Can my non-riding spouse/partner/friend join a tour?
Yes of course they can, many non-riding partners have a wonderful time seeing the countryside slightly differently from the van, and you of course meet up during the day and in the evenings. There are also many interesting walking sections as part of the tour.
Is it the same cost as a cyclist?
Yes it is. You are doing all the same things – just not on a bike. If I wanted to stay for longer after the tour – can you organise that? Is there much to do? Yes absolutely – we know the area inside out! We can help you book accommodation to any budget, as well as line up a great range of things for you to see and do – depending on what you like. We have lots of intel on all the hidden gems as well!
I am travelling by myself – is this OK?
Yes we would love to have you along but the rooms booked are based on two people sharing, we do offer a single supplement of $700.
How fit do I need to be?
This tour is designed for all abilities. A medium level of fitness is recommended however. We have our comfortable van travelling nearby the trail so we can pick you up at certain spots. You are always welcome to travel in the van.
Do I need much cycling experience?
Most of the tour is on fairly easy trail, but you do need to know how to ride a bike, turn sharp corners, be able to ride on gravel if necessary and be aware of road rules and cycling protocol if on the road.
I want to cycle more than what your tour is doing. Is that possible?
Yes of course – if we are not off to our next destination there is time to do an early morning or late afternoon/early evening cycle. We have some great spots for you to venture to.
Do I have to take an e-bike?
No you don't have to take an e-bike, but this is something we would discuss with you first.
What personal clothing do you recommend?
A full, detailed kit list will be provided on confirmation of booking and we do encourage high visibility clothing if possible
Can I bring my own bike?
Yes of course but please talk to us first to ensure it is suitable for the trip/trailer etc. This would be subject to us agreeing.
What pedals do your bikes have?
All our bikes have normal pedals however if you are an experienced cyclist and would prefer to ride in your step in cycling shoes with cleated pedals then you are more than welcome to bring your own pedals and fit them to your bike on Day1.
What is Northland Experiences cancellation or transfer policy?
We will send you full cancellation and transfer policy before you finalise your booking. But to summarise; If you cancel prior to 6 weeks of the tour you will be given a refund less 10% of the tour price per person. Prior to 3 weeks out you will get a 50% refund of the tour price per person. Less than 3 weeks out from the tour date there is no refund.
Will the tours go with just two of us booked on it?
No. We have a minimum number of 5. Tours are available every week so a suitable alternative is usually available.
What will the weather be like?
Northland is a year long destination. With its northern location, low elevation and close proximity to the sea is characterised by a mild and sometimes humid climate. Summers are warm and tend to be humid, while winters are mild, with many parts of the region having only a few light frosts each year. Most parts of Northland receive about 2000 hours of sunshine per year. Its does rain though so bring a waterproof jacket for cycling.
What happens in bad weather?
There is plenty to do in Northland…we have many alternate things to do if you choose not to ride, but these things are addressed as they come up. We can assure you that you will have a great experience on these unique tours rain or shine!
How do I get to Kerikeri?
Fly – into Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) airport from Auckland. 5 flights a day. Transfers from there to your accommodation in Kerikeri are included in the tour price Self-Drive – 3.25 hours from Auckland on SH1. We have secure parking for $100, for the tour duration. Coach – Intercity has 2 daily services.