New Zealand offers some fantastic backcountry mountain bike trails which can take you to remote and breathtaking parts of the country. This activity is increasing in popularity across the globe, with all kinds of tracks and trails being built each year.
Some of the key things to consider when taking your bike out is that unlike a walk or tramp, you can easily find yourself in the backcountry as you are using a machine to get you there. You also need to plan your trip and understand the inner workings of your bike, so if trouble appears, you can get yourself out of there in case there is no phone reception or help on hand.
Consider your ability, skills and fitness of everyone in your group
Tracks here can differ dramatically and will require different levels of fitness, equipment and planning. It's important to recognise that the perceived risk of a day walk can be very low, where as the potential risk can be surprisingly high.
Start looking at maps and websites to gain insight into what your trip will include.
It doesn't take a big injury to slow you or your group down considerably and there are plenty of people who've got lost at a track junction. If you do have an 'incident' in the outdoors and you end up spending an unexpected night out, the temperature can drop dramatically and its often damp as well. You'll be thankful you planned accordingly.
What you take with you will make all the difference if something were to go wrong such as getting lost, delayed or injured. It pays to consider how these are packed on your person and bike - our Pack for an Overnight Mountain Bike Trip video is an excellent start.
pdf Basic Gear List for outdoors pdf – 207 KB
or you can find more on our Supplies section.
Respect others on the track and follow the Mountain Bikers Code
Continue your preparation with our online resources, there is still plenty to learn to ensure for a safe and enjoyable trip!