Cycling is huge in New Zealand and cycling enthusiasts come from far and wide to test their endurance and experience both New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and friendly hospitality.
It is amazing the number of cyclists (individuals, duos and groups) that you see in the middle of nowhere on the roads in New Zealand. Surely it is close proximity of the towns that make it such a cycle-friendly country because it couldn’t be the flat terrain!
In saying all this, New Zealand is geared for cyclists. There is a cycling option for all abilities from beginners and families to more experienced and competitive riders. There are tours that you can participate in and/or they make it easy for you to navigate the various routes on your own. There is also a range of accommodation at each of the stops along the way.
Have a look at the Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail, which a newly launched website designed to showcase the very best of cycling in New Zealand. The Lonely Planet Cycling New Zealand guidebook would be a good point of information also.
Central Otago’s Rail Trail
Central Otago’s Rail Trail is one of the more well-known cycle trails, however is used by walkers and orse riders also. The 150km section of old railway route allows cyclists to enjoy the unique Central Otago scenery and experience the South Island’s remoteness and history.