New Zealand’s Great One-Day Bike Rides

Imagine riding through native bush, beside crystal clear lakes or across sweeping landscapes flanked by snow-covered mountains.

New Zealand cycle trails are (literally!) a front-row seat to our country's stunning and diverse natural beauty. 

We understand that many visitors to New Zealand are looking for a unique travel experience where holidaymakers can enjoy the best our country has to offer without stress and fuss. 

New Zealand has picturesque, challenging, yet accessible biking trails suited to all riding levels. Travelling in a motorhome makes the adventure even easier, by blending luxury accommodation and convenience into your experience.

In this blog, check out our pick of the top 5 one-day cycle trails that are sure to inspire you to get in the saddle and plan your motorhome trip so you make sure you see the most beautiful parts of our country on two wheels.

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Our Top 5 New Zealand cycle trails

The cycle trails below (organised geographically from north to south) take you through some of the country's most breathtaking scenery.

You'll find the tracks to be accessible, well-maintained, and as they only have gentle climbs, they are suitable for even the most novice riders. Some of the tracks can be completed in a day while others are sections of a longer trail.

Twin Coast Cycle Trail (easy, 1-2 days, 87 km)

A popular trail during all months of the year, this cycle trail travels from the beautiful Bay of Islands to the idyllic Hokianga Harbour and can be ridden in either direction. You'll see native forest, coastal views, wetlands and cultural sites including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. You'll also find plenty of accommodation and restaurants along the way to keep you rested and refuelled.

Hauraki Rail Trail (easy, 1-3 days, 173 km)

One of the easiest cycle tracks in the country, the Hauraki Rail Trail follows the historic railway line between country towns around Auckland and the Coromandel. Highlights include Karangahake Gorge, which combines natural beauty and mining relics, a former gold mining town, local wildlife and a mineral spa.

Hawke's Bay (easy-intermediate, 1-4 days, 200 km)

This east coast region is known for its beaches and wineries. Here you'll find an extensive network of cycle trails that take in the stunning coastal, riverside and rural scenery. The cycle trail network is divided into three themes: Landscapes Ride where you'll see dramatic views and rural seaside settlements, Wineries Ride which takes you to world-class vineyards, and the Water Ride which features coastal scenery and art deco architecture.

West Coast Wilderness Trail (easy, 1-3 days, 139 km)

Discover the untamed beauty of the wild West Coast of the South Island. You're guaranteed an exhilarating dose of adventure as you ride past glacial rivers and mountains, through wetlands and forests before reaching the Tasman Sea.

Alps 2 Ocean (easy-intermediate, 1-6 days, 360 km)

This cycle trail is New Zealand's longest continuous trail, and is also one of the most beautiful. It takes you from the South Island's Southern Alps through spectacular scenery to the Pacific Ocean.

Once you've conquered the tracks above, you might want to try the Otago Rail Trail. Arguably the country's most famous cycling track, the 150km intermediate level trail is all off-road and takes you through the rugged Central Otago landscape.

If you decide to travel by motorhome during your cycling journey, you'll enjoy a number of advantages including the flexibility to travel when and where you like, and being able to park right outside the entrances to cycle trails. You can even hire bikes with your Wilderness motorhome, including everything you need to stay safe and transport them easily.

Get on your bike and start your New Zealand cycle journey.

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