Cycling on the New Zealand Cycle Trail is one of the best ways to experience spectacular scenery, unique culture, and first-class Kiwi hospitality. Imagine riding through the cool of the dense New Zealand bush, with only the call of native birds loud above the hum of your bike. Trails sweeping wide bends to reveal breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks mirrored in a still lake. Journeys such as these exist, and are exactly what ‘Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail’ has to offer.
Rotorua is well known world-wide as a mecca of mountain biking and it is playing its part in the National Cycleway project with Te Ara O Ahi (Pathway of Fire) taking shape. Bikes can be hired from www.planetbike.co.nz (they do a free 'jungle coffee' with the hire).
Weaving 180 kilometres from Taumarunui to New Plymouth via the Forgotten World Highway and inland roads is the first cycle routes to be opened in New Zealand. It is part of "Nga Haerenga" the New Zealand Cycle Trail and attracts cycle tourists from around the globe. Book your stay at ASURE Abode on Courtenay Motor Inn when starting or finishing your cycle tour. The ride is an amazing historical tour through some truly rugged country - think land of Dinosaurs, featuring abandoned communities and very cool single land gravel road tunnels, including Hobbit Hole (the local's name for the 108m Moki Tunnel). You are traversing through some gnarly outback, through gorges with steep hills often spotted with fearless goats on impossible gradients. Ok - so it is mainly road, but we are talking some pretty remote riding here, with some stunning scenery. Guidelines can be viewed at www.nzcycletrail.com.
The world-class Hawke’s Bay Trails is made up of three trails offering a range of scenery, attractions and vistas that will ensure a truly unique experience. Beginner riders, keen cyclists, walkers and runners can enjoy and range of riding options from shorter 1-2 hour rides through to a full 187km riding experience. The trails include on and off road sections where you will see everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke’s Bay coastline. Hawke's Bay Trails was born out of the vision to create a seaside pathway for Napier. Over 10 years later, Hawke's Bay now boasts over 180 km of cycle trails that meander around and between the twin cities of Napier and Hasting.
Mainly following quiet country roads through farmland, this ride connects arty Whanganui and rural hub Hunterville, making for a picturesque and safer alternative to biking along busy state highways SH3 and SH1. It also a good way to link up the cycle routes of the Rangitīkei and Manawatu. Passing through heartland Rangitīkei, the Three Rivers route traces historic stock routes as it winds its way north to the Volcanic Plateau. Highlights include Whanganui’s quirky Durie Hill elevator, tunnel and tower; and pretty rural scenes. This trail links with the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail at Whanganui, and is not far from the Gentle Annie and Manawatu Cycleway Heartland Rides, and the OTT (Ohakune–Taihape Trail) Connector Ride. As a standalone ride, the Three Rivers is best cycled from Hunterville to Whanganui, as it’s downhill overall. Credit Image: Whanganui riverside sculpture: Discover Whanganui
Named the Manawatu Cycleway on The Country Road, this 126km ride takes you through the heart of rural Manawatu into the urban centre of Palmerston North City. The New Zealand Cycle Trail in the Manawatu Region is an on-road trail from Mangaweka to Palmerston North City. Manawatu has a variety of cycling routes for keen bike riders, embracing both road biking and mountain biking. Enjoy a cycle ride through the beautiful Pohangina Valley, a hidden gem of the Manawatu, or a challenging mountain bike road through the Wind Farm Area and take in the spectacular views of the Manawatu. Visit: www.nzcycletrail.com/manawatu-cycleway.
4 days and 175km of the best the Nelson region has to offer, no matter what level of cyclist. Beginning just outside of Nelson in Richmond, the trail will offer riders views stretching from the Western Ranges to the stunning blue waters of the Tasman Bay and the Waimea Estuary - home of a range of bird species including the white heron. Boardwalks will take cyclists along the estuary to Rabbit Island where there is an option of a boat trip to Mapua. Leaving Mapua to the north-west, the Tasman Loop Trail heads to Motueka - a well serviced town with shops, wineries restaurants, etc. Then heading north to Riwaka - just outside of the Abel Tasman National Park. The southern section of Tasman Loop Trail leads down quiet back roads along the Motueka River’s bank, Tapawera with its surrounding mountains then begin a 56 km ride past historic tobacco drying kilns to Kohatu Junction. Emerging south of Belgrove, the trail then passes through Wakefield and then heads back to Richmond.
Get on your bike and off the beaten track to discover the real back country of Molesworth and Rainbow Stations with a Marlborough NZ guided cycle tour into the high-country of the South Island. Stay at both the ASURE Sundowner Motel in Blenheim and the ASURE Hanmer Springs Motel, Hanmer Springs during your travels. Enjoy this supported four day cycle tour with good company, all meals included, great stories and dramatic high-country scenes is the only way to discovery the beautiful Marlborough high-country world.
Start biking in the scenic Awatere Valley in Marlborough, cycle through the vine-framed roads before heading up into the rural, remote high country of the Molesworth Station. Stay on a farm and have dinner with the owner, enjoy meeting local farmers as part of your experience. A night in Hanmer Springs with a therapeutic hot pool will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed and one night stay in an alpine lodge in the Nelson lakes. A chance to visit some unique back country places. Visit: http://www.molesworthtours.co.nz/tour/nz-cycle-tours/2.
