Why do we require an application?Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:
1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?
Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.
We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.
Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.
Journey to the pearly gates of Heaven on this stunning Mountain bike adventure through mystical forests, enchanted lands, old ghost tracks and Golden bays!
Want to discover some of New Zealand's finest tracks, but can't commit to our 12-day Misty Mountain Hop? Join us for 6 days of the best riding at the top of the South Island, where you'll get to ride Kiwi classics like the Queen Charlotte Track and the Rameka, while also shredding lesser-known local favourites like Coppermine Saddle and Dunn Mountain.
The heli-bike shuttle to the top of New Zealand's longest and most epic slices of singletrack on the Old Ghost Road will have you in heavenly bliss.
Breathtaking scenery, world-class singletrack, heart-pumping heli-biking, unique charming stays and thirst-quenching local brews; we've got it all covered mates!
Price is inclusive of all applicable NZ taxes.
Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System , to ensure this Ride is ranked at a level you are confident with.
IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?
You are an experienced, skilled and fit mountain biker with solid mountain bike handling skills. You're comfortable in a variety of terrain - from rocky, rooty technical trails to fast and flowy hardpack - and can tackle challenging climbs and steep descents. You can ride for up to 5 hours a day and enjoy a good challenge if it means reaping great rewards!
WHY RIDE WITH US?
- Satisfaction Guarantee
- Guaranteed Departures
- Lifetime Deposits
- Risk-Free Booking Window
- Travel Concierge
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit.
Day 1: Arrival in Blenheim, ride queen charlotte track
Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand mates!
You’ll be arriving into one of NZ’s sunniest and warmest towns, home to tasty sauvignons blancs in the sun drenched valleys of The Marlborough Region.
We’ll start this trip of a lifetime in the lobby of the The Blenheim Palms Motel at 9:30 a.m. Please be dressed for riding with your bike assembled and ready to shred at 9:30 a.m.
We’ll hop in the shuttle and head north to the head of The Marlborough Sounds.
After driving through vineyards and lush countryside, we’ll gear up to ride the epic Queen Charlotte Track! We’ll ride one of the prettiest and most fun parts of the trail by riding through beautiful native New Zealand fern forests, past stunning green bays and golden sandy beaches.
We’ll then arrive to the remote and beautiful Lochmara Lodge, right in the heart of The Marlborough Sounds, where we'll fall asleep lulled by the sounds of the ocean.
Day 2: Scenic Boat Ride, Rameka Track
Day 3: Heli Biking, Old Ghost Road
Day 5: Coppermine saddle and dunn mountain
DAY 6: Free morning, nelson goodbyes
- 5 nights accommodation in unique, charming local accommodations
- 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 delicious dinners
- 2 amazing and experienced guides
- Scenic boat cruise through The Marlborough Sounds
- Scenic heli-biking flight to the top of Dunn Mountain
- Transportation during the trip, including airport drop-off
- All the epic, jaw-dropping mountain biking you can handle
- Cooler full of ice-cold brews and beverages at the end of each day's ride
Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.
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GETTING THERE AND BACK +
Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +
BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +
Destination information +
Important Stuff +
Other Stuff +
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+
|Name||Bio||My 'Sacred Ride'|
|Born and raised in Eastern Canada in Montreal, Quebec- I grew up with a close connection to Nature and It's beauty, through the help of my beloved Father who was a professional landscape en plen air artist. This drew me to develop a keen...[more]||I had to think long and hard about this question..... Almost every ride in New Zealand is Epic! Riding in the majestic landscapes of Mt Cook, alongside the " Baaaaaahhhhing"...[more]|
|I'm a Kiwi who loves to travel the world, always with my mountain bike.. I have been a adventure guide for the last 15 years in New Zealand and Canada and are looking forward to take you on your next awesome adventure... I believe the Misty...[more]||Kirwan's Track in the Victoria Range of the Southern Alps is my favourite ride...It has it all, History, Epic climb, a sweet hut on top, Views for ever, Native grassland on top and...[more]|
Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)
|Day||Hours of Riding||Distance ridden||Elevation gained||Elevation lost||Highest elevation|
|1||4 hours||35 km||840 m||840 m||N/A m|
|2||5 hours||40 km||300 m||1000 m||N/A m|
|3||3 hours||15 km||600 m||600 m||N/A m|
|4||5 hours||32 km||200 m||1200 m||N/A m|
|5||5 hours||40 km||1000 m||1000 m||N/A m|
|Totals||22 hours||162 km||2940 m||4640 m||N/A m|
|Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$350.00 USD|
|Single Room Supplement||$300.00 USD|
|1-hour post-ride massage||$175.00 USD|
|Sleeping bag rental||$35.00 CAD|
|Donation to Bikes Without Borders||$20.00 CAD|
There are no scheduled departures for this Ride at the moment, however custom group departures are available for groups of 4 or more. If you are interested in a custom departure, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-423-7849. You can also add this Ride to your Bucket List (click on 'Add to Bucket List' at right) and you'll be notified when scheduled dates are added!
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