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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

  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    Manuka-February 2018

    This is our third Active Adventures trip and we have never been disappointed. Each trip has been a learning experience for us. The beautiful sights and people we have met along the way have made it a very worthwhile event that we will never forget. We enjoyed working with your professional team of staff and guides and hopefully one day we will return for another adventure. Thanks, Steve and Marilyn.
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    – Washington, United States
    Manuka, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Rimu Rocks!

    The trip was awesome! I met a great bunch of fellow travelers and now have family in New Zealand in Jackie and Emma! I felt like we saw a lot of the South Island in 2 weeks. I loved my first experience in New Zealand and plan on coming back in 2020!
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    – Michigan, United States
    Rimu, January 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    South Island trip of a lifetime

    An absolutely awesome adventure with fantastic guides Vanessa and Tory. Experiencing parts of the great tramps in New Zealand of Kepler, Routeburn, Mueller Hut, Inland pack track at Punakaiki and Angelus Hut are a great introduction to tramping in NZ. I will definitely be back to complete some of the tramps. The Angelus hut hike was one of the hardest I have done (I hike regularly in Western Australia) and I loved every second of it. I would do the Angelus hut Nelson lakes hike again in a heart beat. The cycle along the Hawea river was stunning. Every day was a highlight of the trip.
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    – Western Australia, Australia
    Rimu, May 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Exceeded my Expectations. A Trip to Treasure.

    Active adventures provided an outstanding New Zealand experience. Our guides (Tory and Jordie) went above and beyond during our South Island Rimu trip. Their passion for the outdoors as well as the traditions and culture of NZ enhanced the two week journey. As guides, I was most impressed by their attention to detail and safety. I appreciated the warm smiles, gems of knowledge and yummy meals on even the challenging hike days. For my birthday, during the three day hike at Nelson Lakes National Park, Tory and Jordie surprised me with two delicious cakes to share with my new hiking family. A moment I will treasure, enhanced by the breath taking views of the alpine lake at Angelus Hut.

    The beauty of the country surpassed my expectations, particularly sites like Milford Sound and Mt. Cook. Such a diverse, lush landscape, each hike offered a unique perspective of the stunning views. Combined with the kayaking and biking options, allowed for an exciting and interesting mix. The highlight of my two weeks was my heli-hike on the Tasman Glacier, such an unforgettable experience.

    I'm looking forward to future Active Adventure trips, but will definitely keep a little piece of NZ in my heart. A truly bucket list destination.


    Gigi (from The Bahamas)
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    – West Virginia, United States
    Rimu, July 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Outstanding Adventure Vacation

    Our Active Adventures trip was outstanding! The entire process was a tremendous experience. Staff were responsive and friendly during the "sign up" phase. Our guides Jordie and Holly are two of the finest professional, friendly and knowledgeable guides we've had the pleasure to work with. Shout out for both of these wonderful people! They did a marvelous job managing group dynamics to ensure everyone was motivated and individual needs were met. Well trained and both have mastered the skillful art of quality customer service. Keep up the good work!
    Lilly Golden Review Image
    – Texas, United States
    Tui, July 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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