Imagine riding through the cool of the dense New Zealand bush, with only the call of native birds loud above the hum of your bike. Trails sweeping wide bends to reveal breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks mirrored in a still lake. Journeys such as these exist, and are exactly what ‘Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail’ has to offer.

New Zealand’s Great Rides provide exciting journeys on 2,500km of trails suited to everyone from rusty riders looking for a fun way to see the sights, to mad-keen mountain bikers up for a challenging adventure. These cycle trails breathe new life into old tracks, roads and railways, offering leisurely travel, multi day cycling holidays and remote mountain bike adventures allowing riders to enjoy so much more than just biking. ‘Nga Haerenga’ means ‘the journeys’, both in a physical and spiritual sense, which is exactly what you will experience on the New Zealand Cycle Trail. Enjoy researching your next ride or two, and happy biking.

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