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 though a 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 golden high country of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Great Rides App

If you're looking at riding one of New Zealand's 22 Great Rides, the Great Rides App is free to install and will help you plan your way around the trails - it even works offline!

Download for Apple / Download for Android

New Zealand Cycle Trail Official Website

Click here to discover New Zealand's Great Rides that make up the NZ Cycle Trail.

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  1. Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

    • Scenery sky high to sea level
    • Surreal turquoise waters
    • Country towns & historic Oamaru

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    • 1-6 Days
    • 306 Km
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  2. Hawke's Bay Trails

    • Coastal, riverside & rural scenery
    • World-class wineries
    • Food, art & architecture

    Grade 1-3
    Easiest to intermediate

    • 1-4 days
    • 200 km
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  3. West Coast Wilderness Trail

    • Pristine wilderness
    • Historic byways
    • Iconic attractions en route

    Grade 2
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    • 1-4 days
    • 139 km
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  4. The Timber Trail

    • Ancient forests
    • Rich culture & heritage
    • Thrilling suspension bridges

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    Grade 2-3| Easy - Intermediate

    • 2 days
    • 87 km
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