A Second Win for The Otago Central Rail Trail


The Otago Central Rail Trail

Christchurch has been named NZ’s Favourite Place to Ride, taking out the inaugural Top Town Award in the NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition.

The Award was determined by the city or town that received the most nominations across three of the Favourite Places to Ride categories – Urban Ride, Off-Road or Adventure Ride and Community Facility.

The Urban Ride category winner was Taupo’s Great Lake Walkway, followed by Wellington’s ‘Around the Bays’. This category recognises rides around towns and cities including new urban cycleways and shared paths.

The top New Zealand Cycle Trail was taken out by Otago Central Rail Trail for the second year in a row, with close competition from the Old Ghost Road.

Rotorua’s The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest was winner of the Off-Road or Adventure ride for the second year in a row. This category includes off-road trails and mountain bike tracks.

New Zealanders made close to 10,000 nominations for around 1200 different rides across the four categories, showing that it’s not just our world-class cycle trails that are proving popular, but that more of us are utilising urban cycleways and choosing to make every day trips by bike.

Getting more people on bikes is always a great thing. Happy cycling.