Megan's top 5 New Zealand cycle trails

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Having ticked off two, Megan Gale is keen to experience more of New Zealand’s cycle trails. Here’s what’s top of her list.

1. Hawke's Bay Trails

Made up of three trails, the Hawke’s Bay Trails are perfectly suited to family cycle touring. Each of the trails offers a different experience; from ocean and mountain views to amazing wineries. They are easily accessible and there is a plethora of accommodation options along the way. I’d especially love to have lunch at Elephant Hill Estate & Winery, and check out the local farmers’ markets.

2. Rimutaka Cycle Trail

The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is a great way to explore Wellington’s surrounds. Riding alongside the waters of Cook Strait would be incredible. I’d personally like to get back to Weta Workshop in Wellington as it’s been a while since my last visit.

3. Tasman's Great Taste Trail

Nelson sounds stunning. The idea of riding my bike on Tasman's Great Taste Trail and then catching a boat from Rabbit Island across to Mapua Village Wharf for a well-deserved coffee break really appeals. Nelson is the perfect mix of natural attractions and award-winning wineries.

4. The Queenstown Trails

There are numerous wineries and restaurants found along The Queenstown Trail. Plus the many accommodation options make for a relaxed experience. Lake Hayes looks spectacular in the autumn with its’ green and gold foliage.

5. Clutha Gold Trail

I fell in love with Central Otago on my last cycling trip when I rode the Otago Central Rail Trail, so would really like to explore more of the region’s cycle trails. The Clutha Gold Trail offers an incredible insight into Maori and early European culture and history. Plus a refreshing dip at Pinders Pond sounds divine after a day of riding.

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