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Cycling in New Zealand

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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.

Intermediate
02:00
19.6 mi
Intermediate
01:38
15.8 mi
Intermediate
02:39
25.5 mi
Expert
02:44
25.8 mi
Expert
03:26
33.0 mi
Expert
03:59
39.2 mi
Expert
04:00
39.8 mi
Expert
04:03
39.2 mi
Expert
05:39
56.5 mi
Expert
03:02
25.4 mi
Intermediate
02:23
25.4 mi
Intermediate
02:48
20.1 mi
Expert
05:22
40.5 mi
Expert
05:27
40.1 mi
Intermediate
02:38
26.2 mi
Intermediate
01:58
19.9 mi
Expert
04:14
42.1 mi
Expert
03:53
30.7 mi
Intermediate
03:51
27.4 mi
Expert
03:43
37.4 mi

Top 20 cycling routes in New Zealand

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    02:00
    19.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    01:38
    15.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    02:39
    25.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    02:44
    25.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    03:26
    33.0 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    03:59
    39.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    04:00
    39.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    04:03
    39.2 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    05:39
    56.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    03:02
    25.4 mi
    8.4 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    02:23
    25.4 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    12
    02:48
    20.1 mi
    7.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    05:22
    40.5 mi
    7.5 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    05:27
    40.1 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    15
    02:38
    26.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    01:58
    19.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    04:14
    42.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    03:53
    30.7 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    03:51
    27.4 mi
    7.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    03:43
    37.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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