Raise A Glass To New Zealand’s Best Bike-Friendly Wine Routes

New Zealand’s Best Bike-Friendly Wine RoutesFrom the volcanic, clay-rich soils of Auckland, to the sun-drenched valleys of Nelson and the cooler climes of North Canterbury, New Zealand’s wine growing regions extend right across the country. Here’s a selection of cycle routes that swing by some of the best cellar doors in the country.

Three-day, self-guided Waiheke Island Tour
Just a short hop from Auckland by ferry, Waiheke Island is a beguiling blend of rolling farmland, beautiful beaches, and award-winning vineyards. Tour notes come with a number of recommended cycle rides, ranging from a 50km slog to shorter, easier routes. With over 20 wineries calling Waiheke Island home, you won’t have to pedal far to quench your thirst.
The Wineries Ride, Hawke’s Bay Trails
Cycling expert Jonathan Kennett describes the Hawke’s Bay Trails as ‘the closest you can get to a European cycling holiday in N.Z.’ The 48km Wineries Ride offers smooth and mainly flat riding
through the wine growing areas of Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle, with ample opportunities to sample award-winning vintages along the way.

6 Day Nelson Great Taste Cycle Trail
Meandering through the picturesque Nelson and Tasman region, the Great Taste Trail dishes up relaxed riding, stunning coastal views, and a veritable smorgasbord of cafes, breweries and vineyards. This six day loop also incorporates a half day walk on the famous Abel Tasman track, and a sailing adventure through the Abel Tasman National Park on a catamaran.
Waipara Wine Tour
The Waipara Valley just outside Christchurch is fast establishing itself as one of the premium wine producing regions of New Zealand. This day tour offers relaxed, easy riding along an off-road cycle trail and quiet country roads, with leisurely stops for an antipasto lunch and wine tastings along the way. Pre-bookings essential.

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Hope your first week of 2018 has been a good one!