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Cycling and Mountain Biking

Here are the best Cycling and Mountain Biking trips in New Zealand. Cycle Trail bike hire, guides, coaches, expeditions and trips are all on offer, and they are great options for a fun family adventure! NZ cycle trails for all levels are ready to be explored.

Cycling and Mountain Biking activities to See and Do in New Zealand

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Cable Bay Adventure Park

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The Cable Bay Adventure Park is Nelson's adventure playground and located less t ......

Bike The Wineries Full Day

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Ride from the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown out to the Gibbston Valley ......

Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua

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The Moa Goa: 2 Night E-Bike Package

Activity LocationWhanganui

Explore the Laughing Moa cycle trail, on a scenic e-bike ride. Relax and enjoy 2 nights of deluxe lodge accommodation a ...

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Bike The Wānaka And Hāwea Trails - Luxury Shuttle Included

Activity LocationWanaka

Experience the most stunning bike ride in Wānaka. Meander along the river trails from Hāwea and follow both the Hāwea ...

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E Bike Hire

Activity LocationGisborne

Cruise around the city and surrounds on an e-bike and discover all that Tairāwhiti Gisborne has to offer - the environm ...

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Spooners Tunnel (One day Self-Guided Cycle Tour)

Activity LocationNelson

Cycle through the longest disused Rail Tunnel in the southern hemisphere then after an exhilarating 10 km downhill ride ...

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Valley of the Vines Bike Tour - Arrowtown to Gibbston

Activity LocationQueenstown

Valley of the Vines Bike Tour - Arrowtown to Gibbston Return Shuttle from Queenstown Starting at $99. Ride time 2 Hours. ...

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4 hour eBike hire from Wildfinder Pencarrow

Activity LocationLower Hutt, Wellington

See what the eBikes buzz is all about! Discover Pencarrow Head's lighthouses and lakes, along with amazing views of Well ...

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e-Bike Hire: Ride Your Way

Activity LocationQueenstown

**Exploring Queenstown: Recommended Adventures for 4hr, 6hr, or a Full Day** **Half Day Explorers (4 Hours):** - **D ...

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Nomad Safaris Quad Bike I 4WD - U Drive Experience Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

This is New Zealand’s most spectacular quad biking, where the adventure is in your hands! We give you 2.25 hrs on your ...

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Cycle Hire

Activity LocationGisborne

Hire a bike, enjoy the beach and river cycle ways of Tairawhiti Gisborne.

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Auckland Half Day Ebike Tour

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

Discover Auckland's beauty on a guided half-day e-bike tour. Ride for 3-3.5 hours on scenic cycle paths with professiona ...

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Akaroa Ebike Guided Tours & Rentals

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Akaroa's premium guided electric mountain bike tours & rentals give visitors the opportunity to explore Akaroa in th ...

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Moutere Ebike Wine and Food Spectacular (one day self guided cycle tour)

Activity LocationAbel Tasman

Cycle on an Ebike from Nelson Airport to Mapua along a coastal section of the Great Taste Trail and then head into the r ...

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Waitangi Mountain Bike Park Experience

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Get ready for an adventure like no other! Discover the exhilarating trails of Waitangi Mountain Bike Park with Paihia Mo ...

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Vineyard Cycle Tour

Activity LocationGisborne

Enjoy a day out cycling around the vineyards - sampling some of Gisborne's beautiful Chardonnay!

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Cycling Adventure - Easy Cheesy

Activity LocationWaihi, Coromandel

Enjoy a relaxed ride through our lush countryside and have lunch at the award winning Matatoki Cheese Barn. With fam a ...

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West Coast Treetop Walk & Tower Zipline

Activity LocationHokitika, West Coast

Treetop Walkway Adventure If you find yourself wondering what there is to do in New Zealand, the South Island, or even ...

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Arrowtown To Queenstown: A Mountain Biking Adventure Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Ride from historic Arrowtown along 35 km of beautiful bike trails back to Queenstown

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E-Bike Hire

Activity LocationQueenstown

Hire an Electric Mountain Bike and explore the stunning Queenstown Trail network

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Nomad Safaris - Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience New Zealand’s most spectacular quad bike rides, off road 4WD adventures, guided walks for all abilities inc ...

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Remutaka Rail Trail eBike Explorer Day Trip

Activity LocationUpper Hutt, Wellington

Discover the Remutaka Ranges' rich rail history & natural beauty on an eBike (electric bike). The flagship daytrip o ...

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Cycling Adventure - The Gold Rush Tour

Activity LocationWaihi, Coromandel

Interested in Gold? Ride from the historic town of Paeroa through most popular section of the Hauraki Rail Trail, the aw ...

