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Whakarewarewa Forest Loop

Mountain bikes are expensive pieces of kit, so one of my top tips to protect your investment is to maintain the drive chain after nearly every ride. I wipe the chain, chain rings, and derailleur pulley wheels clean of dirt…

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Whakarewarewa Forest Loop

We've all been there right? When your bike is not performing how you want it to. On the commute to work this is no big deal, on a cycle trail you have planned and traveled for it becomes something else.…

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Whakarewarewa Forest Loop

Plan in advance. Think about all eventualities - weather, first aid, bike repairs, sustenance, at least 2 full drink bottles, mobile phone and go prepared to have fun.

Don’t rush!

Stop and enjoy our magnificent environment.

Take your happy self for…

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Otago Central Rail Trail

We tagged the Roxburgh Gorge and the Clutha Gold Trails onto our Otago Rail Trail trip. Then we cycled from Lawrence out to Milton (about 2 hours) and caught the bus back to Dunedin to make it a round trip.…


Whakarewarewa Forest Loop

The Heaphy track is a definite must do but some people are put off by the logistics. Save yourself some money/time and do a there and back trip. The trail is so good that it's worth doing it twice instead…

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Remutaka Cycle Trail

For me biking is about layers. Cycling can involve conditions that vary quickly - sun/shadow, wind (natural and generated), hills and valleys, uphill/downhill effort. Clothing choices need to be flexible and easily changed. I usually try to wear a merino…


Roxburgh Gorge Trail

Have you been to Roxburgh yet?

They used to run a tourism campaign, 'Don't leave town until you've seen the country'. New Zealand is jam packed with small towns overflowing with character and history. Roxburgh does not disappoint.

We chose spring to…

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Whakarewarewa Forest Loop

The key to a great multi-day cycle trip or any cycle trip is the ‘Bike’. If you have your own, perfect. But if you’re hiring one, do your research as it can be the make or break your enjoyment.

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Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Staying at the Okaihau Rail Stay, in ex-railway carriages, is definitely worth the stopover. They're lovely hosts too!

2nd tip! Take plenty of water on this, the 'boardwalk section' of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, as there aren't many places to…


Queen Charlotte Track

Some of the best parts of the trails are on side tracks or take a bit of effort to get to. But boy, is the extra effort worth it!

Don't miss Eatwells Lookout on the Queen Charlotte Track. Park your…

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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

What an adventure the A2O turned out to be! The scenery was stunning & it was incredible to wake up in the morning and see snow on the Ben Ohau range after a very cold and wet ride the day…

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Remutaka Cycle Trail

My wife Nicki (favourite biking buddy in the photo) and I recently completed riding the trail, starting at Petone and finished at Day’s Bay over 3 days. The highlights for us were the Remutaka Rail Trail section through the stunning…