welcome to MTB paradise.
Additional Activities • Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride • Skydiving over Southern Alps
Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown
An early start in Wanaka leaves us with a short scenic drive over the magnificent Crown Range, down into Arrowtown for a feast of Cross-Country awesomeness.
Shooting straight into another one of NZ’s pride and joys, the Macetown Trail, you head out on a 26km (2-4hr) backcountry ride following a journey that, in the old days, would take gold miners three days up the remote Arrow River to the historic gold mining town of Macetown. Hope you don’t mind the water as there are a fair few river crossings to keep you on your toes and, you never know, you might pick up a few gold flakes in your tires as you go. This could be a lucrative ride for you!
After a bite to eat in Arrowtown (a hearty, flavorsome pie from the Arrowtown Bakery is highly recommended), we nip on up the road to Coronet Peak area, with staggering views of Queenstown and the Remarkables. Rude Rock and the Zoot Track have been voted some of the top tracks in Queenstown by locals and visitors alike and, once you blast around and down them, we are sure you will agree.
We might even save you from the uphill sections and cart you to the top so you can fly through the downhill without delay! After giving the brakes a bit of a workout, we head into Queenstown itself to stay at another of our very own Haka Lodges. This will be our home for two nights.
Day 5: Queenstown
Waking up in the adventure capital of New Zealand is a fantastic experience in itself, with such impressive scenery and colossal peaks towering over the energetic lakeside town. The South Island’s answer to Rotorua, this MTB Mecca has a lot to offer.
We look to the skies and see New Zealand’s first-ever Gondola assisted bike lift, providing direct access to Queenstown Bike Park. Get your suspension ready and heart pumping; there will be no granny gears here!
With over 26 world class mountain biking trails and varying terrain for all abilities, in amongst the pine trees of the Ben Lomond Reserve, Queenstown Bike Park boasts over 30km of tracks and a longest run of 6km. A 450-meter vertical rise via the Skyline Gondola gives you easy access to one of New Zealand's best mountain bike parks.
Attach your mountain bike to your Gondola cabin at the Skyline Queenstown base and enjoy the leisurely uphill Gondola ride before detaching your bike and taking on the legendary challenges of the Queenstown Bike Park. The grin will be stuck on your face for days!
What to go higher into the surrounding mountains? We totally recommend a Heli-Bike trip. If there is one extra activity you are going to splash out on this trip, a Heli-Biking tour is one of the most jaw-dropping and exhilarating activities you can do. Take to the skies to ride otherwise inaccessible trails and get all of the incredible downhill but none of the uphill. 100% awesome!
Additional Activities • Canyon Swing • Nevis Bungy • Paragliding • Milford Sound Trip • Canyoning Queenstown • Kawarau Bridge Bungy • Horse Trekking at Glenorchy • Extreme Jet Boating • Skydiving over The Remarks • Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown • Heli-Mountain Biking (Fat Tyre Adventure)
Day 6: Queenstown to Alexandra
Once you have been able to coerce your legs into walking, and enjoyed some breakfast, we bid farewell to Queenstown for today and head out on a trip to the pinnacle of Central Otago mountain biking: Alexandra.
Alexandra is just a short drive out of Queenstown and boasts some fantastic new trails. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations to MTB in the South Island.
A day’s riding around Flat Top Hill, on the aptly named MTB Heaven tracks will leave you awe-struck wanting more. Remember your camera today; the eye-catching, unique remoteness and barrenness of Central Otago’s best-kept secret will make a stunning backdrop to your holiday snaps.
After wearing out tread on Alexandra’s dirt playground, we stay in Roxburgh for the night. Here you can, once again, experience another of Haka Tour’s Night Rides along the Clutha River to the enormous Clyde Dam...it all looks even more amazing at night!
Day 7: Alexandra to Queenstown
As you enter the last day of the trip, you still have one more HUGE present waiting for you over in the Southern Lakes Area: a trip back up the Crown Range to Cardrona Ski field which will have you wondering why we are heading up a ski field with no snow.
