Stunning scenery and varied local attractions will compete for your attention as you explore New Zealand’s diverse cycle trails and mountain biking tracks.
New Zealand is a great destination for an active cycling or mountain biking break, with accessible riding trails and tracks near most cities and towns. You are guaranteed a cycling holiday to remember, with a fresh experience, panoramic view or beautiful landscape to be found around each bend.
The mostly off-road 23 Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail introduce both recreational cyclists and passionate mountain bikers to nature, national parks and constantly-changing scenery. Make interesting detours to enjoy arts and culture, a warm local welcome and a wealth of off-the-bike attractions.
Easy riding can be found on trails including the famous Otago Central Rail Trail and Nelson’s Great Taste Trail, where the beautiful coastal route also showcases the region’s wineries, restaurants and artists.
Mountain biking enthusiasts searching out adventure and technical challenges will find the Queenstown Bike Park downhill tracks breathtaking. Other popular mountain biking areas include Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton - Waikato and Queenstown.
Take in the best of the country right up close!
Snap and win
The New Zealand Cycle Trail is running a competition during April and May with weekly prizes for the best photos, videos or comments showing people enjoying their time on one of the 23 Great Rides around New Zealand. Find out how to enter.