St James Cycle Trail is one of a network of special cycle trails throughout the country. The 64m cycle trail starts and finishes at the Maling Pass and St James Station entrances which are 25kms apart from Tophouse Road. It is recommended that you start at the Maling Pass entrance. The Trail takes 1-2 days depending on fitness, and riders should be reasonably fit and experienced to undertake the full trail. Guidelines can be viewed at www.nzcycletrail.com.
The Westland Wilderness Trail - runs down the West Coast of the South Island. Start at Blaketown in Greymouth & head south along the coastline to Paroa where you head inland to Kumara along a historic tramway. Continue through Dillmanstown, Goldsborough, Milltown, Lake Kaniere,Mahinapua to Hokitika & then south to Ross. The ride will take between 3 & 4 days is 120 km, Grade One - Grade Two, easy catering for all levels of riding including families. Parts of trail are still under development. After your ride take a trip further South & visit the Glaciers.
Regional Rides: Big River Road Track; Big River - Waiuta Township; Reefton Lookout; Blacks Point/Murray Creek; Capleston to Gannon's Road Track; Oparara Valley; Denniston Plateau; Croesus Track.
Annual Cycle Events: Around Brunner Cycle Race (April), Coast Road Cycle Race (November).
The longest trail in New Zealand - 312 kms, goes all the way from Aoraki Mount Cook village(mountains) to Oamaru (sea). Eight gently undulating grade 2 stages approx 40ks each stage. Beautiful scenery, picturesque.
The Otago Central Rail Trail runs for 150kms between Clyde and Middlemarch The Rail Trail passes through some spectacular scenery not seen from the highways, ranging from mountain ranges, hills and gorges, across the vast Maniototo plain, through old gold mining towns, ending amongst the fruit growing areas of Central Otago. The heritage of the old railway line has been preserved, with the retention of viaducts and bridges, and some of the old Railway Stations. Stay at ASURE Central Gold Motel before or after your cycle trail experience. Try out some of the local trails or compete in some of our local bike races or try the beautiful Gibbston Valley trail.
Travel on the Otago Central Rail Trail, and you travel through 150km of Otago’s history. You’ll discover an untamed, natural environment, Otago’s harsh and daring past, and look in awe at the early engineering feats of the pioneers. Get up close and personal with scenery, tunnels and bridges that once were the secret preserve of railway workers. The bridges are a virtual history of New Zealand railway bridge building; from the 1897 Capburn Bridge (Tiroiti) to the Prices Creek Bridge built 1961-63. This is the trail of discovery best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. There’s nothing quite like it, it’s New Zealand’s Original Great Ride.
The Queenstown Trail is one of New Zealand’s flagship trails and along with 18 other national cycleways is billed as a New Zealand Great Ride. The trail covers 110kms of spectacular views and outstanding mountain ranges. The trail stretches across the Gibbston wine area, the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown and the stunning landscapes of Lake Hayes, Frankton, and Queenstown. It crosses three major rivers, the Shotover, Kawarau, and the Arrow, and tracks follow alongside both Lake Wakatipu and Lake Hayes. Several bridges and underpasses provide access to new and spectacular areas.
We can book this Real Journeys excursion for you, it is a small group guided cycling adventure on the south-western shores of Lake Wakatipu. Your day commences with a cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw Steamship to Walter Peak. Then cycle along a quiet country road through beech forest and open tussock grasslands. Along the way enjoy stunning views of the Von River and surrounding mountains including Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu. - Small group, 9 per guide - Moderate fitness required, 2-3 hours leisurely cycling (15-35kms) - Picnic lunch, hot drinks and afternoon tea included - Suitable for children 10 years and older Departures: 10am daily (mid Oct - Mid Apr) Duration: 7 hrs 30 mins.
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The Lake2Lake trail runs alongside Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau river towards Lake Manapouri.
The total length to Manapouri will be 28km. The first 19km from Te Anau to Balloon Loop and last 4.7km from Manapouri to Supply Bay Road is now open for walkers, runners, cyclists and any other non-motorized transport (e-bikes welcome).
The trail is mostly 2.2-2.5m wide and is rated “Grade 2 Easy”.
The trail can be used in both directions or people can make a loop by returning on Golf Course Road or the Te Anau-Manapouri Highway.
A 41km loop can be created up Mt York Road and along Ramparts Road, past the lookout, returning to town via the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway.
Invercargill is a town made for cyclists enjoyment, with many options for road and off-road cycling. Beginning from Stead Street wharf, cycle the length of the Invercargill Estuary following the floodbanks as you take in typical rolling greenery from Thompson's Bush, on the newest cycle trail around Invercargill city streets. For the off-road cyclist, just turn off at Sandy Point and enjoy one of the many cycling trails. There are also other trails which explore Bluff, Gore, Invercargill, Winton and the Takatimu area. Bluff – Half a day should be set aside to do justice to the 20km Bluff Heritage trail.
Invercargill Velodrome – this world class facility is definitely worth a visit (you really will be amazed at how steep the cycling track is). Base yourself in Invercargill to totally enjoy your Southland cycling experience starting with the smaller town trails and working up to the Around the Mountain Trail.
Southland/Otago: The Around the Mountain Trail allows cyclists an opportunity to explore and discover some of New Zealand's most secluded and rustic rural settings at a relaxing pace without sacrificing the comforts of home.