Cycling Trails in New Zealand

New Zealand has decided to promote ecological tourism, so the government invested a lot to support projects that push the use of bicycles throughout the country. There are now 23 itineraries that have a similar concept : you never share the road with cars, except for short trips to go back to an accommodation, and luggage transport is taken care of from one accommodation to another.

Of course, the itineraries have varying levels of difficulty, which allows anyone to feel at ease, whether it be families or hardened cyclists. The length of each circuit is also different but it is often possible to just do one day if your schedule doesn’t allow you to take part in the entirety of a course, and that day will generally be the best.

To allow anyone, including those who aren’t cyclists, to discover our wonderful country at a nice and calm pace, more and more local operators are starting to rent out electric bicycles which are more effective than any of us had expected.

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  • Rimutaka Cycle Trail

    Rimutaka Cycle Trail

    Located between Wellington and the Wairapa valley, the Rimutaka Trail crosses a region that is well-known by the locals but not by tourists. Cycling on this trail is an immersive, off the beaten track experience but also one that is borrowed from the history of the first settlers.

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  • Twin Coast Cycle Trail

    The "Twin Coast Cycle Trail" is 87km long and crosses Northland from Opua to Hokianga Harbour. It can be divided in 4 sections and ridden in both directions. Due to its sub-tropical climate, it is available all year round and suitable for most riders as it is mostly flat with gentle climbs.

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  • The Timber Trail

    Timber Trail is nestled in Pureora Forest, between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti, in the Central North Island. Begin your journey at Pureora Village in the north, ending at Ongarue in the south. Experience the full grandeur of the forest, open to cyclists and walkers alike.

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  • Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

    Alps2Ocean opens up a part of the South Island running east to west, which takes us through the mountains where its peak overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

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  • West Coast Wilderness Trail

    I had already visited this part of the country and it had never particularly impressed me. I came back from this trip feeling totally differently.

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