Be prepared for an amazing holiday experience when you ride one of the Great Rides along the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
Rich in breathtaking scenery and must-see attractions, Nga Haerenga (‘The Journeys’) are an unforgettable way to explore New Zealand. Mostly off-road and traversing a remarkable range of landscapes, the Great Rides offer adventures for almost every age and ability.
Renting a bike is easy in New Zealand; plenty of rental providers can be found in the main centres that surround each of the Great Rides. Choose to explore a trail for an hour, a day or a week; whichever fits in with your itinerary.
As locals will tell you, there really is something for everyone on the New Zealand Cycle Trail, even for beginners and rusty riders. Passionate tour companies offer advice, guiding, shuttles and luggage transfers while welcoming accommodation, cafes and restaurants provide home comforts along the way.
They are as diverse as they are beautiful, showcasing a satisfying blend of natural wonders, cultural sights, food and wine. Tasman’s Great Taste Trail offers a leisurely tour of cafes, wineries and galleries spread across rolling countryside and along a sparkling coast. At the other end of the scale, the Old Ghost Road is a challenging journey through the remote mountainous wilderness.
Spread throughout New Zealand from the Bay of Islands in the north to Queenstown in the south, the Great Rides are a memorable way to reach sights and attractions. Pedal between Napier’s art deco buildings on the Hawke’s Bay Trails stargaze from an alfresco hot tub on the Alps 2 Ocean and wind through Rotorua’s steamy geothermal wonderlands on Te Ara Ahi. Explore two contrasting national parks on the Mountains to Sea, and freewheel through the golden high country of the Otago Central Rail Trail.
Starting at the base of New Zealand's highest peak, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail passes by a number of glacial lakes. Check out this stunning cycling trail.
The Hawke's Bay Trails stretch over the Heretaunga Plains and weave between the twin cities of Napier and Hastings.
An enjoyable ride on this fine cycle trail. Cycle through dense rainforest, glacial rivers and lakes, topped off with views of the Southern Alps. See signs of the former gold mining days.
Travel through ancient forests and suspension bridges on this meandering north island cycle trail. Find out more about the Timber Trail.
Named after the original railway line built between 1891 and 1907, the Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ and one of the best cycle trails.
On the Great Taste Trail take in panoramic views of Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary, and mountains in the Western Ranges.
Experience the best of Marlborough Sounds on this intermediate to advanced mountain biking track.Find out more about this adventurous cycle trail.
An action-packed cycle trail from the Central Volcanic Plateau to the ocean’s edge in Whanganui. Find out more about this great cycling trail.
This cycle trail rides through the scenic Waikato passing through historic mining areas and the Karangahake Gorge.
Follow this cycle trail along the mighty Waikato River as it winds through changing natural landscapes and a series of handsome old hydropower dams. Find out more about Waikato River Trails.
When you mix spectacular scenery with a pristine mountain cycle trail you get an unforgettable cycling experience. Find out more about the Dun Mountain Trail.
The stunning Great Lake Trail follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Find out more about this great cycle trail.
Experience the charm of the South Island and follow the significant Clutha Mata-Au River on this memorable cycle trail.
Experience three contrasting journeys. Explore East Cape wilderness, take in the fresh ocean air and get in touch with nature on these excellent cycle trails.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail is a great way to explore the landscapes and history of the Wellington region.
Cycle beside the Clutha Mata-au River on this great cycle trail and pass by mining relics. Enjoy a scenic boat ride down the river and finish at the Roxburgh Dam.
A varied, exciting cycle trail passing through St James Station, along mountain peaks, beside crystal clear rivers and through sub-alpine forests.
Te Ara Ahi – Thermal by Bike, offers a 66 kilometre cycling trail adventure through a thermal wonderland of steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers.
The most remote and challenging of New Zealand’s Great Rides, this is an epic wilderness adventure for fit, intrepid mountain bikers. Find out more about this challenging cycle trail.
Survey mountainous southern scenery while pedalling between attractions including wineries on this great cycle trail. Then bungy jump bridge and historic Arrowtown.
On the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail explore some of New Zealand’s most secluded and quaintly rustic rural settings.
Stretching between the Bay of Islands in the east to Hokianga Harbour in the west, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is rich in history and local hospitality.