Ladies Learn To Ride

Empower yourself with the essential skills to confidently and safely ride a dirt bike!

Our Ladies Learn To Ride days provide an empowering experience, ensuring you learn the correct skills in a safe and encouraging environment. We equip you with everything you need for personal development, enabling you to be more confident – not just on a dirt bike, but in life!

Next Ladies Learn to Ride Day


Location: Youth Encounter Home Base, 196 Roydon Downs Rd, Te Puke

"Encounter exceeded my expectations on all levels. The staff were amazing and encouraging. It was a great day that everyone could get involved in, no matter their ability."

What is included in the day?

Ladies Learn to Ride days offer a complete package for a safe, unique, and enjoyable event for you, including:

  • No prior experience or licenses needed

  • All-inclusive food, beverages, and snacks

  • Tracks and areas suitable for various riding abilities

  • Modern and reliable Suzuki off-road motorbikes

  • Full set of dirt bike riding gear and safety equipment

  • Maximum learning in small groups

  • Professional riding instructors for hands-on guidance at all levels

  • Full safety briefing and established safety systems

  • On-site trained medic and equipment

  • Inclusive photos accessible on our Facebook page.

The Process

Stage One: Getting Started Safely

  • Gearing Up: Equipping with necessary gear

  • Assessing the Risk: Evaluating safety measures

  • Taking the Controls: Operating the controls safely and moving forward with control

Stage Two: Moving Through Changes

  • Changing Gears: Mastering gear transitions

  • Taking on Corners: Navigating tricky corners confidently

  • Finding Your Superposition:  Adopting a strong positioning mindset, staying focused on your goals

Stage Three: Flying High

  • Confidence at Higher Speeds: Building speed with confidence

  • Facing Your Fears: Overcoming challenges

  • CelebrationRecognizing each individual's success

The Coach

Meet Mary Wanhill, formerly known as 'Scary' Mary Perkins—an internationally renowned world record holder in motocross racing and freestyle motocross. Following a sport-ending injury in 2009, Mary shifted gears, embarking on a career in counseling while organizing youth camps and motorcycle events.

Supported by her husband Joel, Mary's passion for making a positive impact on young lives led her to establish the charitable trust, Youth Encounter Ministries Trust. Mary's unique skills, acquired through a life of pushing boundaries and overcoming limitations, combined with her psychology background as a qualified counselor, allow her to connect with people effortlessly.

With a deep belief in the potential of every individual and a competitive drive for success, Mary and her team guarantee to have you confidently and safely mastering the skills of dirt bike riding in just one day."


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 Do I need any riding experience? No prior riding experience is required. Our course works well for both complete beginners and those who have had some riding experience.

 How safe is this? We pride ourselves on professionally running a high-risk adventure activity with the highest standard of safety. There is always an element of risk when riding a dirt bike, but we will teach you the best techniques for you to safely manage the risk and stay safe. Learn more on our safety page here.

 Do I need a license? No you do not need a motorcycle or drivers license to participate.

 What skills do you require to ride a dirt bike? You require no special skills to ride a dirt bike.

 What riding gear are we provided with? You are provided with dirt bike specific riding gear, which includes boots, helmet, goggles, body armor, elbow and knee pads, shirt, pants and gloves. 

 What do I need to wear on the day? Please bring yourself long socks, knee height if possible. We also recommend you wear a t-shirt suitable for under your riding shirt and shorts or tights to go under your riding pants. If your pant size is larger than 36, we recommend you wear jeans that you are happy to wear while riding the dirt bikes and that can fit knee guards under them.

 Is there a weight restriction? Yes there is a weight restriction of 110kg.

 Are there any age restrictions? Yes, there is an age restriction of 9 years or older to participate.

 Is there a height requirement? Yes there is a minimum height requirement of 120cm.

 What do I need to bring with me? Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen ready to be outdoors for the day.

 Is catering supplied? This is dependent on your booking with us. If catering is included in your booking then all drinks and food needed will be supplied. If you have not booked our catering services then you will need to bring your own food and refreshments. 

 How long does the day last? This is dependent on your booking and can vary to your requirements.

 What if the weather is wet? We are still able to operate in light rain but if there is heavy rain forecast we will postpone and notify you the day prior.

Alcohol consumption? No alcohol is allowed to be consumed while participating in the activity but you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages for a celebration after the activity. 


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