How to choose the right bike for your New Zealand cycle adventure
Thinking about hiring a bike but not sure which one to choose? Or, maybe you’re planning on buying a bike…Xmas is coming after all…and you haven’t a clue which type to spring for?
To help you out, we’ve put together a handy guide to some our most popular NZ cycling adventures and the bikes that suit them best.
Adventure #1: Cycle Touring
Long hours in the saddle demand a reliable, robust and comfortable bike. You’ve got two options: a touring bike or a hybrid bike.
What’s the difference?
Touring bikes are specifically designed to handle heavy loads and long distances. If you’re thinking of heading off on a self-guided cycle tour with panniers, a touring bike is likely to be your best option.
Hybrid bikes can handle a variety of terrain, from smooth road surfaces to gravel roads and non-technical trails. Typically lighter than a mountain bike but studier than a road bike, a hybrid rental could be a good fit for a guided cycle tour. (Our guided tours include luggage transfer, meaning you’ll be travelling without a load).
Our top pick for touring:
The Cannondale Touring T2: A proven and reliable trek bike. Front and rear racks mean you can carry lots of gear and still cover ground fast.
Adventure #2: On-Road Day Trip
Maybe you’re not quite ready to tackle a multi-day cycle tour, but you’d like to hire a bike for shorter trips or to help you explore the city? A lightweight, hybrid bike is a great option for these type of journeys.
Our top pick for day tripping in style:
The Trek 7300 Hybrid Bike: Tough, efficient and comfortable. Big wheels, an upright riding stance and plush seats means you’ll be rollin’ in style.
Adventure #3: New Zealand Cycle Trails
Nga Haerenga /The New Zealand Cycle Trail is a network of rides stretching right across the country. Predominantly encompassing off-road terrain, the trails wind through areas of stunning natural beauty and are a fantastic way to explore some of this country’s lesser-known secrets.
The trails vary in ability level, distance and terrain, so the exact route you choose will determine your bike hire. For more rugged trails, we recommend hiring a mountain bike, while some of the easier trails suit a hybrid bike.
Our top pick for riding the trails:
The Specialized Hardrock Sport 29er: A stable and comfy bike. 29ers roll well, accelerate easily and deliver a smooth ride.
Adventure #4: Mountain Biking
New Zealand offers world class mountain biking opportunities. Popular spots include Rotorua, the Ruapehu region, Woodhill Forest in Auckland and Queenstown. Many of the New Zealand Cycle Trails also offer great mountain biking terrain, suitable for a variety of ability levels.
Hardtail mountain bikes offer no rear suspension and are generally lighter. If you’re a beginner or less intense rider, a hardtail could be a good fit.
Full-suspension mountain bikes provide more shock absorption but are usually heavier. They’re ideal for backcountry riding, singletrack, drops and jumps.
Our top pick for New Zealand mountain biking:
The Cannondale Rize Full Suspension Mountain Bike: With dual-suspension and an alloy frame, the 130mm Rize is the best of its class. Innovative engineering details help boost bike performance, while plush suspension delivers a balanced, comfortable ride.
What’s included with Natural High bike hire?
- Fully-serviced bikes for peace of mind on the open road.
- Bike fitting to suit your shape, size and journey – essential for your performance and comfort.
- Lock, multi tool, tyre levers, spare tube and repair kit.
- We can also supply helmet hire (additional cost) or purchase. (It’s compulsory to wear a helmet while cycling in New Zealand).