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NEW: Twin Trails Tour. Ride the Alps 2 Ocean and the Central Otago Rail Trail
Experience the diverse and dramatic landscape of the South Island on our brand new Twin Trails tour. Read on >>

Wild Riding on the West Coast Wilderness Trail
Dramatic scenery and an equally dramatic past – they don’t call it the wild West Coast for nothing! Discover this region’s enthralling history on the West Coast Wilderness Trail – a 140km graded trail through dense rainforests, glacial rivers, lakes and wetlands. Read more >>

From High Peaks To The Pacific: The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
Running from Aoraki/Mount Cook to the cool little coastal town of Oamaru, the Alps 2 Ocean is the longest continuous ride in New Zealand and serves up a dazzling array of scenery; from sweeping mountain vistas to beautiful blue lakes and golden grasslands. Read on >>

Temptation Abounds on the Great Taste Trail
When is a cycle tour also an exercise in eating and drinking? When you’re sipping and savouring your way around the Great Taste Trail! Read on >>

It’s Full Steam Ahead on the Otago Rail Trail
Andy recently led a tour along the Rail Trail. Read the group’s experiences here…Read on >>

The West Coast Wilderness Trail
136km of spectacular riding amongst dense rainforest, glacial rivers and historic, gold rush towns…Read on >>

The St James
The ultimate MTB adventure, deep in the southern wilderness. Read on >>

The Timber Trail
An 85km adventure running from Pureora to Ongarue (and vice-versa) in the North Island. Read on >>

Must-See New Zealand

The Deep South Is Calling!
Looking to experience the remoter side of New Zealand? Read on >>

Hidden Gems: The Motu Trails
Three different trails, suitable for a variety of riding abilities. Read on >>

Backcountry Riding Inspiration: Old Ghost Road + Heaphy Track
Want a taste of backcountry riding in New Zealand? Then check out this short film. Read on >>

So Many Ways To Cycle Banks Peninsula
Sitting just to the south of Christchurch and overflowing with beautiful bays and picturesque villages, Banks Peninsula is well worth a detour from the city. Read on >>

Cycle The City: Wellington
From easy-going city cruising to hilly, bush-clad landscapes and coastal trails, Wellington offers plenty of cycling opportunities. Read on >>

Cycle The City: Auckland
Auckland’s busyness might not, at first glance, seem conducive to cycling, but look a little deeper and this buzzing metropolis can easily be explored by bike. Read on >>

5 Of The Best Cycle Rides In Christchurch
Cycling is the perfect way to see the city sights. In our new series, we’re delving into the bike paths and trails of our biggest cities. First up: Christchurch. Read on >>

3 Off The Beaten Track Rides For 2019
Determined to live your best life in 2019? It all starts with adventure…Read on >>

Discover How The Kaikoura Earthquake Changed The Landscape Forever
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the upper South Island in November 2016 created enormous amounts of damage and upheaval, but when the dust settled some intriguing new features remained. Read on >>

Handy Tools to Make Planning your NZ Cycle Trip Easier
Here are a few handy reference tools to help make plotting your New Zealand adventure easier. Read on >>

Start 2019 With A Cycling Adventure Of A Lifetime
Fancy starting the year with a cycling adventure in New Zealand? Read on >>

Whet Your Appetite For Cycle Touring On The Great Taste Trail
Allow us to introduce the Nelson Great Taste Trail Tour – a 6 day meander through the beautiful surroundings of the upper South Island. Read on >>

Short But Sweet: 5 Unmissable NZ Day Rides
Five routes that’ll stretch your legs without raising too much of a sweat. Read on >>

At A Glance: New Tours For Summer 18/19
Got a hankering to explore New Zealand this summer? We’ve introduced some new tours to our lineup for summer 2018/19. Read on >>

5 Charming Central Otago Towns Best Explored On Two Wheels
The rolling landscapes of Central Otago are home to a succession of tiny, gold rush towns where beautiful old buildings hint at a fascinating past. Read on >>

New: Triple Trails Tour. Ride 3 of the South Island’s Most Famous Trails
Struggling to decide on a South Island cycle trail? Then check out this new, 14 day tour which takes in not one, but three of the South Island’s most famous trails. Read on >>

New for Summer: 9 Day Northland Cycle Tour
White sandy beaches, secluded harbours and sub-tropical forests – this new, 9 day cycle tour offers sublime scenery at every turn. Read on >>

