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We're heading to NZ at the end of Feb. and have heard of the Heli Biking trips. Are they worth it? Which trails are the best (Old Woman Range, Cardrona, Roaring Meg,....)? We're pretty adv. riders here in the states and ride stuff similar to blacks and blues at Whistler BC..

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greg there's a couple of posts on this board with lots of details here of local riding in this area check em out but these guys are pretty good know the area well

http://www.fat-tyre.co.nz/index.htm

And these young guys in Wanaka
http://freeridenz.com/index.htm

the ones you mention are awesome there's a tone in that region and these guy's can hook you up, check out any of the locals in Wanaka or Alexandra Qtown LBS for more info if ya want more details for some other adventure !

There's the Nevis range back of Cromwell/Bannockburn! Clyde between Cromwell and Alexandra/ Naseby between Alexandra and Ranfurly, get a copy of season 4 drop in to get an idea of the region if you haven't seen it.

Depending on time you have there's so much riding to be had, its easy to go to the main area;s and miss allot of amazing riding and scenery!

A trip with any of these guys is probably well spent to get the most out of it to be honest, full on but you will get to places you won't find catered to your level and on properties you may not be able to stroll on up to, though there's plenty of land to ride that's not an issue with!

Don't miss the ones Ive mentioned its great AM riding lots of flow bit of climbing but worth it if ya prepared to put in some effort, and there's plenty of places for a swim to cool off in afterward and a pub for a nice cool southern in later, life dosen't get much better!

Bannockburn is full of old gold mines and vineyards and wicked single track and briar bushes rabbit holes so watch it:D

Enjoy love this place, home town, give er a hug

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Thanks for the reply..

I am just worried the trails would be hours of dirt roads and/or across open rocky grass feilds.. Neither sounds fun in my opinion. What you decribed sounds great.

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Well there can be wilderness like that and places that might start of ike that if you didn't know where you were going, it is very open in some area's but he reion can change from valley to valley, any of those guys or others posted in the other threads will look after ya needs though and take you on exactly what youre after!

Did I mention Mark Weir was here last year for one of our Super D races in this region he spent a bit of time here and did a helti ride from Wanaka he was blown away, he rode his VP Free coil rear Van up front DH WW tires
came second in our Super D
http://www.brakeburner.co.nz/results.html 2008

Qoute from MW direct qoute "have you been to whistler? my response have you been to New Zealand? More trails less Hype." he did an interview for one of our mags great four page spread awesome pics rides trails

Spoke #28 if ya can get a hold of it!

http://spokemagazine.com/

Allot of this riding may look XC but don't let it fool you especially the Otago region Ive posted it can be extreme its not whistler, though Qtown is very well establish and well constructed!
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=453215

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=454323

Wanaka also has some great FR / AM trails on the edge of town above the lake called sticky forest and a DJ park!

you'll be well catered for mind blowing if ya get shown the right stuff!

Oh don't foget Dirt Park if its stil running this season I know they were up for sale not sue whats happening this summer they have a website check it out it rocks its a freride park in summer between Qtown and Wananka in the Cardrona Valley
http://www.dirtparknz.com/

How long ya got there!

Some more links for you to check out!

http://www.vorb.org.nz/article-72083.html

You can get maps in Qtown and Wanaka at the local bike shops for all these! and ride from the center of town from Alex, Q and Wanaka to most its like 5 to 10min to start from town.

DH
- wynyard express
- skipper pack track
- zoot track
- skyline tracks
- corcnet peak
- dirt park
- lower remarks

FR
- drit park
- sticky forest (wanaka)
- 7 mile
- wynyard / mini dream

Jump parks
- dream track
- mini dream
- gorge road

Skate parks
- arrowtown
- glenorchy
- wanaka

http://www.vorb.org.nz/video-view-91460.html
http://www.vorb.org.nz/video-view-92535.html









That should keep ya busy, now ya have no excuse but to shred and have a bloody great time, drink heaps and be merry, some great pubs around so have a wonder in ya floppy joes and check out the ole bars in the back streets the small ones they freindly and brew on site usually, Crumpy's in alex is a bike HQ and resturant, wee stone brewery off the main drag in Qtown behind the New World Supamarket down by the lake as ya come into Qtown go past the ole Post Office its cool best beer in town :thumbsup:

Gorge rd dirk park
Gorge Road Jump Park Opening from Building the Scene on Vimeo.

Oh Ask the boys about the Heli Drop MW did too looks amazing!

Good luck and enjoy!
 

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If your bringing your own bikes, wed night rides from Montieths bar (old grumpy's) main street alex 6 pm 2.5 hours ish trail rides finishing with beers...... seperate groups depart catering for different speeds. but all finish at the bar for coffee or amber fuild.:thumbsup:
 

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bike hire

May be able to hire trail bikes from fat tire adventures I know they do for their helibiking and for the rail trail but unsure of what they have in between.
 

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my family and i are off to wanaka for 2 weeks and want to ride the rail trail as well as so dh and all mountain stuff .the girls only have 1 bike each but i have the choice of my yeti 575 or my banshee wildcard both run dual ring set up with bash guard.the yeti runs a 140 mm fork and the banshee 180 and is setup for lite downhill freeride etc.which bike should i take?
 
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