Can anything really beat the achievement of conquering a high, alpine pass or the thrill of soaring along a scenic downhill? We think notâ€¦although the first sip of celebratory sauvignon in the pub later might come a close second!
Natural High was established in 1996 in Nelson, before relocating to Christchurch in 2005. The following year, dairy farmer Andrew Hunt rode into the picture. Deciding that early morning riding sounded a lot more fun than early morning milking, Andrew bought Natural High in 2006.
In 2011, Andy and his team took Natural High to the North Island, opening the Auckland branch of the business. With additional depots in Taupo, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Queenstown, Dunedin and Invercargill, Natural High now offers the largest and best selection of bike rental in New Zealand, a growing range of self-guided and guided cycle tours, as well as campervan and kayak rental.
Andy sold the business in May 2016 and Natural Highâ€™s current owners are Steve and Cecileah Inns, who live in Christchurch with their three young children. Steve has always been passionate about mountain biking, and bought his first mountain bike in 1996 (the same year Natural High was born). Heâ€™s competed in many events over the years, including the Rainbow Rage, the Pass to Pub, the Caveman, the Hanmer Hammerhead, the Run 79 Lake Tekapo MTB Pursuit and the Motatapu, which takes place every year in the Wanaka to Queenstown high country. Steve has spent 15 years in the transport logistics industry, holding a management role for the last five years.
Meet the team
Name: Steve Inns.
Job title: Team captain.
Home town: Christchurch, New Zealand.
Favourite New Zealand ride: I’m always in search of my next new favourite ride. Enjoying every opportunity I can get to take in the views and fresh air trying to find it.
Best spot for after-biking drinks: I’m content relaxing with a coffee or a cold ginger beer wherever the ride ends!
What do you do when not riding: Spend quality family time with my wife and three kids, walking, tramping, exploring and boating at Lake Kaniere on the South Island’s West Coast when we get the chance.
Name: Logan McRae.
Job title: Auckland branch manager.
Home town: Auckland, New Zealand.
Favourite New Zealand ride: Heaphy Track. First multi-day MTB ride I ever did; stunning and diverse scenery in a unique part of the country and itâ€™s an awesome track for riding.
Best spot for after-biking drinks: Beers in the car park straight after the ride. Or if riding Hunua, south of Auckland, drive around to the Hunua Falls after the ride.
What do you do when not riding: Hang out with my son, read.
Name: Mike Buttar.
Job title: Auckland bike mechanic.
Home town: Queenstown.
Favourite New Zealand ride: Queenstown to Glenorchy â€“ nice scenery, plenty of hills
Best spot for after-biking drinks: Glenorchy Tavern.
What do you do when not riding: Darts, cricket, working.
Name: Adam Townsend
Job title:Â Operations Assistant Christchurch.
Home town:Â Kempsey, Australia.
Favourite New Zealand ride:Â Rotorua Redwoods
Best spot for after-biking drinks:Â Anywhere that does a good cold beer and chicken schnitzel for lunch! Actually I don’t mind a good coffee after a ride, either
What do you do when not riding:Â I’m usually fixing a bike, modifying a bike, reading a bike magazine, making my way to the next biking location, or scoping out some trails somewhere. If I’m not doing something bike related you can guarantee I’ll be listening to music, drinking coffee, or eating pizza….and I am never far from LyndalÂ
Name:Â Leona Kadir
Job title:Â Guide.
Home town:Â Surrey, UK.
Favourite New Zealand ride:Â Where do I start?! Coronet Peak, Craigieburn, Rotorua, and the Alps2Ocean route. I can’t just pick one…
Best spot for after-biking drinks:Â I don’t drink so it’d have to be C4 Coffee on Tuam St.
What do you do when not riding:Â I’d probably be eating, sleeping or in the gym if I’m not riding.
Name:Â DanÂ Eggleton.
Job title:Â International Ambassador for Natural High.
Home town:Â Southampton, UK.
Favourite New Zealand ride:Â The Port Hills around Christchurch offer a huge variety of great road and off-road riding. My favourite NZ ride though has to be Haast to Wanaka…that will be hard to beat! Or the Cardrona Valley/Crown Range climb and decent into Arrowtown…Picking one ride is impossible!
Best spot for after-biking drinks: Bowman Brewery in Droxford, UK (nearest big town is Southampton). It’s a small pub with a big beer garden and in the middle of nowhere. Loads of cyclists stopping off.
What do you do when not riding:Â Take too many photos. Photography is my number one passion
Why choose us?
We understand that organising a cycle holiday or adventure tour is a big job, which is why we work hard to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Whether youâ€™re looking for bike rental for a weekend or a grand cycle tour of the whole country, weâ€™ll talk you through all your options, drawing on our extensive cycle and touring knowledge to give you the best possible advice. On the phone, by email or in person at our Auckland or Christchurch branches, weâ€™re always happy to listen to your questions and share our recommendations.
We help you create your own, unique natural high
Getting you out into the Kiwi outdoors and having fun is what weâ€™re all about. Weâ€™ll listen to your wish list and help you tailor a trip that meets your individual requirements â€“ whether thatâ€™s a guided cycle tour, a self-guided trip or a combined campervan and bike rental â€“ ensuring youâ€™ll return home with beaming smiles and memories that last a lifetime.
We sweat the small stuffâ€¦
â€¦So all you have to do is enjoy the ride. From sound advice on the right bike rental to accommodation bookings and transport logistics, weâ€™ll happily take care of all your trip requirements. And with branches in two major cities â€“ Auckland and Christchurch – along with depots across both islands, weâ€™re handily located for most riding destinations.
Only the best will do
As dedicated cyclists we know that the equipment you use can make or break a trip. With the largest selection of fully-serviced bike hire gear than any other cycle operator in New Zealand â€“ and leading brand names including Specialized, Surly, Avanti, Trek and Cannondale – weâ€™re sure to have the best bike for your journey.
Friendly, local expertise
At Natural High weâ€™ve clocked up thousands of kilometres pedalling around New Zealand (and further afield too). So when it comes to helping you find the right gear, the best trips or the most extreme off-road terrain, weâ€™ve got our finger firmly on the pulse. Ask us a question and weâ€™ll happily share what we know.
Respect of our natural environment
We think weâ€™re incredibly lucky to have some of the worldâ€™s most beautiful scenery right on our doorstep and weâ€™re working hard to keep it that way through our daily actions. Limiting our paper use, composting our food waste and riding to work everyday are just some of the ways weâ€™re helping conserve our natural playground. You can read more about our sustainability policies here.
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