GO NZ: Bucket-list bike rides for an active backyard holiday

Elisabeth Easther gears up for four of New Zealand’s greatest cycleways

I love exploring our countryside by bicycle, whether it’s a short ride or a multi-day adventure, riding a bike floats my boat. Cycling also allows a person to admire every bird, branch and bloom, while having a modest impact on the environment. With so many great rides to choose from, here’s a small handful of my favourites.

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Twin Coast Cycle Trail

At 87km end to end, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail connects the Bay of Islands with the Hokianga Harbour, from Opua’s pretty little boatyards to historic Horeke. The trail features forest and bush, disused rail lines, a giant lake and century-old rail tunnels. You can easily complete this little gem in two days if you’re super-fast, or do it over three if you want to stop and smell those roses.

The ancient rocks that pock the pastureland bring to mind Aotearoa’s volcanic adolescence while the wobbly suspension bridges strung over babbling waterways are marvels of modern engineering and, in the warmer months, you might like to take your togs.

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