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Remutaka Rail Trail Mountain Bike Explorer Day Trip

Activity LocationUpper Hutt, Wellington

Discover the Remutaka Ranges' rich rail history & natural beauty on a mountain bike. The flagship daytrip of the Rem ...

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Mountain Bike Hire

Activity LocationQueenstown

Hire a Mountain Bike and explore the stunning Queenstown Trail network

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Bike The Lake Dunstan Trail With A Return Luxury Mercedes Shuttle

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience one of NZ's Official Great Rides - 42km of purpose built trail. Bike from Cromwell to historic Clyde, meet th ...

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Bike The Wineries Half Day

Activity LocationQueenstown

On this self-guided wineries cycling tour you are given exclusive access to an informative winery map. Your guide will c ...

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Kayaking

Activity LocationQueen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

Why not try one of our kayaking trips to experience the sounds of nature in our tranquil Marlborough Sounds? The Marl ...

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Ultimate Lake Dunstan Trail Experience Bike & Dunstan Explorer Return

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience one of NZ's Official Great Rides - 42km of purpose built trail. E-bike from Cromwell to historic Clyde, meet ...

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Arrowtown To Gibbston Valley: A Half-Day Bike Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Cycling fans who enjoy spending time in nature—this is the perfect option for you! After a van shuttle from Queenstown ...

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Riverside Bike Tour

Activity LocationWanaka

This great bike tour winds along the banks of New Zealand’s largest and most powerful river, getting your heart rate u ...

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Waikato River EBike tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Pick up from Auckland to start your ebike ride in the small regional town of Ngaruawahia. Ride beside the breathtakingly ...

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NZ $275.00 Book Now

Magical Mapua (One Day Self-guided Cycle Tour)

Activity LocationNelson

Cycle from Nelson to Magical Mapua on the Great Taste Trail, one of New Zealand's Great Rides. Discover the charm and b ...

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Karangahake Gorge Ebike Tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Leaving from Auckland, this scenic ebike tour explores the natural beauty of the beautiful Karangahake Gorge. Karangahak ...

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Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trial

Activity LocationKaikohe & Kawakawa, Northland

You can ride the trail in both directions. The two most popular options are riding from east to west (Opua to Horeke) o ...


Frequently Asked Questions about Cycling and Mountain Biking Activities

1. Where is the best mountain biking in NZ?

You will be able to find a top of the line mountain bike trail everywhere you go. The Bay of Islands has a beautiful moutain biking park here.

2. Is New Zealand good for mountain biking?

New Zealand is excellent for mountain biking with its rolling hills and beautiful native bush. The South Island has beautiful tundra that makes for a beautiful bike ride.

Cycling and Mountain Biking activities to See and Do in New Zealand


New Zealand is a paradise for cycling enthusiasts, boasting an abundance of mountain biking and cycling tracks that cater to all levels of experience. There's no better way to truly appreciate the stunning landscapes of New Zealand, from its rolling hills to its lush forests, than by embarking on a cycling adventure. Whether you're looking to enjoy a leisurely ride through picturesque vineyards or tackle challenging bush trails, New Zealand has something for everyone.
 

Discover a Variety of Cycling Trails

Explore the diverse range of cycle trails available throughout the country. Take a leisurely ride along winery trails, where you can stop and sample world-renowned New Zealand wines amidst breathtaking scenery. For those who prefer the tranquility of nature, bush trails offer a serene escape with opportunities to spot native wildlife and immerse yourself in the lush greenery.
 

Thrill Seekers Welcome

If you're up for more of a challenge, hire a mountain bike and take on some of New Zealand's renowned steep trails. From the adrenaline-pumping downhill tracks in Queenstown to the rugged backcountry paths of the Old Ghost Road, mountain biking in New Zealand is sure to get your heart racing. Experienced riders can test their skills on technical trails that offer both excitement and stunning views.
 

Family-Friendly Rides

For families and casual riders, there are plenty of flat, easy trails that provide a relaxed way to explore the country. The Great Taste Trail in Nelson and the Hawke’s Bay Trails are perfect for a day out with loved ones, offering scenic routes that pass through charming towns, along coastlines, and through scenic countryside.
 

Unforgettable Experiences

No matter your skill level, cycling in New Zealand promises unforgettable experiences. Ride through historic towns, along pristine lakes, and through dramatic mountain ranges. The country's well-maintained trails and supportive cycling community ensure that every adventure is safe, enjoyable, and memorable.