A Coast to Coast Experience 30 Years in the Making
When Kenneth Short crossed the finish line at this year’s Coast to Coast, it marked the fulfilment of a 30-year goal. Read on >>

Here’s How To Tackle the Alps 2 Ocean In Its Entirety
An epic cycling adventure that allows you to experience the full 320km of the Alps 2 Ocean trail. Read on >>

A Roundup of New Zealand’s Most Iconic Multisport and Bike Events
In the mood for a new challenge? Here’s a roundup of some of New Zealand’s most iconic events. Read on >>

Family-Sized Portions Of Fun To Be Found On The Great Taste Trail
Steve, Cecileah and the kids sample the many delights of the Great Taste Trail. Read on >>

Introducing The Paparoa Track, The West Coast’s Newest MTB Experience
The West Coast of the South Island is fast becoming a must-do mountain biking destination and they’ll be one more reason to visit come 2019, with the completion of the Paparoa Track. Read on >>

Experience The Thrills And Spills Of Track Cycling at Cambridge’s Avantidrome
If the Commonwealth Games has inspired you to go faster, head for Cambridge’s Avantidrome. Read on >>

Three Places In New Zealand To Spot Penguins
Love to catch a glimpse of a penguin during your trip to New Zealand? Then put the following three places on your itinerary. Read on >>

Ancient Forests Await On The Timber Trail
Discover the timber heritage of Pureora Forest Park, home to the Timber Trail. Read on >>

Guided Riding on the Otago Rail Trail and Clutha Gold Trail
Looking for a gentle introduction to bike touring? Then check out our newest tour offering: the 5 Day Otago and Clutha Cycle Trails. Read on >>

An Introduction To Bikepacking In New Zealand
New Zealand’s varied terrain lends itself well to bikepacking – essentially multi-day mountain biking with an emphasis on travelling light. Read on >>

From Tip To Toe: Meet The Guys Riding The Length Of New Zealand For Charity
It’s 2270 kilometres from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, and British riders Chris I’Anson and Chris Brown are planning to ride every single one of them over the next few weeks. Read on >>

Raise A Glass To New Zealand’s Best Bike-Friendly Wine Routes
Here’s a selection of cycle routes that swing by some of the best cellar doors in the country. Read on >>

Cycle Touring On The Banks Peninsula: Gruelling Uphills Studded With Scenery
Stunning coastal views, quiet backroads, and plenty of big hills – Christchurch’s Banks Peninsula isn’t just a picturesque cycle destination, it’s a challenging one, too. Read on >>

Three Most Scenic Roads In New Zealand
Wondering which of New Zealand’s many scenic roads to bike or drive? Here are our three top picks. Read on >>

Time to Start Planning Your Summer Cycle Tour of New Zealand?
The long, light-filled days of summer are coming! If you’re dreaming about a New Zealand odyssey (and maybe escaping a northern hemisphere winter), now’s the perfect time to start planning. Read on >>

Three Places to Spy The Famously Cheeky New Zealand Kea
The smart, playful and frequently fiendish alpine parrot is a popular sighting amongst the mountains of the South Island…despite their destructive tendencies. Read on >>

Cycling the Rainbow Road – a True, Backcountry Cycling Experience
Meet Caroline and Jenny Whittaker. This mother and daughter pair biked from Christchurch to Picton back in February, along a route that included the Rainbow Road, and the coast road from Blenheim to Picton. Read on >>

5 Highlights of the 15 Day Christchurch to Christchurch Tour
If you’re looking for an in-depth New Zealand cycle experience, put our 15 day Christchurch to Christchurch road tour on your bucket-list. Read on >>

Discover What Lives Below in Kaikōura
If you want to glimpse a true giant of the deep, put Kaikōura on your to-do list. Read on >>

Christchurch to Auckland By Bike: Sequoia Schmidt’s Solo Cycle Tour of New Zealand
Back in April, Sequoia Schmidt embarked on a multi-day cycle tour across New Zealand to promote her recently-released book Journey of the Heart: A Sojourn to K2. Read on >>

Great South Island Day Rides: Dun Mountain Trail
Looking for a decent leg workout? Then put Nelson’s Dun Mountain Trail on your to-do list. Read on >>

Craft Beers By Bike: Where To Go To Sample NZ’s Best Brews
If you appreciate a hoppy brew after a few hours in the saddle, here are a few places to head for. Read on >>

