It’s prime riding weather in New Zealand right now. Here’s where we recommend heading …
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail travels from the beautiful Bay of Islands to the remote and picturesque Hokianga Harbour – or vice versa. A region known for its beautiful beaches and sparkling waters, the trail also provides a fascinating journey through some of New Zealand’s earliest Māori and European settlements.
The Great Taste Trail is the must-do ride in this region. Meandering 175km through the Nelson and Tasman regions, it’s conveniently interspaced with great cafes, wineries and craft breweries. Check out our 6 day Nelson Great Taste Trail tour for a fully guided experience that includes a sail through the Abel Tasman National Park and a half-day walk on the famous Abel Tasman track.
Biking the Queen Charlotte Track is a great way to experience the picturesque coves and beautiful beaches of the Marlborough Sounds. The track stretches 70km from historic Meretoto/Ship Cove through to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm of Queen Charlotte Sound. Allow two to three days to ride the entire track (closed to bikers from 1 December to 28 February each year). Marlborough is also New Zealand’s largest wine growing area, with heaps of vineyards clustered around Blenheim.
Wanaka offers riders over 750km of tracks, from easy cruises along the Hawea or Wanaka lakefronts to tough leg workouts in the form of the Melina Ridge Track or Grandview Range Tracks. If you’re a fan of fast downhills, head to the Cardrona Bike Park where the chairlift makes the uphills a breeze.
Paparoa Track, Greymouth
The Kennett brothers rated the Paparoa Track their top ride in the latest edition of their Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides. Opened last November, the grade four trail crosses the Paparoa Range in the West Coast region. The mid-section, from Moonlight Tops Hut to Pororari Hut, is currently closed due to a slip but is expected to reopen on 1 March 2020. Check the DOC website for updates.
Image: Lake Hawea