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Great Rides

Rides in NZ

In early 2009, Prime Minister John key announced there would be $50 million committed to creating a series of cycleways across both islands of New Zealand. This network of cycleways of  Nga Haerenga,The New Zealand Cycle Trail Project will be based around New Zealand's iconic attractions and existing infrastructure. Ultimately providing thousands of kilometers of trails, these Great Rides will take in the best of New Zealand's dramatic landscapes and are the future of cycle tourism in New Zealand.

The Great Rides will take cyclists through subtropical forests of the far North, along historic old coach roads, to breathtaking mountain and lake views, past deserted beaches and through rainforests and lush wetlands. There will be something for all levels of cyclists to enjoy on trails that are being built.

The brand Nga Haerenga means “the journeys”, both in a physical and spiritual sense, and this is exactly the sort of experience visitors to New Zealand and New Zealanders themselves willenjoy.

Whilst not all of these 18 Great Rides are currently open for riding, a number have been opened over the previous year including the St James Cycle Trail, the Waikato River Trails and the Mountain to Sea Trail. Many sections of other Great Rides are open and you can find all of the latest news and updates on the New Zealand Cycle Trail Project here on New Zealand's definitive Where to Ride Guide - NZByBike. 

The Rides