Great North Island Day Rides: Ohakune’s Old Coach Road
Featuring volcanoes, viaducts and spectacular views, Ohakune’s Old Coach Road is a fascinating half-day or full-day adventure on the fringes of Tongariro National Park. Read on >>

Catch the Autumn Colours in Queenstown
Few places in New Zealand experience autumn colours like the Southern Lakes region – Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Wanaka. Read on >>

5 Reasons To Visit The Catlins
Nestled between Dunedin and Invercargill at the very bottom of the South Island, the Catlins is a remote and beautiful region, filled with forests, bays and scenic reserves. Read on >>

Discover The Bike Station Nelson
Heading to Nelson? Don’t miss this bike shop with a difference. Read on >>

Top Ten Highlights of the Twin Trails Tour (Alps 2 Ocean Trail + Otago Rail Trail)
Incorporating two of New Zealand’s best trails, the Alps 2 Ocean and Otago Rail Trail, our new Twin Trails Tour provides a stunning snapshot of some of the South Island’s most magical scenery, history and culture. Here are ten of the highlights… Read on>>

Three Under-the-Radar NZ MTB Parks
Discover three, less well-known spots worth checking out. Read on>>

Five Beginner-Friendly Cycle Tours
You’ve decided 2017 is the year you tackle your first cycle tour. Now you’ve just got to decide which one. To give you a hand, here are five, guided bike tours that are suitable for newbie riders. Read on >>

An Overnight Stay That’s Sure To Float Your Boat: Cycling Milford Sound
Want to linger in the famous waters of Milford Sound? Then take a look at our five day Milford Sound Cycle Tour. Read on>>

Christmas in New Zealand
Christmas in New Zealand is less about snow and roaring fires and more about beach, barbeques and summer holidays. Never experienced a southern hemisphere Christmas before? Here’s what to expect. Read on >>

New Zealand’s Must-See Mountains
New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most stunning peaks. Some offer serious climbing and mountaineering opportunities, while others have played leading roles in Hollywood blockbusters. Read on >>

Biking the West Coast – Where Two Wheels Rule
With road, trail and mountain bike opportunities, the west coast of the South Island is a biker’s dream come true. Read on >>

Rent a Campervan for a Room With a View
Five campsites where panoramic views and complete peace and quiet come as standard. Read on >>

Experience the Coolest Little Capital in the World
If you’re looking for fantastic riding coupled with all the spoils of the city, look no further than Wellington. Read on>>

Spend a Night in a Castle Dripping with Drama
Perched on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is the final overnight stop on our 7-Day Queenstown to Dunedin road tour. Read on>>

Go Somewhere New Next Year: Three Guided Cycle Tours For Summer 2017
Here are three, guided tours running throughout summer 2017 that are guaranteed to fill your memory banks to the brim. Read on>>

Ride at Your Own Pace: Christchurch to Queenstown Self-Guided Cycle Tour
Our most popular self-guided tour. Read on >>

Hop Aboard the TranzAlpine: One of the World’s Great Rail Journeys
A trip aboard the scenic TranzAlpine is a feature of several of our all-inclusive cycle tours. Read on >>

Discover a Dram of New Zealand’s Past in Oamaru
Tucked away in a colonial warehouse in Oamaru’s historic precinct, sits a cellar door with a unique – and tasty – history. Read on >>

Test Yourself at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Thousands of cyclists flock to Taupo each year for New Zealand’s biggest cycle event: the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Will you be one of them? Read on >>

Alps 2 Ocean: One of the World’s Most Epic Rides
The 301km trail has just has earned a place in Lonely Planet’s newest publication Epic Bike Rides of the World. Read on >>

Sandra & Hendrike’s 5000km NZ Odyssey
German travellers Sandra Wehl and Hendrike Neh spent eight months cycling around New Zealand. Read about their adventures>>

The South Australian Recreational Cycling Club’s Top Three Rides of the North Island
Which rides did SARCC rate highly? Read on to find out>>

Is This The Year You Take On The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge? (Plus Win FREE Bike Hire)
Fancy gaining some bragging rights at the office, club or dinner table? Then mark 26 November 2016 in your diary and get training for New Zealand’s premier cycling event: the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Read on>>

Saddle Up for a Spectacular High Country Experience: Cycling Molesworth Station
Molesworth Station is only open to the public for a limited period every summer. It’s a not-to-be-missed chance to experience the wide open spaces, remote beauty and remarkable history of a true high country station. Read on>>

