Biking off the Bunnies


Kinross Cottages Cellar Door

Easter is fast approaching, and with it comes a long weekend of biking opportunity and of course delicious chocolate eggs. It’s great to have the long bank holiday weekends whether you intend to spend them with your family, or your bike, or both if you’re very lucky. If you’re partial to a sneaky egg or two, then don’t forget to pack something chocolatey in your backpack.

Feeling the need to add in extra rides to make up for over indulgence is common for most of us. Think ‘everything in moderation’ for the winning combination. No one wants to associate the bike with punishment, as opposed to the fun, joy and freedom two wheels can provide.

If you’re looking to combine a Great Ride with mouthwatering temptations en route, we’ve picked out three fabulous options to help get an adventure underway. Alternatively if you’re staying home this Easter, why not organise your own Easter ride with friends and family, and create your own cycling Easter Egg hunt.

Hawke’s Bay Trails

Bike About Tours offers fully supported cycling options on the North Islands Hawke’s Bay Trails. For those looking for a little extra help, E-Bikes are also on hand.

You can choose from a manageable Day Ride through to 4 nights and 3 days of exploration. Tours explore Mission Estate, Church Road, and Black Barn Wineries and Silky Oak Chocolates, and the Cider House. The Gimblett Gravels is a famous wine growing district and is an ideal destination for holidaying cyclists looking to tantalise their taste buds and loosen a notch on their belt.

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

The proximity to breweries, wineries and cafes provides a feast of cycling opportunities for visitors to Nelson. The Gentle Cycling Company perfectly captures the simplicity and beauty of great cycling routes coupled with gastro heaven. The local Official Partner of the trail offer numerous cycling packages which include shuttles, bike hire, accommodation, transfers and much more.

Great Taste Wine is a self guided day of gentle cycling. There are 5 wineries to visit en route, craft breweries, trailside fruit, berry gardens, cafes, cheese shop and the Pics Peanut butter factory.

Great Taste Beer (you guessed it) is a beer tour by bike visiting breweries in Nelson – now considered to be the Craft Beer Capital of New Zealand. This is a self-guided tour along an urban route of around 10km which is flat and virtually all along cycle trails.

Queenstown Trail

Kinross Cottages situated halfway between Queenstown and Cromwell offer 14 spacious self contained cottages providing an unforgettable base for your next biking break. Representing 5 local winemakers, Kinross are the exclusive cellar providing the perfect opportunity to savour stunning local wines. Accompanied by an excellent general store, bike hire and cafe, Kinross is a hub to enjoy all the best the spectacular wine region has to offer.

Wherever your Easter travels take you we hope they include Great Rides, and chocolate.