housemartin - all mountain adventures
Sven & I, offer intimate mountain bike trips & guided adventures for people who enjoy riding & exploring new trails and challenging terrain. We are based out of Nelson, New Zealand, which is situated on the top of the South Island. The region is famous for its beaches, mountains, wine, food and microbreweries. Nelson has been awarded the title of "sunniest town in New Zealand” for good reason.
Besides the sun, Nelson and its surrounding area are famous for its MTB trails. After extensive traveling and “trail research” across the globe, this is where we have now decided to call home. We like to ride the road or trails less travelled and enjoy our flowy downhills. You have to earn your descents with some climbing, hike-a-bike & suffering that just makes the downhills that much sweeter but we aren’t masochists, so you can expect some shuttles by land, air and maybe even boat. We just like getting out into nature and having epic days (or day, whichever you prefer) on the bike with a good crew of likeminded people. Come on over to the land of the long white cloud, visit our little pocket of sunshine on the South Island and let us take care of the planning and logistics so that you can focus on riding and relaxing while we show you the hidden gems and very best of what this region has on offer.
NZ is far away, and rightly so, the riding is uniquely otherworldly with a rich biodiversity of eco-systems and geography, it is a magical green paradise & well worth the effort.
For 5 months of the year (NZ winter), we migrate to Europe (also Canada & USA) and take up residence in our trusty old rusty van, as I am a professional mountain biker, and enduro racer. We travel to various bike races, festivals, events and many beautiful places in the mountains for magazine photo shoots & features. During this time Sven also follows the world cup circuit photographing & capturing the world's best, fastest mountain bike racers in action.
In it's second year now is Soul Trails - bike & yoga adventures for women which I organise in collaboration with some of the best guiding outfitters around the world. Combining my three passions (biking, travel & yoga), I hope to connect with likeminded women around the globe, encouraging them to travel with their bikes & head out on an adventure. In between all of the above, I teach a fun Vinyasa style flow yoga wherever & whenever I can and would love to share my practice with you in-between bike rides of course, and I also love to teach & get more women out there on their bikes.
We look forward to exploring some epic trails with you soon!
Sven & Anka