 

Plan Your Adventure Today

Book a cycling adventure today and discover why New Zealand is a top destination for cyclists from around the world. Whether you're a seasoned mountain biker or a casual cyclist, New Zealand's trails offer the perfect opportunity to explore the country's natural beauty and vibrant culture.
 
Ready to ride? Grab your bike, plan your route, and get ready to experience New Zealand like never before!
 
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The best places for Cycling and Mountain Biking in New Zealand


Everywhere in New Zealand, you will be able to find a fantastic cycle trail with beautiful views.

Queenstown contains some fantastic cycle trails like this one from Arrowtown from Gibbston valley! The Coromandel also has some trails with amazing views. Check out See and Do New Zealand for the best cycle trails!

1. Cycling in Queenstown

Queenstown Trail: Over 130 kilometers of scenic trails that wind through the countryside, vineyards, and along lake shores.

7 Mile Mountain Bike Park: Features a variety of trails with different difficulty levels, from beginner to expert.

2. Cycling in Rotorua

Whakarewarewa Forest (Redwoods): Over 160 kilometers of world-class mountain biking trails through stunning redwood forest.

Skyline Gravity Park: A gondola-accessed mountain bike park with a range of downhill trails.

3. Cycling in Taupo

Craters of the Moon: A network of mountain bike trails with varying difficulty levels, set in a unique geothermal landscape.

Great Lake Trail: A scenic ride along the shores of Lake Taupo, suitable for all levels of riders.

4. Cycling in Wellington

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park: Offers over 40 kilometers of purpose-built single-track trails.

Rimutaka Cycle Trail: A mix of coastal and inland riding, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

5. Cycling in Nelson

Codgers Mountain Bike Park: Features a variety of trails close to the city.

The Old Ghost Road: An 85-kilometer backcountry trail for experienced riders, offering stunning scenery and challenging terrain.

6. Cycling in Christchurch

Port Hills: A range of trails with spectacular views over the city and Canterbury Plains.

McLeans Island: A flat, flowing track perfect for beginners and families.

7. Cycling in Dunedin

Signal Hill: Known for its downhill tracks and stunning views over Dunedin.

Otago Central Rail Trail: A 150-kilometer ride through the heart of Central Otago, suitable for all levels.

8. Cycling in Wanaka

Sticky Forest: A variety of trails with beautiful lake views.

Deans Bank Track: An 11-kilometer loop track that’s popular for its flow and scenic surroundings.

9. Cycling in Kaikoura

Mount Fyffe Track: Offers a challenging climb with rewarding views, great for more experienced riders.

Kowhai River Track: A more gentle ride along the river, suitable for families.

10. Cycling in West Coast

West Coast Wilderness Trail: A 132-kilometer trail through lush rainforest, lakes, and historic gold-mining towns.

Paparoa Track: New Zealand's newest Great Walk, also open to mountain bikers, offers stunning coastal and mountain scenery.

11. Cycling in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Trails: A network of over 200 kilometers of trails through wineries, along the coast, and through scenic countryside.

12. Northland

Twin Coast Cycle Trail: A 87-kilometer trail that takes you from the Bay of Islands to the Hokianga Harbour, passing through diverse landscapes and historic sites.

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Cool Facts about Cycling in New Zealand


Extensive Cycling Trails: New Zealand offers an extensive network of cycle trails, including the famous New Zealand Cycle Trail, which features 22 Great Rides spanning over 2,500 kilometers.
 
Otago Central Rail Trail: The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand's first and most famous cycle trail, running 150 kilometers through stunning Central Otago landscapes.
 
Alps 2 Ocean: The Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail stretches from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, covering 301 kilometers of diverse and breathtaking scenery.
 
Motu Trails: Located in the Bay of Plenty, the Motu Trails offer a mix of coastal rides, historic trails, and thrilling mountain bike tracks.
 
Queenstown Trails: Queenstown is a hub for cycling enthusiasts, offering over 130 kilometers of trails that cater to all levels, from scenic lakeside paths to challenging mountain routes.
 
Māori Heritage: Many of New Zealand's cycle trails pass through areas rich in Māori history and culture, offering riders the chance to learn about indigenous heritage.
 
Year-Round Cycling: New Zealand's mild climate means you can enjoy cycling year-round, with different regions offering ideal conditions in different seasons.
 
World-Class Events: New Zealand hosts several world-class cycling events, including the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, one of the largest cycling events in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
Adventure and Safety: New Zealand's trails are designed for adventure while prioritizing safety, with well-marked routes and facilities like bike hire and repair stations.
 
Eco-Friendly: Cycling is a popular eco-friendly way to explore New Zealand's natural beauty, reducing carbon footprints and promoting sustainable tourism.
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