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GREAT RIDES OF NEW ZEALAND

Showcasing some of New Zealand’s most amazing landscapes, our 23 Great Rides are an exciting and environmentally sustainable way to reach must-see sights and activities.

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twin coast

Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 75%

Easy: 20%

Intermediate: 5%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Northland
Clock Black 87km / 2 days
Star Black bicultural heritage / varied scenery / warm hospitality
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ALERT: SECTION CLOSED. Click > for details. Stretching between the Bay of Islands and Hokianga Harbour, Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail reveals pretty coastal and inland scenery, and the storie…

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hauraki rail

Hauraki Rail Trail

Grade

Easiest: 98%

Easy: 2%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Waikato
Clock Black 173km / 1–4 days
Star Black Shorebird Coast / Karangahake Gorge / rural country & towns
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This cruisy ride around the coast and through countryside offers close encounters with rare birds, rural life, a bushy gorge full of gold mining history, and the chance to get your Lord of the Rings f…

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Waikato River Trails

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 46%

Advanced: 54%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Waikato
Clock Black 104km / 1–4 days
Star Black river & lake scenery / elegant hydro dams / forest & wetlands
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TRAIL ALERT: SECTION CLOSED. Click > for more info. Cycle alongside New Zealand’s longest river to survey ever-changing scenery and a series of landmarks including striking hydro dams, pretty suspensi…

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motu trail

Motu Trails

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Easiest: 0%

Easy: 12%

Intermediate: 71%

Advanced: 17%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Eastland / Bay of Plenty
Clock Black 121km / 1–3 days
Star Black beaches / forest & hill country / Māori & European history
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Rolling along Pacific Coast sand dunes, and into remote valleys and forest, these diverse trails explore a quiet corner of the Bay of Plenty and Eastland.

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Whakarewarewa Forest Loop 1981 credit Graeme Murray

Whakarewarewa Forest Loop

Grade

Easiest: 30%

Easy: 65%

Intermediate: 5%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Bay of Plenty
Clock Black 33km / 1 day (2.5–5 hours)
Star Black Exotic & native forest / volcanic lakeland views / Māori art & culture
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This fun, mostly easy loop is a great way to see the sights of Whakarewarewa Forest – Rotorua’s beloved backyard and a world-famous mountain bike mecca with rides for most abilities.

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hawkes bay

Hawke's Bay Trails

Grade

Easiest: 70%

Easy: 20%

Intermediate: 10%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Hawke's Bay
Clock Black 200km / 1–4 days
Star Black coast & countryside / food & wine / architecture
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Explore Hawke’s Bay’s landscapes and attractions on easy day rides around Napier and Hastings and throughout the Herataunga Plains.

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great lake

Great Lake Trails

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 100%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Central North Island
Clock Black 84km / 1–3 days
Star Black waterfalls & forest / epic lake views / flowing singletrack
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Explore the remote forested shores, valleys and headlands along the edge of Lake Taupō, with massive views across to the peaks of Tongariro National Park.

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timber trail v2

Timber Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 64%

Intermediate: 36%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Central North Island
Clock Black 85km / 2 days
Star Black ancient forest / suspension bridges / fascinating history
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Cycle amidst mighty trees on a trail that also boasts rare birdlife, lofty suspension bridges and intriguing timber-milling relics.

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Mountains to Sea cyclists on Bridge to Nowhere Martyn Davies

Mountains to Sea

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 93%

Advanced: 7%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Ruapehu and Whanganui
Clock Black 231km / 1–6 days
Star Black volcanic mountains / remote river valleys / wild ocean
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Tongariro National Park’s volcanoes and magical Whanganui River wilderness are just two compelling reasons to ride this truly epic trail.

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remutaka cycle

Remutaka Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 15%

Easy: 27%

Intermediate: 42%

Advanced: 16%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Wellington/Wairarapa
Clock Black 115km / 2–3 days
Star Black historic rail trail / varied scenery / wine country
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TRAIL ALERT: WILD COAST SECTION CLOSED. Click > for more details. Explore Wellington and the Wairarapa’s wild side on this ride over the Remutaka Ranges and around the rugged Pacific coast.

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queen charlotte

Queen Charlotte Track

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 62%

Advanced: 28%

Expert: 10%

Location Black Marlborough
Clock Black 72km / 2–3 days
Star Black Sounds views / coastal forest / waterside resorts
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TRAIL ALERT: TRACK OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS. Click > for more details. A New Zealand classic, this track traces bays, hills and ridges for ever-changing vistas of the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.