US Travellers Blown Away by Kiwi Kindness
What makes a trip to New Zealand so special? For US travellers Lucas and Lisa Barber it’s our Kiwi kindness. Read on>>

Why Cycling in Christchurch is Set to Get Even Better
Christchurch offers a huge variety of cycling terrain – and it’s set to get even better with the construction of a new $20 million, 358-hectare mountain bike park. Read on >>

Where to Stay When You’re Cycle Touring Around New Zealand
A quick guide to the different accommodation options available to you when you’re cycle touring around New Zealand. Read on >>

Three Intrepid Tales From The Road
Three inspiring cycling tales. Read on >>

Take A Torch When You Explore These NZ Cycle Trail Tunnels
Spooky tunnels and famous underground routes. Read on >>

Jet Boat Spins on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Experience the history and landscape of the mighty Clutha on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. Read on >>

We’re the World’s Best Country (Again)
New Zealand has just been awarded the title of world’s best country for the fourth consecutive year, according to readers of The Telegraph. Read on >>

Road Cycling NZ: Four Great NZ Road Rides
Here’s four, classic road rides to add to your bucket list. Read on >>

Hop on Your Bike And Explore The Hawke’s Bay Trails
A massive network of cycle trails that connects all the must-see sights of the area. Read on >>

Everything You Need to Know About Riding The New Zealand Cycle Trail
We answer your most-asked questions about the New Zealand Cycle Trail. Read on >>

The Toughest New Zealand Cycle Trails
Cast your eye over the following New Zealand cycle trails, designed to test your skills and fitness to the max. Read on >>

And the Nominees for the Best New Zealand Bike Trails Are…
This week we’re rolling out the green carpet to celebrate the best of New Zealand biking. Read on >>

Be Awed By Mother Nature’s Might While Riding the Rotorua Cycle Trails
Steaming mud pools, 20m high geysers, bubbling lakes ….and an insane amount of biking goodness. Read on >>

The Best New Zealand Great Rides For The Family
Discover which rides offer relaxed, easy riding through stunning natural environments. Read on >>

Five Reasons to Visit Lake Taupo
The lake is undeniably Taupo’s biggest drawcard – and at 616 square kilometres it’s also New Zealand’s biggest lake by surface area – but there are plenty of other reasons to visit, too. Read on >>

Winter Cycle Touring in New Zealand
Think cycle touring is just for the summer? Think again. Read on >>

Now Open: The Old Ghost Trail
The latest addition to the New Zealand Cycle Trail was fully opened for business just before Christmas. Read on >>

Five Wacky New Zealand Attractions
If you find yourself cycling past any of the following spots, pull over and take a look. Read on >>

The Best Summer Cycling New Zealand
Ahhh, summer in New Zealand. Long, lazy days at the beach. Wall-to-wall sunshine, ocean dips and leisurely picnic lunches. And of course, the perfect conditions for jumping on your bike! Read on >>

Gift Yourself a New Zealand Adventure This Christmas
Put one of these New Zealand adventures in your stocking for 2016. Read on >>

Cycling the Banks Peninsula
Crammed end-to-end with breathtaking views over bays and beaches, quiet roads and a huge variety of riding possibilities, the Banks Peninsula is a little-known cycling gem, right on the doorstep of Christchurch. Read on >>

Adventure Awaits in the Abel Tasman
With its clear blue waters and golden beaches there’s a hint of the Carribean about the Abel Tasman National Park. Read on >>

Self-Guided Catlins Cycle Tour: Not For The Faint-Hearted
Searching for a tough tour that will test your fitness to the max? This self-guided route is for you. Read on >>

Cycling McCaw Country: Tour The Home Town Of the All Blacks Captain on the Alps 2 Ocean Trail
If you’ve been gripped by this year’s Rugby World Cup and want to dig deeper into the McCaw legend don’t miss our six-day guided Alps 2 Ocean tour – it runs right through Richie’s home town of Kurow. Read on >>

Five Reasons to Cycle Tour New Zealand This Summer
Stunning scenery, lifelong memories, improved health and wellbeing. There’s plenty of reasons to cycle tour New Zealand this summer. Read on >>

Central Otago Rail Trail Tours
Take an all-inclusive guided tour or a completely flexible self-guided tour. Read on >>

