Video: Becoming an Expert on New Zealand with The Gehrig Twins

May 28, 2019 at 13:45
by Anita Gehrig  

New Zealand is a special place on earth. For most of us, it is just very far away. Its location is unique. The country is the first on the planet to see a new day. The scenery is beyond description and speaks volume of the handiwork of mother nature. We feel very fortunate to be able to keep coming back to enjoy riding our bikes and race in this beautiful place far away.

There are many things that come to our mind when we think of New Zealand but here is our short list of facts and things you might haven’t known about the country of the long white cloud.

by Sven Martin

Kia Ora
Kia what? Kia Ora is the Māori-language greeting which has entered New Zealand English. It means as much as welcome, hello, be well, be healthy and is used everywhere.

by Kike Abelleira

No.1 Ice cream lovers
New Zealand is not known as an extra ordinary hot country. Nevertheless, Kiwis are amongst the biggest ice cream eaters with 23 liters of indulgent goodness per person and year.

by Maddog Boris
by Maddog Boris

NZ Enduro
An event put up by Anka and Sven Martin can only mean one thing– Endless good times filled with adventure, sweet trails and a tiny bit of toughness required. The three-day event covers the trails of NZ’s very top of the South Island: Whakamarina, Nydia Bay and Whites Bay. Our first helidrop remains an all-time memory, sleeping in a flooded tent too.

Unbeatable hospitality
My home is yours! You won’t find a folk much more welcoming and as easy going then the Kiwis. No matter if you know someone for longer or just the length of a ride don’t be surprised when they invite you to their home. It might even occur that you are left alone with a house.

Latte Art by Anita

Flat White versus Cappuccino
The typical NZ flat white is served with a double shot ristretto, which just brings more flavour into the cup as the single shot of espresso in a cappuccino. The milk is less frothy but more creamy, so a definite win for the flat white.

The reason why NZ coffee culture is outstanding?
The Kiwis stay true to their British roots and have an established tea- coffee time a day. With their high-quality approach, it’s not surprising that almost every place has a fancy espresso machine (NZ is the most saturated market for La Marzocco - the leading barista coffee machine producer). Snacks and cakes are beautifully presented and it’s hard to resist a delightful NZ carrot cake after a good ride.

Just one question remains for us: Why would you close your coffee shop at 3 pm?

by Kike Abelleira

Type II fun
When the going gets tough the tough get going – the Kiwis seek those kinds of activities you’ll have to dig deep but you’ll have a day to remember that’s for sure. So if you meet up with Kiwis for a casual ride, make sure to pack some extra snacks and water, it could escalate very quickly. Being great hosts they simply want to show you ALL of their favorite tracks, even when you only have a day.

Flip-flops, Birkenstocks, call them whatever you want to call them, but in NZ it’s a jandal. Worn with or without socks, the Kiwis could not care less.

Kiwi’s are tough AF
Despite Switzerland being a country full of mountains, you can’t find much real wilderness here, the place is crowded and phone reception is available 99% anywhere. Whereas in NZ you can be absolutely out there! Nevertheless, it’s easy to get carried away on your bike and just send it but you might need to consider that if you get hurt the way out might hurt even more. That’s probably the reason why Kiwis are tough AF as it seems they all have their own war stories…

NZ is Switzerland in bigger and with fewer people
In many terms New Zealand is similar to Switzerland, epic views, mountains but all that with way fewer people. NZ is over six times bigger then Switzerland but has only a bit more than half the amount of inhabitants. Despite being smaller, the North Island is populated by three times more people then the South Island. There is another significant difference; Kiwis are more relaxed than we business-minded Swiss.

There is no such animal that could kill you
Other then Tasmania that we visited after our NZ trip you can’t find anything that could really kill you with a bite. People have died because of cows but what are the odds? The sandflies can be nerve-wracking though!

by Kike Abelleira

Kiwi Slang by Anka Martin

Aotearoa New Zealand (land oft he long white cloud)
Chur bro thank you my brother/ friend
Lollies Sweets/ candy
Stubby can of beer or very short shorts for men
Pounamu greenstone, jade (can only be gifted to someone, not bought for yourself!)
Yarn conversation
Kumara sweet potatoe
Munted damaged/ broken/ not working
Wahine Women
Pakeha Non maori person
Yonk to have sex with
Wops a long way from anywhere
Yeah, nah bro an indicesive phrase, technically means no. „Do you want to go on a date with me?“ „Yeah...nah!“
Long black similar to americano but not quite
Short black espresso

by Kike Abelleira

Travel tips:

Take the scenic route along the sea and witness the astonishing beauty. You can see plenty of wildlife to spice the long drive up.

Has a unique charm! Their hills are home of some of the best and most challenging tracks of the world. You can handle a double black trail normally? Well, that doesn’t mean you can handle it in Nelson.

If you look for loamers and beech tree trails, right there!

Is home of the probably best trail center in the world. The amount of sick trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest is just insane. Along with the Maori culture and geothermal activity, this place is fascinating.

All the fun can be had in QT, ALL of it. But you might be just happy with the trails and bikepark! If you have some extra coins left you can spend it on: partying, bungee jumping, jet boating, canyon swing, hang gliding, rafting, Ferg Burger, Vudu Coffee and so on…

by Sven Martin

Tell us about your NZ experience!

