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    Heading down from Alaska

    A buddy and I are heading to New Zealand from December 19-January 5. Thinking of renting a camper van and putting the trip together ourselves vs hiring a guide service. I was hoping to get some trail name/loops/areas to hit while we are there together so we can get the most of our time there. Any suggestions or help would be awesome. Thanks .

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    Well, Rotorua and Queenstown are the obvious 2 to visit - finding your way around them is pretty straightforward.

    There's also plenty of riding in between the two - Christchurch, Nelson etc

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    Ok cool. Any specific trails to make sure and hit? Long epic day or good zone not to miss? We have 2 weeks. Also, hard tail 29 or full suspension 26 trail bike for what you folios have there? Thanks.
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    OK the very 1st thing you have to do now is buy the Kennett Brothers MTB Book,


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    Rotorua is very good, You can down load a trail system Map to your Phone.

    Bike - The Redwoods - Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand

    This will get you started.
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    In Wellington there is makara peak mountain bike park and wainuiomata trail project (wtp). Both pop up in Google, well worth a visit.

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    Great . Thanks for the info. Anything else would be awesome to know. 29r hardtack or a full suspension 26r for your rising there you think? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfbkr50 View Post
    29r hardtack or a full suspension 26r for your rising there you think? Thanks.
    Full suspension for sure. You can ride most/all of it on a hardtail, especially around Rotorua where there are not a lot of rocks, however any trails that can be shuttled will have lots of braking bumps from lots of big bike traffic.

    I think south island trails are probably rockier and you'd definitely want suspension there.

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    Great to hear that as I like riding that bike better. Thanks for the info. We have two weeks do hoping to hit everything we need to in that time with some repeaters of the favorites.
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