Trail designer and cartographer Gary Patterson cycled all the NZ Cycle Trails over the past six months. He rode and mapped 22 Great Rides to develop the first mobile app for the trails.
The just released free app downloaded as ‘Great Rides’ from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, is a tool that can work offline to plan and guide you along the trails providing helpful insights about places, services and useful links.
We are working on a review of the app and will post our findings in our next blog. Don’t miss it! (Tip: subscribe to our alert. You will receive a message when we place the blog. Handy!).
Do you already have any experience using this app? You can share your findings in the comments section below.
Not an app, but equally handy: the New Zealand Cycle Trails book by Jonathan Kennett. We used it a lot. It contains all the information you need while planning your ride. Next to practical information such as maps with elevation, info on accommodation and transport, length and grades of the trails, it also provides interesting historical information about all the trails. It made our trips much more interesting.
Due to its size and weight (304 pages, 170mm by 245mm, semi-hard cover), it is not a book you would take along on your ride. But nowadays almost everybody has a mobile with a camera, so it is very easy to take some snaps of the pages of the trail you are going to ride and thus have all the information at hand. It worked for us!
You can buy the book at all the well-known book stores, on the web and sometimes even at accommodations.
A Second win for the Otago Central Rail Trail
The Otago Central Rail Trail has been chosen best New Zealand Cycle Trail for the second consecutive year, with close competition from Old Ghost Road. New Zealanders made close to 10,000 nominations for around 1200 different rides across four categories, in the NZ’s Favourite Place to Ride election. We also enjoyed it very much. Congratulations Otago Central Rail Trail!