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“Bucket List Mountain Bike Adventure That You'll Always Remember”
Review of HeliBike Rotorua

HeliBike Rotorua
Ranked #48 of 62 Tours in Rotorua
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started planning our trip to New Zealand in January 2017, found Heli-bike Rotorua and knew this was a bucket-list adventure that we couldn't pass up. The week we were coming up on our epic adventure we checked the weather and saw that there was going to be a huge storm that day and David had no problem moving our tour back one day to make sure we were still able to go. We arrive in Rotorua and I couldn't even sleep the night before I was so excited (not recommended - this takes a lot of energy!)

They also offer the option of getting dropped the evening before you ride to sleep in one of the huts on Mt. Moerangi which I would definitely do next time once I saw how remote and serene that option would have been.

The morning of our ride, David picked us up, took us to a great breakfast spot and then we made our way up the mountain. Got a great history lesson about the forests we were driving through on the way up and the guys were great conversationalists.

Got to the mountain, loaded up our bikes on the helicopter and off we went to the top of Mt. Moerangi. Despite the pilot refusing to hum Highway to the Danger Zone to us, the Heli Ride was incredible - views and access to the vast expansive forest that you'd never get otherwise. I was amazed.

We get to the top of the mountain and it's time to ride the pristine Singletrack of Mt Moerangi. The access road was closed so we were literally the only two riders on the trail that day. I've never seen singletrack or forest like that in my life and I knew it was a privilege not many get in their mountain biker lives. The trail was challenging but rewarding and it felt like you could attack it at any experience level if you wanted. If you're not an advanced rider I would simply talk to David and he'll make sure you end up on a route, and distance that you'll be comfortable with.

At the end of our ride I was smiling ear to ear. David greeted us with our favorite adult beverage, and off we went back into town - with a quick pit stop to a hot spring to relax our muscles on the way back while we enjoyed an epic sunset.

This was one of the top 5 days in my life, if not the best - and I mean it. If you're thinking about doing this tour - there is no question that you should!!

Thank Adam C
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David B, Owner at HeliBike Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey thanks Adam. We had great fun with you guys! Welcome back anytime!

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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

What a brilliant way to start an adventure ride. Had to wait out the weather yesterday but we were so lucky to fly into Rogers Hut today to start the Moerangi ride.
The team were super helpful and kept us informed throughout whilst we waited to get a fly day.
They met us at the end and had a beer waiting.
The Moerangi ride is a must do for anyone wanting to be out in the middle of nowhere in amazing bush. Don't be fouled by the distance. We did 22km from Roger's hut and it took some energy. You need to be fit.
The experience to helicopter in just adds to an excellent day out.
Operators very professional

Thank brentwhibs
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David B, Owner at HeliBike Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

So glad you guys had a great time! It is a very special place.

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Everyone involved in our experience was outstanding, from David (who set up our reservation), to the pilot, to the driver who picked us up on the other end. All were incredibly nice guys. Our pilot started by asking us, "How keen are you?" and we let him know that we were very keen to ride some solid miles, so he took us out as far as he could. Even on our rainy day, the view of the misty trees was gorgeous and the small spot where he put us down was incredible. Best of all, we didn't see a single person on the trail or at any of the huts all day. Absolutely beautiful solitude on some great trails! I should add that the driver who picked us up at the end (Tony?) went above and beyond. He provided us with a cold beverage at the trail's end and when we asked him if we could stop somewhere to wash off our bikes before loading them back into our rental car, he stopped at a water hose near the heliport and jist washed them off for us. Very nice guy. I can't say enough good things about our experience.

Thank youngdoc
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David B, Owner at HeliBike Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

So pleased you had a great trip - it is a very special place!

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