Get ready for the MTB adventure of a lifetime! Trails like Redwoods and Bridge to Nowhere may seem unfamiliar to you now but we guarantee you will fall in love with them! We meet at 7am for breakfast at our Auckland accommodation before making our way, bikes on the back, to kick off our first day of riding. 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, or have a beer. As you build your tour online, you will see a few optional activities available – remember, none of these are compulsory. Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know, they’ll be more than happy to help. As we can’t always guarantee availability when booking on the road, we do 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 our Auckland accommodation the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on Day 1 makes for a stress free morning. Likewise, you can book an extra night in Wellington after your tour ends. Add an extra dose of awesome by including some of our fantastic add-on options such as a MTB Skills Clinic and skydiving – our customisable business model is totally unique and has won us a swag of awards.
Upgrades, Extension and Epic add-ons
Nothing is compulsory, just add the things that will make the best holiday ever! If you wish to add any of these epic add-ons to your tour, please contact us at email@example.com with your requests :)
MTB Hire 7 Days - $499 - (About £260) -
Full-Suspension: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp - 27.5"/650b Our 2018 Stumpjumper bikes fleet will offer you the latest technologies developed by Specialized. When you need to blend ruggedness, efficiency and downright nimbleness into one trail bike, it's hard to beat the construction of the Stumpjumper! With 150mm of travel, it's the ideal bike for New Zealand's mixed terrain. Cost for 7 days: $499
Full-Suspension: Avanti Torrent S2 - 27.5"/650b
Feeling like riding bikes from a local brand? We also have some Avanti's. The Torrent serves up a dose of trail whipping performance that will keep your adrenaline flowing all day. Because they know you have to earn the descents, they have engineered the pedal performance to a new level. A great all round trail bike taking the edge off those descents and providing all day comfort.
Cost for 7 days: $499
Bungy | Water Touch | Taupo - $180 - (About £94) - Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy! (Water touching is optional)
Skydive | Taupo - $279 - $359 - With expert tandem skydive instructors; you’ll jump out of an aircraft from up to 15,000ft and into an incredible free-fall over the worlds most stunning drop zone, surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of lake Taupo, you’ll slow from a 200KM/H descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing.
1. Auckland to Rotorua: A true North Island classic – the Whakarewarewa Forest
2. Rotorua: Ride the North Island’s wonderland - The Redwoods Forest! Plus a magical M?ori Cultural Evening and h?ng? meal.
3. Rotorua to Taup?: A serious dose of awesome – Skyline Rotorua Bike Park.
4. Taup? to Ohakune: “Fun-dulating” riding on the shores of our greatest lake, Lake Taup?.
5. Ohakune: Stunning scenery and an exhilarating shuttle on the The Bridge to Nowhere Track.
6. Ohakune to Wellington: Today we cruise down to the nation’s capital.
7. Wellington: Take in Wellington's trails or join us en route to the South Island.
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Auckland at 7am on Day 1 and ends on Day 7 in Wellington. If you like, you can book additional nights of accommodation before your tour starts and after the tour finishes - just let us know.
What is the tour bus like?
We normally use a 22-seater Mitsubishi Rosa, with a trailer for all your gear and bikes. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 14 people, there are always some extra seats to spread out.
Who are the tour guides?
Our Tour Guides are passionate MTB-enthusiasts with heaps of experience in guiding – and they love hitting the trails hard themselves. They are there to ensure you have the best time possible, feel free to ask them any questions. For tours with nine or more people, we ensure that there are two expert guides on tour.
What happens if a track is closed or there is very bad weather?
We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasions that any tracks, parks or activities are shut or have very poor conditions – going to a different, but still awesome track is usually the compromise. If not possible, we will refund the wholesale rate for your activity pass.
What is the size of each tour group?
The maximum size of a Mountain Bike Tour is 14 people. We book out in advance for during these summer seasons so our average passenger number can be very close to 14.
What ability do I need to be to go on the tour?
Our tours are aimed towards all the MTB enthusiasts out there, so most of the day’s rides are graded 2–3+, meaning there might be a few technical sections and/or steep climbs and descents and a couple of long days. If you are an intermediate-to-advanced rider, or can handle a bike well, these tours are ideal. If you have any questions regarding your skills and suitability for the tour, don’t hold back, give us a call.
Do I need to bring my own bike?
Everybody generally has their own trusty steed that they love as much (if not more!) than their own loved ones. Our tours are designed for riders to bring their own bikes, or we are easily able to sort out great quality, late model full suspension Specialized bikes for the duration of your tour. Just get in touch!
What is the standard of accommodation?
Regardless of where we go, accommodation absolutely has to meet our standards and we have hand-picked every place we use. Standard accommodation is dorm share, with the option to upgrade to a private room if you would like.
What are the rental bikes like?
Our Specialized Stumpjumper bikes provide the latest technologies developed by our friends at Specialized. When you need to blend ruggedness, efficiency and downright nimbleness into one trial bike, it's hard to beat the construction of the Stumpjumper!
What do I need to bring?
Your reliable bike (if you aren't renting one), a few personal repairs (spare tubes/ tyres/puncture kit/portable pump), helmet, riding shoes, knee pads, water bottles, daily riding snacks, daypack, swimming togs – as well as a positive attitude and sense of humour! Your guides will be able to provide you with a foot bike pump, and an unforgettable experience with NZ’s best mountain biking.
I'm travelling alone, can I join this trip?
Definitely! Across all our tours, the majority of our guests are solo travellers, so absolutely jump on board this tour – or any of our awesome trips!
>Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
> Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
> Passport (required) (With photocopies)
> Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
> Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
Credit and debit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere in New Zealand. You can usually withdraw money from shops where EFTPOS is available. ATMs are common across New Zealand, but may be limited in remote areas but your guides will advise you when to withdraw extra cash.
Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
2. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Over public holidays in Australia and New Zealand (such as Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, and Anzac Day) there may be some limitations of services and disruptions to schedules. In general our tours still operate effectively over public holidays, but there may be closures of optional activities and restaurants, and slight itinerary adjustments in order to provide all tour inclusions.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, therefore, on occasions there may be some alternations. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after commencement of you trip. In this event, your Tour guides have full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.
CLIMBING & CLOTHING:
New Zealand has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress however there are a few practical considerations. New Zealand has a temperate climate but be prepared for colder temperatures even in summer months. The sunshine in New Zealand is harsh and a sunhat and sunglasses are a must.
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation or simply refill with tap water (your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination). When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact GoKo Travels or your Tour leader on the numbers provided in the contact selection of this document (bottom).
If you are unable to get in touch with your with us via the details given on our website, please refer to our emergency contact details.
You do not need to pre-booked an airport transfer, as your tour leader will collect you from outside the airport and will take you to your Starting Point hotel.
Passports and Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity) and entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas.
Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the New Zealand embassy in your country or visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz
** Note: Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
GoKo Travels doesn't currently have the facilities to book your external/international flights. Therefore, you will have to prearrange your own flights to the required destination. We are always looking to improve our services, therefore, are planning to implement this solution as soon as possible.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour leader/ local representative, who will take note of your insurance details and emergency contact number. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability of luggage, cancellation, curtailment and loss and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. Some prefer to spend all their money on alcohol, whille other prefer souvenirs. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier.
The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD).For the latest exchange rate refer to https://www.xe.com
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in New Zealand and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work so check with your bank before you travel. A travel card is recommended to save you money on transaction fees and they are normally accepted at all ATMS
We also recommend a combination of local currency (preferably smaller bills, 5's, 10's and 20's), and credit cards for best practice. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, however, currency exchange is easy to find in New Zealand in the gateway cities and most banks do provide this service.
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra GBP£300 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved.
All bespoke Hostel Accommodation is included in this trip
If you wish for a private room, you must request before booking.
Sharing a Dorm
Our included accommodation is 4 or 6 dorm share with your fellow tour guests (though during super busy times you may be in a slightly bigger dorm for a few nights). Some rooms have an ensuite bathroom and others will have shared facilities. Most tour members love the dorms as it gives you an extra chance to bond with the other people in your group.
Female-Only Dorm Rooms
We ask for tour groups to be put together in dorm accommodation, so you are sharing with people you are familiar with. You are able to request female-only dorms, but this may mean sharing with other girls outside of your tour group. We cannot guarantee availability for every location on tour, so if this is a big concern to you we'd suggest upgrading to a private room. If you have any other request related to accommodation, don’t hesitate to contact us – our team will make every effort to meet your needs.
Upgrading to a Private Room
If you wish to upgrade your accommodation to a private room, you can choose from either a double (one large bed) or twin (two single beds). If you will share the room with someone else you only need to book one upgrade and split the price between you both.
Due to the layout of the lodges and hostels we stay at, you may not have an ensuite bathroom for the majority of locations. While we do try our best to secure ensuite rooms for all guests, we cannot guarantee it.
Included in this tour are 5 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners – including a traditional M?ori h?ng?, cooked in an underground oven.
Our guides know the best places in each town and city for different budgets and tastes, and they will point these out on the way into each location.
The tour group, along with your guide, will often head out to a local pub for a beer and a meal. Meals can range from NZ$15 upwards.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with GoKo Travels you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are included in the trip price, therefore, it is your responsibly to let us know if you have any food allergies at time of booking, so we can make arrangements accordingly.
Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. If you do not inform us before departure date, it may be difficult to source special dietary requests.
You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements beforehand.
The below dietary can be easily catered for:.
Dairy Free (soy available )
Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.
You will need to purchase any alcohol and other drinks separately unless otherwise highlighted in the itinerary.
All transport is included in this trip, unless transport is required when you opt in for an "Extra Add On".
As you may well know, adventures always carry an element of danger. Our GoKo trips are not just package holidays, they are immersive experiences that go off the beaten path and push can you beyond your comfort zone. That’s what makes them awesome, and that’s why we take safety very seriously.
Different countries have their own infrastructures, laws, regulations, transport systems, cultures, political situations, climates and ecosystems so the nature of an adventure means it carries genuine risks. With this is mind, we are dedicated to ensuring all reasonable precautions are made to provide trips that are safe.
We closely monitor all the countries we travel to, keeping in regular contact with our operators and suppliers for their local knowledge and expertise.
If you have any concerns about travelling to a particular country, most governments provide their own travel advice. Here are some useful links regarding foreign travel: UK citizens; US citizens; Canadian citizens; Australian citizens; New Zealand citizens. If you are not from one of the follow countries, please visit your official government advice page.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safekeeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities, have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our guides to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
All GoKo travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our tour leader / local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, GoKo Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. Information should be gathered round necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure.
We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.
For legal reasons, our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group guides or local representatives straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/ local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
If for whatever reasons, you wish to contact GoKo directly regarding changes to your scheduled trip or make a complaint while you are already on your trip, or need to contact us in cases of an emergency, please use the following details below:
Emergency Contact Number: +44 7305027666