Summer’s here, so round up the family, pack a picnic and head out for a day of riding. Here’s a selection of fun family cycle rides in New Zealand…
Central region: Tongariro River Trail
A popular tourist trail from Turangi that heads south along the banks of the Tongariro River to Red Hut Bridge, where bikers can cross over and return on the opposite side. Easy riding with plenty of picnic spots along the way. 15km loop.
Also in the area: Craters of the Moon. What kid doesn’t like mud? This park just north of Taupo is an active geothermal field – meaning bubbling mud pools and steaming vents are all part of the attraction.
Wellington region: Waikanae River and Estuary Track, Kapiti Coast
Less than an hour’s drive north from the city and a lovely area to escape the hustle and bustle. This trail offers 13.5km easy riding along the Waikanae River – it’s a great place to introduce the kids to trail riding.
Also in the area: Nga Manu Nature Reserve, home to bird feed-outs, eel feeding, bush walks and kiwi birds.
Shipwreck Ride, West Coast Rail Trail, Greymouth
A ride back in time to New Zealand’s gold rush past. This section of the trail runs from Greymouth to Shipwreck Point and then on to Stone Pub (a great lunch option and worth a peek inside to see the vast collection of rugby club ties). Fun things to do along the way include biking the Shipwreck Point Causeway and searching for gold and jade along the beaches.
Also in the area: From Stone Pub you can cycle a little further to Shantytown, a heritage village with gold panning claims and a steam train.
Arrowtown to Queenstown Trail
25km of smooth gravel riding through the Wakatipu Basin. There are a few hills, but this is mainly easy riding. Add an extra 8km to your journey with the addition of the Lake Hayes Circuit – well-known for its calm waters and stunning reflections of The Remarkables mountain range. The trail takes you over the famous Shotover Bridge on your entry into Queenstown.
Also in the area: Skyline Luge is likely to be top of your family’s to-do list!
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