To have an enjoyable experience riding the Paparoa Track you need to make sure you are comfortable in the weather conditions while riding your bike. You also need to be comfortable carrying gear and have access to the food and water that you will need.
Comfortable in the weather conditions
You will be riding for a number of hours each day so clothing choice needs to not restrict any movement. It also needs to protect and regulate temperature. The Paparoa Track is a back counrty track so you need to be prepared for all types of weather conditions. See gear list for multi-day mountain bike riding
Comfortable on the bike
The right type of bike. You are going to be riding on undulating terrain with many obstacles, so mountain bikes are ideal. Our whanau had three full suspension mountain bikes and one with front suspension only.
Comfortable at the contact points on the bike. You will be on the bike for a number of hours each day, for consecutive days. The surface is bumpy, being comfortable on the bike is a MUST. Make sure you are comfortable on the saddle, at your handlebars and on the pedals.
Comfortable carrying gear
You are riding in the back country away from support so you need to be completely independent and self-reliant. Your accommodation in DOC Huts requires you to carry sleeping bags, and cooking and eating utensils. We carried one pot between the 4 of us. See Gear List for multi day mountain biking.
To help with balance and control of our bikes on challenging terrain, we are carrying our gear in a small backpack, frame bags, handle bar bags, seat bags, and a rear carrier with a dry bag. Trying to keep our weight within the dimensions of the bike.
Access to water & food… You will need to carry food and water for several days. There are numerous huts along the way which have cooking facilities and water for refilling and rehydrating at. Our food is nutritious including dehydrated meals. We are taking 4 meals per day when riding back country – breakfast, lunch 1 and 2, dinner and snacks for each day of riding.