Find Your Ride

Showcasing some of New Zealand’s most amazing landscapes, our 22 Great Rides are also an exciting and environmentally sustainable way to reach must-see sights and activities.

Find connecting Heartland Rides

Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 75%

Easy: 20%

Intermediate: 5%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Northland
Clock Black 87km / 2 days
Star Black bicultural heritage / varied scenery / warm hospitality
09 TWIN COAST

Stretching between the Bay of Islands and Hokianga Harbour, Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail reveals pretty coastal and inland scenery, and the stories of how Aotearoa New Zealand came to be.

Hauraki Rail Trail

Grade

Easiest: 98%

Easy: 2%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Waikato
Clock Black 160km / 1–4 days
Star Black Shorebird Coast / Karangahake Gorge / rural country & towns
02 HAURAKI RAIL

This cruisy ride around the coast and through countryside offers close encounters with rare birds, rural life, and a bushy gorge full of gold mining history.

Waikato River Trails

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 46%

Advanced: 54%

Location Black Waikato
Clock Black 103km / 1–4 days
Star Black river & lake scenery / elegant hydro dams / forest & wetlands
10 WAIKATO RIVER

Cycle alongside New Zealand’s longest river to survey ever-changing scenery and a series of landmarks including striking hyrdo dams, pretty suspension bridges and volcanic rockforms.

Motu Trails

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 12%

Intermediate: 71%

Advanced: 17%

Location Black Eastland / Bay of Plenty
Clock Black 121km / 1–3 days
Star Black beaches / forest & hill country / Māori & European history
04 MOTU

Rolling along Pacific Coast sand dunes, and into remote valleys and forest, these diverse trails explore a quiet corner of the Bay of Plenty and Eastland.

Te Ara Ahi

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 90%

Intermediate: 10%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Rotorua
Clock Black 47km / 1–2 days
Star Black geothermal wonders / lake & mountain views / Māori culture
07 TA ARA AHI THERMAL

Visit Māori cultural sites, hot springs and geothermal wonderlands on this leisurely pathway between downtown Rotorua and its world-famous volcanic attractions.

Hawke's Bay Trails

Grade

Easiest: 70%

Easy: 20%

Intermediate: 10%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Hawke's Bay
Clock Black 200km / 1–4 days
Star Black coast & countryside / food & wine / architecture
03 HAWKES BAY

Explore Hawke’s Bay’s landscapes and attractions on easy day rides around Napier and Hastings and throughout the Herataunga Plains.

Great Lake Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 100%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Central North Island
Clock Black 71km / 1–3 days
Star Black waterfalls & forest / epic lake views / flowing singletrack
01 GREAT LAKE

Explore the remote forested shores, valleys and headlands along the edge of Lake Taupō, with massive views across to the peaks of Tongariro National Park.

Timber Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 64%

Intermediate: 36%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Central North Island
Clock Black 85km / 2 days
Star Black ancient forest / suspension bridges / fascinating history
08 TIMBER

Cycle amidst mighty trees on a trail that also boasts rare birdlife, lofty suspension bridges and intriguing timber-milling relics.

Mountains to Sea

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 82%

Intermediate: 18%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Ruapehu and Whanganui
Clock Black 231km / 1–6 days
Star Black volcanic mountains / remote river valleys / wild ocean
05 MOUNTAINS TO SEA

Tongariro National Park’s volcanoes and magical Whanganui River wilderness are just two compelling reasons to ride this truly epic trail.

Remutaka Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 15%

Easy: 27%

Intermediate: 42%

Advanced: 16%

Location Black Wellington/Wairarapa
Clock Black 115km / 2–3 days
Star Black historic rail trail / varied scenery / wine country
06 REMUKATA

Explore Wellington and the Wairarapa’s wild side on this ride over the Remutaka Ranges and around the rugged Pacific coast.

Queen Charlotte Track

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 67%

Advanced: 33%

Location Black Marlborough
Clock Black 70km / 2–3 days
Star Black Sounds views / coastal forest / waterside resorts
17 QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK

A New Zealand classic, this track traces bays, hills and ridges for ever-changing vistas of the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.

