Real Mountain Biking Adventures NZ


As most travellers are aware there is not a lot happening With international tourism in New Zealand at the moment. Therefore it is with a degree of sadness that we are closing our doors and shutting up shop. 

a big thank you to those that have supported us through the good years and we hope we showed you some real mountain biking... ride well and goodbye, The Team, RMBA-NZ...

What sets Real Mountain Biking Adventures apart from the rest?  

We offer exclusive all inclusive 'boutique style' guided MTB tours of the North Island, the South Island or both Islands of New Zealand. We will arrange to collect you from the airport, say our hello’s over a cup of coffee and get you out there riding! We organise everything required for your MTB visit, just turn up with your bike (rental options available) we take care of the rest.


We specialise in ensuring mature mountain bikers (like ourselves) enjoy their mountain biking here in New Zealand, we are social riders; we spend plenty of time taking in the views and chewing over stories, giving the legs a rest at the same time.

We have designed tours which will appeal to experienced mountain bikers who are looking for adventure and enjoy a challenging ride with good company led by guides of a similar age and attitude. The rides are generally classified as intermediate grade 3 but require a moderate to high fitness level because of the terrain and distances travelled.

We run small group tours of four to eight people; (we also run special tours for couples) all our tours have two guides which gives us lots of options for shuttle runs on the end to end trails. We encourage groups to book with us by offering discounts for group bookings, (friends/club members) who then know each other’s capability which in turn makes our job easier to tailor the riding to the group.

We are mountain bikers who love to go mountain biking, both locally and to all the different locations around New Zealand. Over many years we have ridden on the longest trails in the country, single track rides that roll along for a 100km … We have mountain biked on the highest trails in New Zealand, 2000m up in the mountains. We have been to remote places on multi day expeditions, with only a wooden hut for shelter until morning. We have ridden all the major trails in the far reaches of New Zealand, many of those are truly stunning rides, epic adventures; others can be a bog-fest on a bad day, from our collective knowledge of New Zealand’s back country trails we can ‘cherry pick’ these trails to ensuring that you ride the very best during your visit.

We specialise only in mountain biking trips, our knobblies touch the tarmac from time to time but no more than necessary; off road, single track riding is our passion. We have all been involved with our local MTB clubs for many years and know what it takes to turn a regular mountain biking ride into a Real Mountain Biking Adventure.

Click on the UK mbr article on the right to see why they say "New Zealand, is the ultimate MTB destination".

​​So bring your camera and come along with us on

North Island Tour

This tour takes in the best the North Island has to offer from the MTB Mecca of Rotorua with 100km of purpose built single track though to the remote wilderness areas of the central North Island with names like “The Forgotten Highway” and “The Bridge to Nowhere”, rides that have labels stating “the longest continuous native forest ride in the country” or “one of the best adventure rides in the country”. We take you along “The Timber Trail” a newly opened track with 8 purpose built suspension bridges to save you getting your feet wet, one of which is 140m long and 50m above the forest below, this ride covers 80km over two days. Plenty of shorter rides to sample along the way

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Lower North Island Tour

This shorter guided MTB tour concentrates on riding around our capital city, Wellington. Renowned for the Makara Peak MTB Park where track building started in 1998, now with over 40km of hand built trails. Wellington also has had many more super single tracks built all around the city which extend high into the surrounding hills and on over to the south coast. And a short trip out of the city takes you to some very wild and remote locations offering big climbs, a 7km downhill and some bike-n-hike options to keep you honest.  

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South Island Tour

We take in the best the South Island has to offer from Nelson in the north through to Queenstown in the south. Big South Island high country riding up around 2000 metres, visits to old gold mining towns with 22 creek crossings each way, a great ride on a hot day. Skinny single track clinging to the side of a 60° scree slope, big rides high in the mountains with wide open spaces and huge river valleys. Helicoptor flight up to the top so that you can take in the views and then it's downhill all the way. (Heli-biking trip subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers).

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Top of the South Island Tour

On this guided MTB tour we take you to all the best trails in the upper part of the South Island from Christchurch up into the high country, over to the Wild West Coast which now includes The West Coast Wilderness Trail, one or two days of wilderness adventure and further north for some premium riding around Nelson and remote riding through the Marlborough Sounds.

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BIG New Zealand Tour

Water taxis, Inter Island Ferries, jet boat rides and heli-biking trip are all options on this guided MTB tour, and as we are not expecting you to be super-human and ride from dawn till dusk every day there will be plenty of chances to go sightseeing along the way. Somewhere or something you want to see or do… then we will try and fit that in on passing. FLEXIBILITY is the word on this tour, a particular ride you have read about; we’ll see what we can do. Weather not so good on the west coast, then we head east, windy in the high country, then we will find some sheltered riding.

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