NZCT COVID-19 response

Published 2020-03-25

Alert Level 4 means we must severely limit travel, with driving only permitted for essential travel such as getting food or medicine from your local area. The best way to reduce the risk of exposure to yourself and others is to stay at home. However, we do realise that people will want to get out and exercise.

If you do go out, please limit yourself to short walks or rides in nearby parks and on local trails, following the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines.

Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and others:

  1. Consider whether you need to leave your property at all. Can you exercise at home?
  2. Don’t ride trails if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath etc). Please stay at home!
  3. Please only venture onto our Great Rides if you live adjacent to or very close to one. Remember driving in your car is for essential travel only, which doesn't include transporting you and your bike to a trail.  
  4. Ride alone or only with the people you are self-isolating with. If you’re riding alone tell someone what your plans are.
  5. If you’re riding with your self-isolating group, make sure everyone knows the recommended hygiene guidelines before they set off.
  6. Keep at least 2m away from other trail users. When approaching other people slow down so that it’s easier to maintain this separation. Avoid narrow tracks where maintaining this separation may be difficult.
  7. Where possible, avoid touching any surfaces that could be contaminated such as gates, squeeze bars, handrails, fences, benches and picnic tables. The virus can remain on surfaces for three days.
  8. Try to avoid using public toilets; many will be closed anyway. Go before you ride. Carry your own toilet paper and sanitiser in case using the toilets is unavoidable.
  9. Don’t touch your face while you’re riding. Wash your hands and disinfect your handlebars when you get home.
  10. Make smart and conservative choices about the rides you choose to do and how you ride them. Our hospitals and emergency services are already overburdened – unnecessary accidents will make things harder.
  11. Some trails and mountains bike parks, such as Makara Peak MTB Park in Wellington and Codgers MTB Park in Nelson, have been closed. Check online to see what trails are open before heading out and stay close to home.  
  12. This isn’t a time to be heading into our remote areas, so all wilderness rides – including the Timber Trail, St James, Mountains to Sea (Mangapurua Track, Ohakune Old Coach Road, Kaiwhakauka Track), the Old Ghost Road, the Coppermine Trail and Paparoa Track – are off the menu.
  13. Ride very local trails only. With all non-essential travel prohibited and non-essential businesses along or near the trails closed, visiting other areas to ride is not an option. Travelling further afield increases the risk of community transmission, and the length of time we may remain at Alert Level 4. Please remember that driving is only permitted for visiting essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies, not for leisure/exercise.
  14. The Hauraki Rail Trail and Waikato River Trails have announced that their entire networks are closed to all users, while some trails have closed certain sections or have trail-specific restrictions in place. It's possible that other cycle trails may close in the coming weeks. Check the table below for more details on the status of individual trails, and visit the official trail websites. We will also keep this page updated with the latest news.

Be calm, be kind. Be responsible and show the community you care. Kia kaha (stand strong) – united we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 and get back to riding all of our beautiful trails. 

More information can be found on individual trail websites and Facebook pages. Links to official trail websites are provided on our Great Ride pages, which you can find here.


The current status of the 22 Great Rides is given in the table below; we will keep you updated with any changes as they become available.

Trail Status Comments
Twin Coast Cycle Trail Open Check here for updates.
Hauraki Rail Trail Closed The entire trail network is closed to all users. Check here for updates.
Waikato River Trails Closed The entire trail network is closed to all users. Check here for updates.
Motu Trails Open with restrictions The Pā kihi Track is closed to all users. Please check here for more information and updates.
Te Ara Ahi Open Check here for updates.
Hawke’s Bay Trails Open with restrictions Check here for updates.
Great Lake Trail Open Check here for updates.
Timber Trail Closed

All DOC tracks and trail services are closed.

We strongly urge all riders and walkers to stay safe at home and not use this wilderness trail. Check here for more information and updates.
Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail Closed

All DOC tracks and trail services are closed.

We strongly urge all riders and walkers to stay safe at home and not use this wilderness trail. Check here for more information and updates.

Remutaka Cycle Trail Open with restrictions

The Summit to Cross Creek and South Coast section of this trail are closed to all users. The services (incl. toilets) are closed on other sections.

Check here for more information and updates.

Queen Charlotte Track Open with restrictions

All DOC campsites along the trail are closed; facilities will not be maintained during the current Alert Level 4 status.

Check here for more information and updates.

Coppermine Trail Closed

Nelson City Council has closed the Coppermine Trail to all users.

Check here for updates.

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Open with restrictions

The trail remains open except for the Easy Rider section, which is part of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike that is completely closed. The Mapua Ferry (Rabbit Island to Mapua Wharf) is also closed.

Check here for updates.

The Old Ghost Road Closed

This trail is closed to both riders and walkers.

Check here for updates.

West Coast Wilderness Trail Open with restrictions

The trail is open except for the section between Milltown and Kawhaka. The trail should not be used as a transport link into towns.

Check here for more information and updates.

St James Cycle Trail Closed

All DOC tracks and trail services are closed.

This trail is closed to riders and walkers. Check here for updates.

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Open

Check here for updates.

Otago Central Rail Trail Open

Check here for updates.

Roxburgh Gorge Trail Open with restrictions

The trail is open, however the jet boat linking the two sections is not operating; adjacent Flat Top Hill tracks to be avoided. 

Check here for updates.

Clutha Gold Open

Check here for updates.

Queenstown Trail Open with restrictions

The trail network is open, however, with restrictions including riding clockwise only on loop tracks.

Check here for more information and updates.

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Open with restrictions

The remote Mavora Lakes section (Lake Wakatipu to Centre Hill) of this trail should be avoided. The boat services from Queenstown to Walter Peak and Mt Nicolas stations are not operating.

Check here for updates.

 

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