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Cycle Trails in New Zealand

Cycling in Nelson. Copyright Dean McKenzie
Cycling in Nelson. Copyright Dean McKenzie

Explore New Zealand on one of our Great Rides and enjoy an epic experience of breathtaking scenery, heritage and history, and nature and wonder that you will never forget. Whether you are looking for a short cycle route or a multi-day bike trail, there are cycle trails all through New Zealand.

New Zealand Cycle Trail

The New Zealand Cycle Trail is made up of 22 Great Rides throug the South Island and North Island of New Zealand. These trails will take you through some of the most diverse and wonderful areas of New Zealand, including through wine country, around lakes, across mountains and through remote areas of New Zealand.

Alps 2 Ocean

The Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail is the longest cycle trail in New Zealand. Covering 306km over 1-6 days, this trail winds through the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful Mackenzie Country of North Otago.

Otago Central Rail Trail

One of the original Great Rides, and voted the best place to ride in New Zealand, the epic Otago Central Rail Trail covers 152km of Otago landscape over 1-5 days.

Hauraki Rail Trail

Covering 160km over 1 - 4 days, this is a nice easy bike trail, ideal for families. Explore the countryside and gold mining heritage of the Waikato.

Twin Coast Cycle Trail

This cycle trail stretches between the Bay of Islands and Hokiana Harbour. It is an easy 2-day trail covering 87km.

Waikato River Trails

An advanced cycle trail alongside the Waikato River. Covering 106km over 1-4 days, you will see hydro dams, cross suspension bridges and explore volcanic rock formations.

Motu Trails

An intermediate bike trail covering 121km over 1-3 days alongside the Pacific Coast. Explore the sand dunes, remote valleys and forests of the Bay of Plenty.

Te Ara Ahi

A nice easy ride around the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. This cycle trail cover 47km over 1-2 days.

Hawke's Bay Trails

For a bike trail that includes fine wine and great food, the Hawke's Bay Trails is the one for you. This bike trail covers 200km over 1-4 days and explores the landscapes and wineries around Napier and Hastings.

Timber Trail

An intermediate trail amongst the stunning ancient forests of Central North Island. Covering 85km over 2 days, you will see huge trees, suspension bridges and relics of the old timber-mining industry.

Great Lake Trail

Lake Taupo is one of New Zealand's best loved destinations. This intermediate trail covers 71km over 1-3 days.

Remutaka Cycle Trail

The Remutaka Cycle Trail covers 115km over 1-3 days and explores the historic rail trail and wineries of Wellington and Wairarapa.

Mountains to Sea

An advanced cycle trail across the Tongariro National Park. Explore volcanic mountains and remove valleys for an epic journey you will never forget.

Queen Charlotte Track

An advanced bike trail around the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sounds. This cycle trail covers 70km over 2-3 days.

Coppermine Trail

For an epic bike around the Nelson Tasman areas of New Zealand, this trail covers 43km in 1-6 days. A hard ride.

Tasman's Great Taste Trail

Cycle around coastlines, wineries and meandering countryside in the Nelson Tasman areas. This trail covers 174km over 1-4 days.

The Old Ghost Road

For a very advanced ride through epic remote wilderness, this is the ride for you. Covering 85km over 2-4 days, this ride will have you cycling over mountains and through remote valleys.

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Explore the beautiful West Coast on a trail that covers 133km over 4-5 days.

St James Cycle Trail

A hard ride through the remote St James Conservation Area in Canterbury. This trail covers 59km over 1-2 days.

Roxburgh Gorge Trail

A short 1 day bike trail covering 21km in the Otago region of New Zealand.

Clutha Gold Trail

Follow the Clutha Gold Trail through gold mining heritage towns and alongside the mighty Clutha River. This trail covers 73km in 2 days.

The Queenstown Trail

Explore wineries, mountains and the history of Queenstown on a trail that covers 120km in 1-4 days.

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Explore the far south of New Zealand on a 186km cycle trail over 2-3 days.

Great Rides App

The Great Rides App will help you plan your route along the cycle trails if you are considering biking one of the 22 Great Rides in New Zealand. It's free to download and works offline.

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Cycle Tours

Cycle tours are a great way to cycle safely and easily along the cycle trails in New Zealand. Supported cycle tours mean you have a tour guide with you, and that your bags will be transported from one accommodation to the next. This means less stress and not having to carry your bags while you cycle - so you can relax and enjoy the experience.