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dun mountain 1

Coppermine Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 75%

Advanced: 25%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Nelson/Tasman
Clock Black 43km / 1 day (4–6 hours)
Star Black epic panoramas / alpine tops / awesome downhill
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Head up into the hills behind Nelson city for a grand tour of forested valleys, rocky mountaintops and a meandering riverside trail.

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tasmans great taste

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

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Easiest: 0%

Easy: 63%

Intermediate: 37%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Nelson/Tasman
Clock Black 200km / 1–4 days
Star Black coastal & rural scenery / food, wine & art / seaside vibe
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Enjoy a leisurely tour along sparkling coastline and through picturesque countryside dotted with galleries, vineyards and restaurants.

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old ghost road

The Old Ghost Road

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 92%

Expert: 8%

Location Black West Coast
Clock Black 85km / 2–4 days
Star Black mountain views / wild valleys / riveting history
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TRAIL ALERT: SECTION CLOSED. Click > for more details. Fit, intrepid riders need look no further for New Zealand’s ultimate wilderness adventure – 85 kilometres of epic singletrack snaking through rem…

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west coast wilderness 1

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 70%

Intermediate: 30%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black West Coast
Clock Black 133km / 4–5 days
Star Black ocean, rainforest & lakes / mountain views / rich heritage
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Explore the wild West Coast on a heritage trail amidst rainforest, pristine rivers, tranquil lakes and rugged beaches – all flanked by the stunning panoramas of the mighty Southern Alps.

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st james

St James Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 8%

Intermediate: 60%

Advanced: 20%

Expert: 12%

Location Black Canterbury
Clock Black 59km / 1–2 days
Star Black alpine views / wild rivers & hidden lakes / farming heritage
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TRAIL ALERT; FULL LOOP CLOSED. Click > for more details. This challenging trail takes riders through the remote St James Conservation Area with its soaring peaks, broad river valleys, and captivating …

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Alps 2 Ocean

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 78%

Intermediate: 22%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Mackenzie Country, Waitaki Valley, North Otago
Clock Black 315km / 1–6 days
Star Black Southern Alps vistas / surreal blue lakes / country towns
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New Zealand’s longest cycle trail serves up epic vistas on its way from the foot of the Southern Alps all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

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Lake Dunstan Cycle Trail Image 4a copyright bennettandslater.co.nz

Lake Dunstan Trail

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Easiest: 0%

Easy: 75%

Intermediate: 25%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 41km / 5–8 hours
Star Black Central Otago landscapes / heritage towns / dining & wine-tasting
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Winding along the edge of Lake Dunstan and the Kawarau and Clutha Mata-au rivers, this day-ride serves up spectacular Central Otago scenery, food and wine, and fascinating history.

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otago central rail

Otago Central Rail Trail

Grade

Easiest: 100%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 152km / 1–5 days
Star Black epic landscapes / pioneer history / easy riding
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New Zealand’s original Great Ride follows an old railway line through beautiful, big-sky country with the bonus of legendary hospitality.

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roxburgh gorge

Roxburgh Gorge Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 90%

Intermediate: 10%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 21km / 1 day
Star Black spectacular geology / gold rush heritage / jet boat tour
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Following the mighty Clutha Mata-au River through a hidden gorge, this trail reveals pioneer stories and an otherworldly landscape of incredible natural beauty.

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clutha gold

Clutha Gold Trail

Grade

Easiest: 50%

Easy: 50%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 73km / 2 Days
Star Black Clutha River / gold mining heritage / country towns
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Stretching between the pretty rural towns of Roxburgh and Lawrence, the Clutha Gold Trail winds through the changing landscapes and colourful history of the mighty Clutha Mata-au River.

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queenstown trail

Queenstown Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 60%

Intermediate: 30%

Advanced: 10%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 138km / 1–4 days
Star Black alpine grandeur / wineries & cafes / pioneer history
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TRAIL ALERT: SECTIONS CLOSED. Click > for more details. Offering everything from easy lakeside jaunts to all-day adventures around the Wakatipu Basin, the Queenstown Trail serves up sublime scenery wh…

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Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Lake Wakatipu credit Tourism New Zealand

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 40%

Intermediate: 60%

Advanced: 0%

Expert: 0%

Location Black Southland and Otago
Clock Black 186km / 3–5 days
Star Black lake & mountain vistas / country towns / scenic cruise
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Immerse yourself in mountain and lake scenery on this journey through secluded valleys, rustic farmland and charming Southland country towns.

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