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New Zealand is a great country to see by bicycle. It’s relatively uncrowded, there is a good road system, plus there are well-established off-road bicycle trails all over the country.

Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trails has a network of 22 Great Rides throughout the country for those interested in seeing New Zealand by bicycle. Use their routes and maps to tour the length and breadth of the country.

There is also good advice at Cycle Touring in New Zealand.

Mountain biking is extremely popular, and of late, bicycle shops have struggled to keep up with orders for electric bikes. Many people cycle to work, especially in Auckland and Christchurch, where you’ll find dedicated bike lanes.

Most towns have at least one rental bicycle outlet.

By law, you must wear a helmet when riding a bike.

See Cycling in Interests & Activities for information on recreational cycling such as mountain biking and off-road biking.

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For the full scoop on cycling in New Zealand, including legal and safety tips, see New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).


Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Seth Vidal