The Great Rides App Just Got Even Better


The Great Rides App Guy (Gary Patterson) has been busy all winter improving this awesome App, the only one to cover all 22 Great Rides, and more! It’s FREE, too, and available to download from the App Store or Play Store.

The updated version includes all the latest trail updates and supporting info, along with bonus trails such as the Heaphy Track, Welcome Rock Trails near Queenstown and Marlborough’s Link Pathway. The App has a staggering 1,500+ pages, thousands of photos and links, hundreds of maps and trail stops – all happily working offline with mobile GPS tracking.

Gary was lucky enough to spot the endangered Takahē recently when mapping the Heaphy Track.

Trail Changes

The App features updated info on many trails including the new Mahinapua section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, and recently completed off-road sections of the Alps 2 Ocean and Remutaka Cycle Trails. Forthcoming updates will include mapping the suspension bridge realignment on the Waikato River Trail, changes around the Queen Charlotte Track’s steep starting section, and extensions to Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and the Hauraki Rail Trail. The Paparoa Track, New Zealand’s new Great Walk (and ride!), will also be added before the track officially opens in September 2019.

Content Improvements

The App’s interface has been improved making it easier to navigate and transition between screens. An additional 150+ pages covering trail businesses and partners help riders find bike hire, shuttles, food and accommodation. Events taking place on the Great Rides, such as the ‘Taniwha’ on the Waikato River Trails, have also been added, with more to come in the next few months.


The App is now an official partner of Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail, with many trail managers helping to continually improve this 100% Kiwi-made App. To hear about some of Gary’s experiences collecting data along the trails pick up a copy of NZ Today or RV Travel Lifestyle which feature monthly articles about his adventures.

#PedalOn people!

The new Mahinapua section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail is covered by the latest version of the App.


Download the Great Rides App to get the most out of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.