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Bikes we use here in NZ

We have selected high quality bikes to suit the varied terrain we cover – we wouldn’t make you ride anything we wouldn’t use ourselves! For more serious mountain biking and gravel roads we use Avanti Black Thunder 7.1 bikes, with ADT Custom FormTech Alloy Tubeset and SR Suntour 3030 forks with 75mm of travel. On trips where we cover paved roads and gravel, we use the Specialized Roll Elite, an excellent lightweight, cross-terrain touring bike with great flexibility. As many cyclists prefer the familiarity of their own bikes, you’re also welcome to bring your own ride and we will help you assemble it at the start of the trip. It goes without saying that our staff are seasoned bike mechanics, so we’ll deal with any minor issues you may have as we go. Our biking guides are seasoned riders who excel at helping people get the most out of their cycling vacation, looking after anyone from a competitive racer to a casual holiday cyclist, and keeping your bike in tip-top shape.

We have a variety of frame sizes available, and if you have specific requirements please let us know in advance. Of course, we also supply cycle helmets, safety vests, and rear pannier racks. We are perhaps a little more safety oriented than most – we work very hard to ensure all our cycling clients are safe, warm and happy, and you’ll find our safety equipment is second to none. We don’t go overboard – we just do everything within reason to ensure that you go home from your New Zealand cycle trip in better shape than when you arrived!

Bikes

Specialized Roll Elite ('Weka' trip):

Specialized Roll Elite

  • Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium, Ground Control Positioning, formed tubes, disc mount, fender/rack mounts.
  • Fork: A1 Premium Aluminium, Cr-Mo Steerer, post disc mount, fender/rack mounts
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus, SGS cage
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Tourney, top swing, 31.8mm band clamp
  • Shifters: Shimano Altus, EZ Fire Plus, 8-speed
  • Brakes: Tektro, mechanical disc, resin pads, 160mm rotor
  • Pedals: Specialized City Platform
  • Seat Post: Suspension Plus, 2-bolt clamp, 27.2mm
  • Seat: Body Geometry The Cup, 6-degree rise, elastomer base, steel rails, SWAT compatible mounts, 245mm

Avanti Black Thunder 7.1 (Other NZ trips):

Avanti Black Thunder 7.1

  • Frame: ADT Custom FormTech 6061 Alloy Tubeset, Forged Dropouts, Replaceable Hanger
  • Fork: SR Suntour M3030, Alloy Crown & Lower Legs, 75mm Travel
  • Rear Derailer: Shimano TY300
  • Front Derailer: Shimano TY500
  • Shifters: Shimano EF41 21-Speed
  • Brakes: Alloy V
  • Pedals: Nylon Platform
  • Seat Post: Alloy, 31.6mm
  • Seat: Zero Sport

Specialized Rockhopper 27.5" & 29" (Queen Charlotte Track):

Specialized Rockhopper

  • Specialized A1 SL Aluminum, Trail 29 Geometry, fully-butted tube sets, ORE down tube, tapered head tube, forged dropouts, disc mount, replaceable derailleur hanger
  • Custom SR Suntour XCR-AIR 29, air spring, S: 80mm travel, M/L/XL: 100mm travel, integrated remote hydraulic lockout w/ rebound adjust, preload adjust, tapered alloy steerer, mag lowers, Hi-Ten 32mm stanchions, disc mount
  • Specialized Body Geometry XC Contour, Kraton w/ gel, lock-on, closed end
  • Shimano Deore Shadow, 10-speed
  • Specialized Stout XC, 2x10, 2 pc., 24mm spindle, 36/22T, anti-corrosion hardware
  • Tektro Gemini, hydraulic disc, resin pads, I-spec compatible

 

Trip Reviews

  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 298 reviews)

    Amazing!

    What a great trip! The scenery exceeded our already-high expectations! And the guides were so good (plus the fact that we would like to see New Zealand in the winter), we are already thinking about our next trip with Active Adventures!
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    – Virginia, United States
    Weka, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Best Trip Ever

    You go hiking, exert yourself, see spectacular views, and you think "this is the best day, it can't get better than this." Then you go kayaking, see wildlife, lush rain forest and red tinted water, all with the backdrop of snow capped mountains, and you think "no, this is the best day, it can't get better this. Then you go biking along a teal colored river and through a birch forest with snow capped mountains ringing a suddenly peaceful lake and you think, "okay, THIS is the best day." And then you drive to Milford Sound, gawk in awe at waterfalls tumbling down towering cliffs along the road and you get to the Sound and you kayak with dolphins, and you come to the realization, "this is my New Zealand trip, every day better than the last," so that on your last day when you are lying beneath the stars, staring at the Milky Way and the Southern Cross, you know you've experienced something beyond special.
    Tanya Karimi Review Image
    – Colorado, United States
    Rimu, March 2017
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    One Honey Sweet of an Adventure

    Outstanding tramping with superior guides
    Jim Crookston Review Image
    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Manuka, February 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Bonzer trip to the South Island

    Thanks to Greg and Mel for a memorable exploration of New Zealand's South Island. Need to come back to enjoy the wonders of this place.
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    – Tennessee, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    2017 Oct/Nov Rimu

    My 2017 Rimu trip was fantastic! Somehow our fabulous guides Ben and Emma arranged for clear sunny skies, a great mix of travelers, and an all around fun time. Seriously though, our group of 10/11 (we had a late addition) got along well from day 1 - we learned about each other's backgrounds, played cards and dice games, and shared bottles of wine. Ben and Emma worked tirelessly to make sure our travels were smooth - often 16+ hour days for them. Emma cooked wonderful meals for us and made sure everyone's dietary requests were met. Ben drove Whina (our bus) so well for so many hours to get us to our destinations - we'll never forget the tunnel! And they both were great guides on the hikes. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!
    Jeanne Stallings Review Image
    – North Carolina, United States
    Rimu, December 2017

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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