New Zealand Wine Tours: Discover Our Most Under-the Radar Vineyards – By Bike
Two cycling tours that uncover the little-known vintages of the Waipara Valley. Read on >>

Three Easy New Zealand Cycle Tours that are Just Perfect for Newbies
Looking for laidback, relaxing cycling with lower daily distances and fewer hills? Read on >>

New! One-Day Cycle Tours Around Christchurch
Our new range of day tours around Christchurch are overflowing with stunning scenery, quiet country roads and delicious food and drink. Which one will you choose? Read on >>

Biking Taranaki: Empty Beaches, Crashing Surf & Quiet Backroads
The lower west coast of the North Island isn’t an area we venture to often. Shame on us – Taranaki (or ‘the Naki’ as it’s affectionately referred to by locals) is a great place for a few days exploration. Read more >>

Wheels and Wine on Waiheke Island
Just a short hop from Auckland by ferry, Waiheke Island is a sweet blend of rolling farmland, beautiful beaches and amazing wine tasting. Not surprising then, that our three-day, self-guided Waiheke Cycle Tour is a popular one. Read on >>

Now Booking: Once-In-A-Lifetime Guided Tours of the Heaphy Track
Seeking a challenging, mountain bike adventure amidst epic scenery? Then come ride the Heaphy Track with us. Read on >>

Get Your Camper Running: A Coromandel Road Trip Itinerary
With its beautiful beaches and fine coastal scenery, the Coromandel Peninsula is the perfect place to head with a campervan. Read on >>

Why a Three-Week Bike Hire Turned into Ten (Despite An Unfortunate Incident on Day Two)
Lotus is from Taiwan and she recently hired a bike from us to cycle around the South Island. Her trip didn’t start well…on her first day she rode down the motorway (illegal in New Zealand) and on her second day her bike blew into a lake! But it got better. So much better that she ended up cycling for over ten weeks! Read on >>

Traditional Kiwi Tucker to Keep you Pedalling for Longer
Food never tastes better than after a few hours in the saddle. Here’s a selection of classic Kiwi fare that’ll help keep your motor running when you’re out on the road. Read on >>

It’s Official: The Kiwi Night Sky Will Leave You Starry Eyed
One thing you must do when in New Zealand is venture outside after dark – our night skies are likely to be clearer and brighter than any you’ve ever seen before. Read on >>

Exploring the Eastern Bay of Plenty and the Motu Trails
Here’s an absolutely fantastic set of rides we haven’t talked about yet: the Motu Trails. They’re located in the quiet, unspoiled Eastern Bay of Plenty and offer three different riding experiences. Read on >>

Cycle Touring NZ: A Photographer’s Perspective
Scandinavian-based photographer Wiebke Schröder pedalled her way around New Zealand with Natural High in 2013. Here she shares her experiences, her favourite spots and her tips for keeping camera gear safe on the road. Read on >>

Cycling ALL of New Zealand
Michael recently posted on our Facebook wall: “I’d like to cycle through ALL of New Zealand. Any suggestions? ;)” Here they are…Read on >>

Christchurch: New Zealand’s Comeback City
Several years on from the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Christchurch is bouncing back. Here’s the inside scoop on what to see and do in this newly-thriving city. Read on >>

Great Walks You Can Bike
Did you know that two of New Zealand’s Great Walks – the Heaphy and the Queen Charlotte Track – can also be tackled by bike? Read on >>

A Jewel in the Crown: Queenstown to Wanaka Road Ride
UK cyclists Dan and Tash have spent the summer traipsing round New Zealand. They’re keen road riders and have sampled several of New Zealand’s classic road routes. Here’s their top pick: Queenstown to Wanaka over the Crown Ranges. Read on >>

Biking in Auckland Just Keeps Getting Better
The city of sails is becoming the city of spokes! With a growing network of trails, boardwalks and dedicated cycle lanes, Auckland is slowly but surely becoming more accessible to cyclists. Here are three scenic (and safe) routes well worth checking out. Read on >>

Your Guide to Cycling Middle-Earth
If you’re a Tolkien fan, a trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the extraordinary landscapes used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. If you’re also an avid cyclist you snag an extra bonus… because many of these locations are best enjoyed from the saddle of your bike. Read on >>

You’d Be Mad to Miss Marlborough
When it comes to fine wine, stunning scenery and fresh-off-the-boat seafood, Marlborough is in a class of its own. Read on >>

Life’s a Beach
You’re never far from the beach in New Zealand. Here’s our pick of the best. Read on >>