That is the beauty of it; Cardrona Ski field has some expertly carved downhill and freeride MTB tracks littered across its slopes just for you to enjoy. The chairlift will take you and your trusty steed near the top of the mountain to bomb down the trails till your heart’s content. You can show off all the skills you have picked up over the tour and put them to the test on the jumps and freeride park. After shredding the slopes, we cruise back into Queenstown to finish off the tour. Jump into one of Queenstown’s many adventure activities such as jet boating, bungy jumping, luging, skydiving or rafting, or give your tires another spin and shoot out around the extensive and impressive trail network over at 7 Mile Delta, just a short ride from Queenstown on the Awatea and Sunshine Tracks. These tracks are some of the best around.
The tour ends here, but the fun doesn’t have to! Extend your stay at Haka Lodge here in Queenstown to keep the adventure going; there are many more magnificent trails around the area to experience and explore.
Additional Activities • Extra Nights Accommodation Queenstown • Canyon Swing • Nevis Bungy • Paragliding • Milford Sound Trip • Canyoning Queenstown • Kawarau Bridge Bungy • Horse Trekking at Glenorchy • Extreme Jet Boating • Skydiving over The Remarks • Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown • Heli-Mountain Biking (Fat Tyre Adventure) • Cardrona
Get ready for an epic MTB adventure of world-class trails and jaw-dropping scenery as we explore the beautiful South Island, from Christchurch to Queenstown, taking in the best riding hotspots along the way.
It's an early start on Day 1 as we meet at 8am for breakfast at Haka Lodge Christchurch, before we make our way, bikes on the back, to some of the regions best local trails for the first day of riding, ending in stunning Tekapo.
In the evenings on the tour you are welcome to relax at the accommodations, rest your legs and soak in the local hot tub(s), cook in, eat out, go partying or even some more night riding... whatever takes your fancy. Your tour manager will be on-hand to provide their local knowledge on the best places to go.
As you build your tour online, you will see a few optional activities available to add - remember, none of these are compulsory. Not sure which activities to choose? No problem. Once you've paid a deposit and secured your seat you can add activities anytime until 30 days prior to departure.
Activities can also be purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know, he'll be happy to help. However we can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest if there are any activities you definitely want to do, that you pre-book them.
As the tour starts early in the morning you can opt to stay at Haka Lodge Christchurch the night before the tour - only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning.
Alternatively, you can get ahead of the game and get the ball rolling earlier by adding on our 2 Day Nelson Sun Excursion to the start of your tour. The extension starts in Wellington 3 days before your start date and takes in the amazing trails of Nelson, and ends in Christchurch at our own Haka Lodge, right in time for the Dirt Seeker South Island MTB Tour the following morning.
Likewise, you can book an extra night or two at Haka Lodge Queenstown after the tour ends. Upgrading your accommodation to a 2 person private room costs $499 NZD. The cost is per room, so if you share the room with someone else you can split the cost between you.
NB. Please contact us for future dates in 2017
• An epic 7 Day Mountain Bike tour over some of NZ’s best singletrack, scenic backcountry and thrilling downhills.
• Accommodation each night (max 6 share, upgrades available)
• Daily breakfast each day
• Lunch on day 6
• Amazing 3 course dinner at the luxurious Ohau Ski Lodge
• All shuttles on Queenstown Bike Park and Ohau Ski field
• Skyline Gondala Pass
• All maps, detailed trail advice and recommendations
• Exclusive Haka Tour Riding on Backcountry and private trails
• Expert and friendly tour manager with local knowledge
• Small group sizes (16 max)
• Hot Pools entry to Tekapo Hot Springs (and other secret places)
• Quality riding lights for the special Haka Night Adventure Ride (if you do not already own some)
• Guided tour of every location. We show you places you would miss when travelling on a bus pass
• Plus many surprise stops on the way
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