Pedalling through some of New Zealand’s most breath-taking scenery must be one of the best ways to enjoy the country. Exploring the native bush, pristine lakes, glacial rivers, wetlands teeming with wildlife and spectacular coastlines on two wheels is a truly exhilarating experience.
Cycling in New Zealand is for Everyone
No matter what your level of fitness, there’ll be a track or trail suited to your needs. New Zealand boasts an entire network of off-the-road routes for you to enjoy an explore, all of which are a part of the national Nga Haerenga; the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.
We think that those on the lookout for a slower-paced ride will thoroughly enjoy one of our favourite tracks; the Hauraki Rail Trail. Offering the easiest riding conditions of any of the Great Rides, this 82km long track makes for a comfortable 3-day excursion taking you through some of the best scenery that New Zealand has to offer. It runs in close proximity to Hamilton, Auckland, and Tauranga and is easily accessible from Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha and Waihi/Waikino should you wish to only ride a section of it.
For more experienced cyclists, the Queenstown trail on the South island spans roughly 120km and winds through the scenic Gibbston wine area, the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown and the unforgettable landscapes of Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown. Offering a more challenging riding experience; it’s great for those who like to push themselves. Another favourite of ours, and the most recently opened route on the New Zealand Cycle Trail project, is the Old Ghost Road, an 85km track through the South Island Buller Gorge. The track snakes through remote bush that includes both mountains and deep river gorges, with some spectacular scenery en-route. It’s a grade four trail, so more challenging that some routes, but it’s well worth it in our opinion.
For the truly adventurous, the 5km stretch of the Waikato River Trails between Arapuni South to Jones Landing provides the opportunity to flex your technical riding skills. Steep long climbs, precipitous descents and dangerous drop-offs are the name of the game and should only be taken on by highly experienced cyclists with excellent off-road skills and a high level of fitness.
How Can Silver Fern Help You Book Your Cycling Trip in New Zealand
We’re lucky enough to have several cycling enthusiasts on the team who have explored many of the cycling trails and routes across the country, so we’re well-equipped to help plan and book your perfect escape.
Whether you just want to dip your toes with a day trip or are ready to set off on a longer excursion, we’re here to help. All you need to do is make a list of your must-do’s and any other requirements you may have such as trip duration, budget, and transport preferences and our expert team will put together an itinerary for you.
Not sure what you want to see or do? Don’t fret! Get in touch with our team and let us know how you like to spend your time and we’ll do the rest. From surfing to golfing and appreciating the offerings of New Zealand’s wine regions to the native wildlife, Silver Fern will tailor make a trip just for you.