Fun Rides For All The Family
Summer’s here, so round up the family, pack a picnic and head out for a day of riding. Read on for ideas >>

The Following Events Are Not For the Faint-Hearted
Looking to challenge yourself in 2015? Then put the following events in your calendar. Read on >>

A Guide to New Zealand Food Festivals
Combine a cycle tour with a food festival for the tastiest experience of your life. Read on >>

Top Five MTB Spots Around Auckland
If you’re into the rough stuff, you’ll find five, thrill-packed mountain bike parks within a hours’ drive of the city. Read on >>

Milford Sound: Spilling Over With Superlatives
There’s a rare, magical quality to Fiordland. Experience its splendour for yourself on our 5-day Milford Sound guided cycle tour. Read on >>

Meet the Locals
Wherever you go in New Zealand, there’s a good chance you’ll bump into some fairly colourful characters (Andy included). Here’s a short introduction to some of our country’s wildest encounters….Read on >>

Unmissable New Zealand Bike Rides
Our must-do rides around New Zealand. Read on >>

Brand New: Wellington to Greytown 5 Day Guided Tour
Right on the doorstep of Wellington – the coolest little capital in the world – is the Wairarapa, a region of rugged coastline, beautiful bush, interesting townships and vineyards aplenty. We’ve just put together a new, guided tour of the area…here’s what awaits. Read on >>

Mighty Riding Along the Mighty Waikato River Trails
If you’re a MTB enthusiast, don’t skip right through the Waikato. Read on >>

West Coast Wanderings
The West Coast of the South Island was made for cycle touring. Here’s an insight into one of our most popular self-guided South Island tours: the 8 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Road Tour. Read on>>

On the Road from Auckland to Taupo
Want to experience some of the North Island’s most intriguing features in one hit? We’ve got just the thing. Read on >>

(Tequila) Training in Lees Valley
A 110km endurance loop ride of Lees Valley, a remote and picturesque area 30km north west of Christchurch. Wondering what that has to do with tequila? All will be revealed… Read on >>

Ride the Little River Railtrail
A combined walking and cycling track running from the edge of Christchurch city out into the beautiful, rural landscape of the Canterbury region. Read on >>

Timeout In Taupo
Logan takes a little weekend away to the central North Island for a spot of ‘mountain bike therapy.’ Here’s the lowdown… Read on >>

Sensational side trips from Auckland #2: Hunua Ranges
You don’t have to travel far from the city to find yourself in the wop-wops…Read on >>

Easy Riding on the Hauraki Rail Rail
Three, relaxed day rides from Thames to Paeroa, Paeroa to Waikino and Paeroa to Te Aroha. Read on >>

We’re loving the new Runway MTB Park
What’s in store at Auckland Airport’s Runway MTB Park. Read on >>

Go Big or Go Home
An epic boy’s weekend in the Hakatere Conservation Park. Read on >>

Kiwi Bird Spotting on Stewart Island
One of the highlights of our 8-day guided cycle tour from Queenstown to Dunedin. Read on >>

New Zealand’s Best Hot Pool…Revealed
Andy spills the beans on his favourite hot pool in New Zealand. Read on >>

Bike Maintenance

Extend the Life Expectancy of Your Bike with this Quick and Easy Bike Service
An in-depth bike service that we recommend carrying out about once a month. Read on >>

Bike Servicing Tips: Six Things to Check Before You Head Out On a Ride
A quick checklist to run through before you hit the road or tracks. Read on >>

Your Bike Will Appreciate These Servicing Tips
You love your bike, right? So, show it some love! Easy maintenance tips. Read on >>

Thread Locker Basics >>

Cassette Removal >>

Gear Reviews

The New Carbon Roubaix Has Landed (Special Deals On Hire)
The 2016 model of this superb road bike has just landed in our Auckland branch, and to celebrate we’ve got a few special deals lined up for you. Read on>>

Bikepacking Bags Put to the Test
Liam’s a huge fan of Revelate frame bags. Here’s why. Read on >>

2014 Specialized Camber 29
Logan puts the Camber through its paces. Read on >>

Specialized Rockhopper
Wendy Laugesen reviews the Specialized Rockhopper. Read on >>

Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 29er 2014
Logan puts the Hardrock 29er through its paces. Read on >>

The Biking Life

Check Out The Latest Additions To Our Hire Fleet
New additions for summer 2017/18! Read on >>

