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(opens in new window). Explore two contrasting national parks on the Mountains to Sea, and freewheel through the golden high country of the Otago Central Rail Trail.
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Easy riding, glorious scenery and sunny days make Hawke’s Bay Trails the perfect way to spend a family friendly holiday. Highlights include art deco Napier, Hawke’s Bay wineries, Te Mata Peak and Cape Kidnappers.
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail serves up remarkable scenery from Aoraki Mt Cook all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Amidst braided rivers, glacier-carved valleys, turquoise hydro-lakes, tussock-covered highlands you can view penguins, taste local wines and soak in hot tubs under the stars.
Discover the natural beauty of New Zealand's South Island on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, a 4-day cycling journey through ancient rainforests, glacial rivers, and stunning coastline.
A mountain biking adventure through Pureora Forest Park, the Timber Trail is a ride full of ancient trees, birds, suspension bridges and history stretching back to early Māori times.
The Otago Central Rail Trail offers a classic blend of scenic splendour, fascinating history, friendly towns, delicious local food and Central Otago wines.
Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing tour along the Nelson coastline and countryside dotted with galleries, wineries and cafes. The Tasman's Great Taste Trail can be combined with a hiking or kayaking trip in Abel Tasman National Park.
The Queen Charlotte Track Great Ride is a classic mountain bike ride, tracing the bays, hills and ridges of multiple Sounds. Enjoy history, views, swimming, and boating along the way.
The Mountains to Sea journeys through Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park and takes in other regional highlights including Ohakune Old Coach Road, Bridge to Nowhere, and Whanganui River Road.
The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest Great Rides and e-bike friendly. Ride along the trail and you will find Hobbiton Movie Set, hot pools, waterfalls, gold mining history and other attractions.
The Waikato River Trails pass through fascinating hydropower dams and tranquil lakes. These cycle trails offer a range of off-road cycling adventures from family-friendly to challenging mountain biking.
Starting from central Nelson - the Coppermine Trail will wow you with its amazing alpine landscape, epic views and flowing, super-fun downhill. This memorable one-day adventure is for fit mountain bikers.
The Great Lake Trails blend singletrack mountain biking with ever-changing views over Lake Taupō and Tongariro National Park. Add bonuses of an optional boat trip and some lakeside relaxation at pretty Kinloch village.
Soak up the Clutha Gold Trail scenery and stories of New Zealand’s biggest river on this easy, multi-day journey. Ride it in full at once or as day rides, as it is great for groups and is supported by excellent cycle tours.
The Motu Trails roll along the Pacific Coast dunes and into the Eastern Bay of Plenty hills. Full of local stories, historic sites and Māori culture, it is an awesome way to explore this beautiful corner of the North Island.
Explore the wild side of Wellington and Wairarapa on the Remutaka Cycle Trail. Take in an array of scenery and attractions including forested hills, rural plains, lakes, seal colony and numerous wineries.
The Lake Dunstan Trail day ride is a must-do for those looking for a taste of Central Otago’s landscapes, rich heritage, and delicious food and wine.
Roxbough Groge trail is a one-day ride offers a striking snapshot of Central Otago’s heritage and natural history and provides easy access to the Central Otago Touring Route through to Dunedin and Queenstown.
The St James Cycle Trail takes you through stunning mountainous landscapes. The rewards of this remote high-country journey include golden meadows, beech forest, lake and valley – backdropped by snow-capped peaks.
The Old Ghost Road is New Zealand’s longest singletrack ride and a must-do for experienced and fit mountain bikers in search of the ultimate backcountry ride.
Indulge on the Queenstown Trails that taking in many iconic sights and attractions across Queenstown, Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley - from easy lakeside outings and wine-touring by bike, to cross-country day-long sight-seeing rides.
Across Lake Wakatipu, through a secluded valley, and into lush countryside – the Around the Mountains cycling journey is epic in both its scenery and scale. Enjoy the most incredible mountain vistas along the ride.
Twin Coast Cycle Trail stretches between the Bay of Islands to Hokianga Harbour. It is an easy, e-bike-friendly ride and rich in Māori and European settler history, cafes and accommodation.
Whakarewarewa Forest Loop is great for e-bike riders and new cyclists. It offers wonderful vistas of forest and lakes, boasts Māori carvings, and storyboards that share the area’s fascinating history.