Network Expansion Project

Expanding the NZCT Network

The initial focus of ‘Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail’ (NZCT) has been on developing a series of ‘Great Rides’. These are predominantly off-road cycle trails that showcase the best of New Zealand’s landscape, environment, culture and heritage.

However, it has always been a longer term objective to expand the NZCT, connecting the Great Rides with the rest of New Zealand through the creation of a nationwide cycling network. This is the NZCT’s Network Expansion Project.

The Network Expansion Project involves mapping and signposting existing roads and cycle paths that contribute to a national cycling network. This aims to encourage cycle tourists (and recreational cyclists) away from busy state highways and arterial routes and on to scenic, quiet back country roads where they will experience heartland New Zealand.

The Network Expansion Project aims to:

  • spread the economic benefits of cycle tourism to more regions throughout New Zealand;
  • provide more cycle friendly alternatives to riding on busy state highways and arterial routes;
  • get more New Zealanders on their bikes, by catering for a wider range of cycling interests and abilities; and
  • further enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a cycle tourism destination.

Join the New Zealand Cycle Trail Network

The NZCT team, based within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will consider proposals from local authorities, cycling advocacy groups and other interested stakeholders around New Zealand for cycle routes to be included in the NZCT network.

View the current network of Cycle Touring Routes

Network Potential Map – February 2015 [PDF 48 KB]