Your Questions About Guided Cycle Touring Answered
Wondering whether to clip-in and join us this season? We’ve got answers! Read on >>

Fancy Your Very Own Personal Tour Guide?
Let Andy help you build your very own, custom tour. Read on >>

Cycle Touring NZ: When To Go
It’s the million-dollar question – when’s the best time of year to cycle tour around New Zealand (and not get hit by gale-force winds and bucketing-down rain?) Read on >>

Cycle Touring NZ: Bring Your Own Bike or Buy/Hire Here?
Is it best to bring your own bike or buy/hire when you arrive? Read on >>

What You Need to Know About Night Riding
When the days are short and you work full-time, night riding is often the only way to get your full cycle fix for the week. Both Logan and Dan love getting out on their bikes at night. Read on >>

A Quick-Fire Guide to Cycling (and Kiwi) Lingo
Want to sound like a cycling pro, as opposed to a Fred and Doris? (See below!) Then it’s time to brush up on your cycle slang. Read on >>

Are You FIT to Cycle Tour?
A common question we get asked by our clients is “how fit do I need to be to go cycling touring?” Honest answer? The fitter you are the more enjoyable the experience will be. Read on>>

New to Cycle Touring? Start Here
A selection of routes to make planning that first foray easier. Read on >>

We’re Gearing Up for the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge…Are You?
This year’s event takes place on Saturday 29 November…which means you’ve got plenty of time to get into training. Read on >>

Pedal the Plateau
A 345km circumnavigation of the Central Plateau, taking place 22-28 March 2015. Read on >>

How to Avoid a Spoke in Your Wheel
At the risk of sounding like your mother, here are a few ways to keep you and your bike safe while cycling around New Zealand… Read on >>

What You Need To Know About Freedom Camping in New Zealand
If you’re thinking of touring New Zealand by campervan, you’ve likely considered freedom camping. But be aware…new laws surrounding freedom camping were introduced in New Zealand in 2011. Find out more >>

The Ups (and Downs) of Family Cycling Holidays
Andy takes the kids on their first family cycling holiday. Read on >>

Top Ten Bicycle Touring Tips for Hassle-Free Cycle Adventures in NZ
Things you need to know before you saddle up and hit the road. Read on >>

The Freewheeling Adventures of Bert and Doug
Way back in the 1980′s, Natural High’s intrepid leader Andy had his first introduction to cycle touring, thanks to an adventurous pair of Americans called Bert and Doug… Read on >>

Small Town New Zealand

Small Town New Zealand: Kaikoura
Sitting in a beautiful bay and backed by the steeply rising slopes of the Seaward Kaikoura range, Kaikoura is best known for its astonishing array of marine life. Read on >>

Small Town New Zealand: Queenstown
Whether you’re visiting in the depths of winter or at the height of summer, buzzing Queenstown has plenty to entertain you. Read on >>

Perched on the very easterly edge of the North Island, Gisborne is popular with surfers, beach lovers and anyone looking for a few days complete peace and quiet. It’s got some interesting cycling opportunities too. Read on >>

More laid-back than neighbouring Queenstown, Wanaka sits on the southern edge of glistening Lake Wanaka. With hiking, biking, skiing, boarding and rock climbing opportunities galore, it’s a bit of an adventurer’s paradise. Read on >>

Golden rays beam down on the little city of Nelson, located at the top of the South Island. Read on >>

Te Anau
Located in wild, remote Fiordland, in the south-west corner of the South Island, Te Anau is often skipped through by travellers en route to the dramatic splendour of Milford Sound. But this little town, known as the wilderness capital of New Zealand, is well worth a linger. Read on >>

With its tree-lined streets and beautifully-restored Victorian buildings, Greytown is often considered one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand. Read on >>

Hanmer Springs
An alpine hamlet nestled deep in the heart of the South Island. Read on >>

The perfect side trip from the big smoke. Read on >>

A buzzing little community surrounded by dramatic coastline and stunning mountain scenery. Read on >>

Home to world-class surf, taxing uphill rides and smooth caffeine highs. Read on >>

Natural High Happenings

Changes … And A Few Questions
With the New Zealand border still shut to almost all travellers, we’ve had to make a few changes to our business. Read on >>

We’re Open For Business (Plus Bikes For Sale)
We’re now at Level 2 in New Zealand which means our Auckland and Christchurch branches are open for business (with the necessary safety precautions). Read on >>

