Introducing the Heartland Rides

queenstown to wanaka road rideEnjoy cycling scenic backcountry roads? Then you might fancy riding New Zealand’s Heartland Rides. These on-road cycle routes can be found across the country and link the Great Rides and other cycle trails with urban centres, transport hubs and other key tourist attractions. Here are just some of the routes you can take.

Far North Cycleway
Starting out from the famous Cape Reinga lighthouse at the very tip of the North Island, this route follows the sands of Ninety Mile Beach to Ahipara, then heads inland across the countryside to Hokianga Harbour. At Hokianga, you can connect with the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

Queen Charlotte Drive
Winding Queen Charlotte Drive links the towns of Picton and Havelock. The high points of the route provide spectacular views of two sounds – Queen Charlotte and Pelorus. Later in the year, you’ll have another option for cycling the Sounds, with the completion of the Link Pathway (Te Ara Tuhono) –  a dedicated, off-road walking and cycling route connecting Picton, Anakiwa and Havelock. 

Hurunui Trail
This on-road cycle route goes from Leithfield and Amberley through scenic countryside to Kaikōura. It was designed to provide a cycle link between rural communities and ensure a safe and scenic cycle route through the district. It’s also the foundation leg of what will ultimately be a route going all the way from Cathedral Square in Christchurch to the top of the South Island. 

Discover the full lineup of Heartland Rides on the NZ Cycle Trail website. And if you need bike hire (or bike + campervan hire), we’ve got plenty of options.

Have a good week,
Steve