Follow our journey on Instagram @anitagehrig @caro_gehrig #norcotwinsracing

MENTIONS: @norcobicycles / @deityusa / @wilderness-trail-bikes / @Praxisbicyclecomponents / @CamelBak


  • 16 0
 I am moving down to NZ for a year to travel in October. My Work visa just got accepted last week. Thank you for helping me understand what I am getting into!
  • 4 0
 Welcome to NZ mate!
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 I am doing this when I finish school!
  • 11 0
 Before 3pm coffee. After 3pm beer. Unless riding in which case before ride coffee, after ride beer. But that's universal right?
  • 2 0
 And another thing, two degrees of separation (or in this case one). Hi Jono!
  • 8 1
 Chur bro this is meaaaaan as, tooo much my bro Nek Minnit Always blow on the pie Is that .... Richie Miccccooooyyy yea boi
  • 3 0
 Standard greeting around this neck of the woods is 'Air gun, mate'
  • 2 0
 I second, always blow on the pie
  • 4 0
 Just went there this past December for 2 1/2 weeks. Rode bikes 8 of 18 days, did vacationy stuff the rest. Stayed in Queenstown, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland. Drove through Kaikoura. Interesting to hear other's experiences. We did not hear much of the slang mentioned in the article, nor get to meet any super friendly locals inviting us to their home, but everyone we met were very friendly. I bought an espresso machine after having long blacks almost daily.........will go back. I personally would spend a week in Nelson and a week in Rotorua if riding was my main purpose.
  • 6 0
 Next time add Signal Hill in Dunedin and Alexandra to your list for riding spots!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that isn't enough time, especially if bouncing around to that many places. I did 5 weeks solo in a van with my bike and a surfboard..started on North island with plans to go to South island, but I was having plenty of fun and didn't want to rush things so I never made it to the ferry to go South. I did Rotorua for 6 days and barely scratched what riding was in the area....lots of other riding all around(with varying trails), plus waves all over(one of the few times I wished there was actually someone else in the water with me!). Going back is on my short list of future trips!
  • 2 0
 @gsbomber34: ha. those are the ONLY places I rode while there (well I hit Nichols track a lot too - probably like that more than signal).
  • 4 0
 Just to be clear...

"NZ Enduro
An event put up by Anka and Sven Martin.....The three-day event covers the trails of NZ’s very south of the North Island: Whakamarina, Nydia Bay and Whites Bay"

- Actually it's on the trails at the North of the South Island. Maybe they had the map up-side down!?
  • 5 0
 Apparently the La Marzocco does not follow the twins to Norco's pit area...
  • 2 0
 @mtnbkrmike Don't think Norco Twins were at XC race.
  • 1 0
 Or Norco punked PB by hiding the LMLM and served them Nescapuke.
  • 2 0
 Have been to NZ 2010 for 8 month. The time over there changed my life! I moved to the mountains here in Europe when I came back. Living the outdoor life ever since. Such an awesome country with awesome people!!!
  • 3 0
 Urgh, this makes me miss NZ. Just spent a year there. Magical place. Great people, great riding.

Canada is cool too. Smile
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 "The three-day event covers the trails of NZ’s very south of the North Island: Whakamarina, Nydia Bay and Whites Bay."

I wish this were true, I'd never leave Wellington!
  • 2 0
 I spent 6 weeks riding trails in NZ this year. Besides Nelson, Sticky Forest trails in Wanaka were my favorites!
  • 1 0
 Oh yeah, Sticky Forest rocks! It's been far too long since I was there...
  • 1 0
 If you've been to New Zealand and British Columbia your life is pretty much ruined because riding won't get better anywhere else...
  • 1 0
 Just finished school and got NZ working holiday visa! I´m travelling in November but already can´t wait to see the land, ride the trails and make new friends !
  • 1 0
 I'm just returned from 6months in NZ... Ferg is dank! Devil Burger in QT is waaaaay better. IG @ihavemine to see the evidence.
  • 2 1
 Great article! point of feedback:
  • 1 0
 Haha thank you! I'll happily use your tip in my next write up.. ;-) English speaking only a little...
  • 1 0
 Please hold the ice cream uprights. Is that because they're down under? Just wondering.
  • 2 1
 Its about time we got some shots of the gehrig sisters licking ice cream. They know what gets clicks!
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  • 5 0
 hmm, I think this is meant to be "bonk". And the NZ Enduro is at the northern end of the South Island....nice story all the same
  • 2 0
 @tanadog: I agree, never heard anyone say Yonk in that context here.
  • 6 0
 Yeah, nah - pretty sure that's supposed to be Bonk. Chur.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, nah, had a great bonk yonks ago, mate. Sweet as, aye, cuz. Catch ya round like a squashed one. Chur, bro, laters!

Yeah, bonk = sex. Yonk should be yonks and means "a long time ago" or "lots of" though the latter is more like "shit loads" these days.
  • 4 0
 @handynzl: 'lots of' is heaps surely
  • 1 0
 @browner: Not as a colloquialism...I mean "lots of" actually means "lots of", but if there is "shit loads", then, bro, there really is "lots of".
  • 1 0
 @handynzl: thats yonk as bro
  • 2 0
 Double Mint, anyone?
  • 1 0
 ones on an X2 and the others on a super deluxe tho
  • 1 0
 You missed the important stuff
  • 1 0
 Awesome info on NZ! Keep up the good work!
  • 1 1
 Needs more dirt jump spots!!
  • 1 1
 Double shot flatties after 3pm? Ya crazy.
  • 1 0
 Twin rule! (I am one)
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 Ferg Burger!

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