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    Thanks NZ (I'll be back)

    Wow. I just got back from seven weeks in NZ. It is like no other place I have ever ridden. I have been to a lot of mountain biking hot spots around North America and Europe, but nothing can hold a candle to NZ. Every day was miles and miles of single track. And when I got tired of riding single track there was a bike park or some amazing shuttle ride I could find and let gravity do the work.

    In the seven weeks i was there I rode over 700 miles, all off road, mostly single track.

    Anyway, great country, great people. I can't wait to go back.

    To answer some of my questions before I left:

    1. Dropper seatpost makes riding more fun. There are so many steep trails that not having a dropper would have limited my trail selection.
    2. Bring the biggest tires you have - I ran 2.4s and I was glad I did as there are ton of very fun, very rock trails in places most Yanks never heard of, like Alex.
    3. Phil at Altitude Adventures is a terrific guide and an amazing downhiller.
    4. Having a car was definitely worth it.
    5. Rotorua Bike Shop: Bike Culture. The guys were great and my Tallboy C felt right at home.
    6. Taupo after rain: no problem, it is actaully much faster because the dust goes away and the soil remains tacky.

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    Glad you had a good time! Did you make it to Dunedin in your travels?

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    Great to hear you enjoyed yourself. What was your favourite trail, and area for riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffzx12 View Post
    Glad you had a good time! Did you make it to Dunedin in your travels?
    I did. It was terrific. I can't remember the exact name of the trails (Nicholas creek maybe?). One was a super flowy park with gorgeous trees, redwoods I believe. The other was just down the road from the park - super long switchbacky climb that eventually became a mud pit at the top in early December. Except for the top, that trail was terrific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kavika View Post
    Great to hear you enjoyed yourself. What was your favourite trail, and area for riding?
    Favorite trail: if Rotorua didn't smell so bad, I would say the Billy T. But it does smell, so I guess my favorite trail was Gold Digger to the Moke Lake loop south of Q town: the scenery, the sheep, quality of trail is pure NZ.

    Favorite area: Wanaka. Klutha River to Sticky Forest to Deans Bank and back to Wanaka following the Klutha to the lake trail. It was bliss. I also really enjoyed Eskdale. I was stunned by the views from the top, plus this place gets no press so that I figured it would be average, but average in NZ is world class anywhere else.

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    Fantastic! I'm off to ride NIcholls tonight! It's been a bit hotter here so the mud ain't a problem. There's a good ride up Swampy summit (apt name) to ride down it.
    Cheers Jeff

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    I'd say you have now officially ridden more trails here than I have! I keep telling myself "this year I'll ride more" so this is motivation to get out and make it happen.

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