Meet Natural High’s Newest Team Member
Meet Natural High’s new Operations Assistant Manager, Kirke Ranson. Read on >>

Take A Look Inside Our Gear Shed
Filled to the rafters with robust tourers, rugged mountain bikes and sleek and speedy road bikes, our Natural High depots are a bicycle lover’s dream! Read on >>

Get The Lowdown On Christchurch’s MTB Scene
We pin down the Lloyd brothers for a quick chat about their biking backgrounds and Christchurch’s MTB scene. Read on >>

Meet Natural High’s New Bike Mechanic
Natural High’s newest team member is mechanic Leon Desgagnes, who hails from Montreal in Quebec. Read on >>

Bush Bashing, Mud and Map-Reading Mishaps: Spring Challenge 2017 Recap
A recap of Cecileah’s Spring Challenge. Read on >>

Stepping Up the Spring Challenge Training in Hanmer Springs
Cecileah spent last weekend in scenic Hanmer Springs training for the fast-upcoming Spring Challenge. Read on >>

Our Newest Team Member Talks Multi-Day Trips & Must-Do Rides
The Natural High team is chock-full of passionate bikers and our newest addition, Claire Glanville, is no exception. Read on >>

35 Days, 9 Cities & 1 Bike: Sequoia Schmidt’s Intrepid NZ Book Tour
Find out about Sequoia’s 35-day cycle tour across New Zealand to promote her recently-released book Journey of the Heart: A Sojourn to K2. Read on >>

Have You Got What It Takes to Enter One of the Gems of New Zealand Adventure Racing?
Spring Challenge is an all-women adventure race that’s been running in the South Island since 2007. Read on >>

Cycle Touring Just Got Easier…E-bike Hire Now Available
If you’ve always wanted to join one of our cycle tours but have been daunted by the daily distances, or worried that you won’t be able to keep up, good news: we now have e-bikes available for hire. Read on >>

Meet a Guy who Lives and Breathes Biking
Meet Adam Townsend, Natural High’s new operations assistant. Read on >>

Jonny’s Take on Whistler + Christchurch Adventure Park Update
Our Christchurch mechanic Jonny, has just returned from Whistler. Here’s his take on the Whistler mountain bike scene. Read on >>

It’s Hello To Steve
An introduction to Natural High’s new owner, Steve Inns. Read on >>

It’s Farewell From Andy
This post marks an end of an era for me: it’s my last ever as Natural High colonel and head spokesperson. Read on >>

Better Jump On Your Bike This February. Here’s Why
Here’s a great excuse to get on your bike this February: it’s Bike Wise Month! Read on >>

Fancy Your Very Own Personal Tour Guide?
Looking for a truly unique cycling experience? Let Andy design you a tour to suit your exact schedule, interests and needs. Read on >>

Flashback to That Time We Took 30 Irish Rugby Fans Cycle Touring During the 2011 Rugby World Cup
One of the most memorable cycle tours we’ve organised was a 10-day tour of the South Island with 30 Irish rugby fans during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The tour was a fundraiser for the IRFU Charitable Trust which raises money for seriously-injured rugby players in Ireland. Read on >>

Where Did We Go For This Year’s Team Management Meeting?
It’s become a bit of a annual tradition: head away with my branch managers for a spot of team building and strategising – from the saddle! Read on >>

6 Days. 800km. 10,377m of Climbing
Andy and the Natural High team are leading the FireFlies very first Down Under tour, to raise money for leukaemia and cancers of the blood research. Read on >>

Turning Up The Training For the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Six weeks to go until Andy and Logan head to Taupo for the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge (held on Saturday 29 November). Read on >>

The Natural High Approach to Management Meetings
Team building in the back country. Read on >>

Jump in the Saddle for Bike Wise Month
A roundup of events that caught our eye. Read on >>

Meet the Summer Team
With the onset of summer, we’ve had to hire more staff to keep everything ticking over… Read on >>

Andy & Logan Survive the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
This year, over 8000 people took up the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge…including Andy and Logan. Read on >>

Liftoff at Auckland Airport’s New MTB Park
It’s the grand opening of the Runway MTB Park…and you’re invited to come along and join in the fun. Read on >>

Are You Up For The Challenge?
Andy and Logan are tackling the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in November. Will you join them? Read on >>

Meet the Team
Who’s who at Natural High HQ. Read on >>

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