Top South Island Trail
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We've compiled this ist of excellent rides within the South Island for you!
Dun Mountain is one of New Zealand’s most accessible alpine mountain bike rides, all the more memorable for its relatively easy up, exhilarating down, amazing rocky tops, sweet-smelling beech forest, and meandering river trail.
Allow 4–6 hours, or a full day if you’re the sort of person who likes to linger over their lunch or photograph the odd rock.
Tasman's Great Taste Trail
Looping through the Tasman Bay towns of Nelson, Wakefield, Richmond, Motueka and Kaiteriteri, the Great Taste Trail is a terrific way to tour the attractions of this popular holiday destination.
A big, beautiful loop taking in Nelson, Wakefield, Motueka and Kaiteriteri (amongst other settlements) the Great Taste Trail is readily accessible along its full length. This makes for countless return ride and loop options, along with handy bike hire depots and shuttle services making it easy to tailor a trip to suit your itinerary and interests. But no matter how you slice and dice it, be sure to allow plenty of time to stop and enjoy the sights.
West Coast Wilderness Trail
Stretching from Greymouth’s historic port to the neat old gold town of Ross, this easy trail takes riders on a journey through the Coast’s incredible natural landscapes, and back in time to Māori pounamu (greenstone) gathering and the glittering gold rush era.
The West Coast Wilderness Trail is divided up into four roughly equal sections between Greymouth (the West Coast’s ‘big smoke’) and small old gold town of Ross
Alps 2 Ocean
New Zealand’s highest mountain – Aoraki/Mt Cook – is just one unforgettable sight on this epic journey from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.
The Alps 2 Ocean (A2O) is divided into nine sections. A wealth of cycle-friendly visitor services make it possible to ride the whole trail pleasurably in 4–6 days or tailor a shorter ride to suit all levels of ability
Otago Central Rail Trail
The trail that inspired the creation of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, the Otago Central Rail Trail follows the old railway line between Clyde and Middlemarch.
There’s so much to see and do on or near the trail, from poking around old gold diggings to visiting New Zealand’s only international curling rink. So it will pay to factor in plenty of free time. This is a journey to savour and best enjoyed as slow as your itinerary will allow.
Roxburgh Gorge Trail
One of New Zealand’s most visually spectacular and intriguing day rides, this trail follows the Clutha Mata-au River past eroded bluffs and old gold workings set amidst graceful willows, native shrubs and fragrant thyme.
Allow 5–6 hours for the full journey between Alexandra and Roxburgh Dam, which combines 21km of riding with a 13km jet boat leg. Not only exciting, the boat trip is also a rare chance to see the many special sights hidden deep in the gorge.
Clutha Gold Trail
Winding along the Clutha Mata-au River between Roxburgh and Lawrence, this easy trail is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the stunning rural and riverside scenes of Central Otago’s Teviot Valley.
The easy nature of the terrain means the trail can be completed in one day, but breaking the journey allows more time to savour the scenery and discover the river’s secrets revealed in a series of excellent information panels.
The Queenstown Rail Trail
Surrounded by sheer mountain ranges, this trail threads through the Wakatipu Basin on a mix of lakeside paths, country lanes, quiet roads and cross-country cycleways. It links Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley – with countless sights and activities to enjoy in between.
Visitors are spoilt for choice on this trail network, which lends itself well to both multi-day trips and day rides, all well supported by bike hire and tour operators
Around the Mountains Cycle Trail
A contender for New Zealand’s most gorgeous Great Ride, this long but leisurely trail passes through the Southland’s rural heartland and majestic mountain country around Queenstown.
The trail can be cycled in either direction but starting at Walter Peak, at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, makes the most of the prevailing winds and topography.
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