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A land of epic mountains, vast lakes, golden sand beaches, huge bays and a unique flora and fauna, cycling in New Zealand is nothing short of fantastic. With two main islands connected by ferries, 13 national parks and dramatically different landscapes from north to south, two-wheeling is the perfect way to explore this wonderful country’s incredible scenery. 


There’s a huge number of off-road cycle routes in New Zealand which are suitable for touring bikes, taking you on traffic-free rides as far as the eye can see. You’ll find some lovely family-friendly routes with sea views or trails winding through dense forests and you can choose from flat rides or hilly rides with ease. Whether you pedal past subtropical forests or find yourself exploring undulating farmland, there’s always something truly awe-inspiring waiting for you. From lively North Island to the wilder, more rural South Island, there are cycling adventures aplenty.


Top 20 cycling routes in New Zealand

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    1
    Difficult
    03:06
    29.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Intermediate
    01:46
    17.6 mi
    10.0 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:26
    30.6 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    4
    Difficult
    03:20
    30.0 mi
    9.0 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Difficult
    03:21
    32.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Intermediate
    02:37
    25.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Intermediate
    02:34
    25.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Difficult
    03:47
    31.3 mi
    8.3 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    9
    Easy
    01:06
    11.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Intermediate
    03:34
    36.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Intermediate
    02:18
    16.6 mi
    7.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Intermediate
    01:59
    19.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Difficult
    02:54
    29.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    14
    Intermediate
    02:00
    20.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Difficult
    04:36
    45.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Difficult
    03:59
    29.8 mi
    7.5 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Intermediate
    02:20
    15.8 mi
    6.8 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Difficult
    04:50
    43.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    3,300 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Difficult
    04:36
    43.4 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Easy
    00:57
    9.38 mi
    9.9 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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