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With 23 great rides, there is much to choose from. But how to pick a ride that suits your bike skills, itinerary and budget! That can be quite time consuming, while you rather would be on your bike exploring New Zealand’s overwhelming beauty.

This is how we got our information before we started cycling. Of course, there are more options, but this really worked well for us.

Websites
NZ Cycle Trail and Pure New Zealand give information about the 23 Great Rides with maps, itineraries, safety tips, touroperators, photos and videos. Most of the trails have their own website. For example: Central Otago Rail Trail, Motu Trails and Alp2Ocean. Here you’ll find detailed information about the trails, accommodation, touroperators, bike rentals and lots more!

Social Media
A lot of cycling organisations in NZ use social media. But also individual cyclists share their experiences on social media.

Instagram
Instagram is a good way to get inspired. You can find interesting accounts by using hashtags. For example: #nzcycling, #lovecyclingnz or #nzcycletrail.

Facebook
Facebook pages of the individual trails give you information and updates. It’s an easy way to get in contact and ask any questions you might have. We noticed that some social media accounts are not updated, so information can be old. Just check the date of their latest post.

YouTube
Really want to get inspired? Check out YouTube. Just search for cycling in New Zealand or the trail you’re interested in.

 

#lovecyclingnz

Books
New Zealand Cycle Trail Guide
New Zealand’s Automobile Association (AA) made a very handy magazine about all the Great Rides. It’s free and you can pick it up from i-Sites, hotels, campsites and bike rentals amongst others. Or just download it from their website. Makes it very easy to take along like that! It is a good source of information without overloading you with details. We used this magazine to orientate. When we picked a trail, we searched for more information on websites. Grab your digital copy of the The New Zealand Cycle Trail Guide as an E-book.

The New Zealand Cycle Trails by Jonathan Kennett
Not really a book to put in your backpack (to heavy), but very nice and useful to read in front of your tent, in your hotelroom or campervan. Jonathan Kennett is a real authority when it comes to the NZ Cycle Trails. So expect lots of background information and personal experience. We loved it! You can buy this book, and other books from Kennett at bookshops all around New Zealand.

Great Rides App
This app is quite new (June 2017), and a welcome source of information. The app helps you to choose and prepare your bike trip, and guide you along the trails providing helpful insights about places, service and useful links. You can download the free app from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. We like it because you can also use all the information off-line. Great when you find yourself without wifi!

Tour operators and bike rentals
Looking for a personal touch? Pay a visit to one of the tour operators or bike rental companies. Most of them are keen cyclist themselves and can tell you all about the cycle trail you’re planning to conquer. We had the most funny and nice conversations at these places. The Kiwis are extremely helpful. They really want you to get the most out of your bike ride. You’ll find them at the start and the end of the great rides and even along some of the the trails. Handy!

Got a good tip on finding information about the NZ Cycle Trails? Let us know, so we can add it to our blog!

2017-09-04T08:04:45+00:00 August 20th, 2017|

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