Collect all the Great Rides

Photo Credit: Alps 2 Ocean / Rebecca Ryan
Alps 2 Ocean Tarnbrae credit Rebecca Ryan
Photo Credit: Otago Central Rail Trail / James Jubb
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Photo Credit: Great Lake Trails / Cam Mackenzie.
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Photo Credit: Lake Dunstan / Tourism Central Otago / R Mackay
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Keep the good times rolling on adventurous, active holidays that'll show you the best of New Zealand – one brilliant Great Ride at a time.
From the top of the north to the bottom of the south, 23 amazing adventures await. Collect one every year or keep up the momentum with more – which means more fun, more fitness, and more time with people you love to ride with. So, where will you go next?

Otago Central Rail Trail

No Great Ride hit-list is complete without the Otago Central Rail Trail – a true classic, multi-day adventure you’ll be talking about for years. Ebike-friendly, super-scenic and splendid in every season, this big-sky rail trail is also famous for the rich history and hospitality offered in characterful towns along the way.

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Otago Central Rail Trail Gilchrists Store 2 Oturehua credit James Jubb
Photo Credit: Gilchrists Store, Oturehua / James Jubb
Great Lake Trails Headland Loop credit Bike Taupo
Photo Credit: Great Lake Trails / Bike Taupo

Great Lake Trails

An essential Great Ride for lovers of lakeside scenery, Taupō's tranquil, flowing trails boast spectacular gorges, waterfalls, lush forest, epic lookouts and picture-perfect bays. Choose from spectacular day rides or complete every memorable section over two or three days.

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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

A must-have on your biking bucket list, the ‘A20’ is the longest Great Ride and traverses some of its most legendary southern landscapes between Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Pacific Coast. Enjoy everything from country pubs and hot tubs, to star-gazing and historic Oamaru.

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Photo Credit: Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail / NZ Cycling Journal
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Photo Credit: Lake Dunstan / Tourism Central Otago / Ross Mackay

Lake Dunstan Trail

Not to be missed, this superb one-day Great Ride serves up specular Otago scenery as it winds between Cromwell and Clyde. There's plenty to tell your friends about – from flinty history, natural wonders and ingenious trail building, to wineries, lakeside cafes, and charming accommodation at each end of the trail.

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Twin Coast Cycle Trail 98 credit Ruth Lawton Photography
Photo Credit: Twin Coast Cycle Trail / Ruth Lawton Photography.

With Great Rides stretching from Northland's Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail to Southland’s Around the Mountains Cycle Trail – you've never had a better way explore every corner of Aotearoa!

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Photo Credit: Hauraki Rail Trail

With something for all ages and abilities, the Great Rides are the perfect way to enjoy bonding time, build confidence and make memories to last a lifetime.

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To discover all 23 Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand

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