3 Off The Beaten Track Rides For 2019

3 off the beaten track rides in NZ

Determined to live your best life in 2019? It all starts with adventure…

Molesworth Station
Only open for a short period every summer, riding the rough road through Molesworth Station really is a limited-edition experience! New Zealand’s largest farm offers 180,787 hectares of towering mountains and river valleys. It’s had something of a chequered past and these days is administered by the Department of Conservation. Allow two to five days depending on your fitness – there are campgrounds along the way.

The St James
The ultimate backcountry mountain bike experience! This 64km trail runs through the Canterbury high country, close to the alpine village of Hanmer Springs and offers an ever-changing panorama of mountain peaks, crystal clear rivers, high country lakes, alpine meadows, sub-alpine beech forest and expansive grassy river flats. The grade of the trail varies: the beginning and end sections are classed as easy and intermediate, while the middle part is graded advanced, with river crossings and bike carrying in places. Riders need to be fit and experienced to do the full trail. There are three huts and numerous camping spots along the route.

The Motu Trails
Located in the eastern Bay of Plenty, these trails enable less experienced riders to sample remote riding amidst spectacular scenery. With three trails to choose from (or the option to combine them all), there’s plenty to keep riders of all abilities entertained. The 10km Dunes Trail is is the easiest option, while the 91km Loop Ride, which starts and ends in Opotiki, can be ridden as an epic day ride, or a multi-day adventure.

Fancy tackling any of these rides? We can help with bike hire, or combined campervan and bike hire.

Have a great week,