Dun Mountain

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 75%

Advanced: 25%

Location Black Nelson/Tasman
Clock Black 43km / 1 day (4–6 hours)
Star Black epic panoramas / alpine tops / awesome downhill
14 DUN MOUNTAIN

Head up into the hills behind Nelson city for a grand tour of forested valleys, rocky mountaintops and a meandering riverside trail.

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 60%

Intermediate: 40%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Nelson/Tasman
Clock Black 174km / 1–4 days
Star Black coastal & rural scenery / food, wine & art / seaside vibe
21 TASMANS GREAT TASTE

Enjoy a leisurely tour along sparkling coastline and through picturesque countryside dotted with galleries, vineyards and restaurants.

The Old Ghost Road

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 100%

Location Black West Coast
Clock Black 85km / 2–4 days
Star Black mountain views / wild valleys / riveting history
15 OLD GHOST ROAD

Fit, intrepid riders need look no further for New Zealand’s ultimate wilderness adventure – 85 kilometres of epic singletrack snaking through remote valleys and over a spectacular mountain range.

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 100%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black West Coast
Clock Black 133km / 4–5 days
Star Black ocean, rainforest & lakes / mountain views / rich heritage
22 WEST COAST WILDERNESS

Explore the wild West Coast on a heritage trail amidst rainforest, pristine rivers, tranquil lakes and rugged beaches – all flanked by the stunning panoramas of the mighty Southern Alps.

St James Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 11%

Intermediate: 64%

Advanced: 25%

Location Black Canterbury
Clock Black 59km / 1–2 days
Star Black alpine views / wild rivers & hidden lakes / farming heritage
20 ST JAMES

This challenging trail takes riders through the remote St James Conservation Area with its soaring peaks, broad river valleys, and captivating farming heritage.

Alps 2 Ocean

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 47%

Intermediate: 53%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black McKenzie Country and Costal Otago
Clock Black 306km / 1–6 days
Star Black Southern Alps vistas / surreal blue lakes / country towns
11 ALPS 2 OCEAN

New Zealand’s longest cycle trail serves up epic vistas on its way from the foot of the Southern Alps all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Otago Central Rail Trail

Grade

Easiest: 100%

Easy: 0%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 152km / 1–5 days
Star Black epic landscapes / pioneer history / easy riding
16 OTAGO CENTRAL RAIL

A New Zealand’s original Great Ride follows an old railway line through beautiful, big-sky country with the bonus of legendary hospitality.

Roxburgh Gorge Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 90%

Intermediate: 10%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 21km / 1 Day
Star Black spectacular geology / gold rush heritage / jet boat tour
19 ROXBURGH GORGE

Following the mighty Clutha Mata-au River through a hidden gorge, this trail reveals pioneer stories and an otherworldly landscape of incredible natural beauty.

Clutha Gold Trail

Grade

Easiest: 50%

Easy: 50%

Intermediate: 0%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 73km / 2 Days
Star Black Clutha River / gold mining heritage / country towns
13 CLUTHA GOLD

Stretching between the pretty rural towns of Roxburgh and Lawrence, the Clutha Gold Trail winds through the changing landscapes and colourful history of the mighty Clutha Mata-au River.

The Queenstown Trail

Grade

Easiest: 0%

Easy: 70%

Intermediate: 20%

Advanced: 10%

Location Black Otago
Clock Black 120km / 1–4 days
Star Black alpine grandeur / wineries & cafes / pioneer history
18 QUEENSTOWN

Offering everything from easy lakeside jaunts to all-day adventures around the Wakatipu Basin, the Queenstown Trail serves up sublime scenery while linking many of the region's famous attractions.

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Grade

Easiest: 55%

Easy: 30%

Intermediate: 15%

Advanced: 0%

Location Black Southland and Otago
Clock Black 186km / 3–5 days
Star Black lake & mountain vistas / country towns / scenic cruise
12 AROUND THE MOUNTAINS

Immerse yourself in mountain and lake scenery on this journey through secluded valleys, rustic farmland and charming Southland country towns.