Cycling In New Zealand On The Best Routes

New Zealand offers many world class cycling opportunities for those eager to explore all New Zealand has to offer. The list below contains some of the best routes for cycling in New Zealand. You’ll experience stunning mountain ranges, ride through famous wineries, maybe even meet a hobbit and much more. Here’s our list for the best cycling routes in New Zealand.

South Island

If you’re short on time then you’ll get the most out your trip by spending most of your time on the South Island.

Wanaka to Greymouth

The Wanaka to Greymouth route is 458kms along the western coastline of the South Island. One of the highlight of the route is the alpine Haast Pass through Mt. Aspiring National Park. After this you’ll be on the west coast which you’ll head north into the glaciers (Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier) and then to Greymouth. If you have time or fancy a challenge, Arthur’s Pass gives a stunning mountain ride down to Christchurch.

Greymouth to Haast

The Greymouth to Haast route is about 317kms along and will have you cycling through rainforests and the South Islands glaciers. The route should take about 3-4 days to complete with a lot of options for accommodation along the way. Weather is unpredictable in this part of New Zealand so make sure you have your waterproofs with you.

Haast to Queenstown

The Haast to Queenstown route is 211kms along with the end destination being New Zealand’s adventure capital. This route is arguably one of the most scenic routes in New Zealand. You’ll pass through the gorgeous lakes of Wanaka complete with mountains all around with waterfalls.

Christchurch to Blenheim

At 314kms the Christchurch to Blenheim route takes you along the east coastal road. For those wanting more adventure consider taking the Molesworth Road. It’s not an easy ride but it’s stunningly beautiful and isolated. You’ll mostly be cycling on a dirt road so be sure to have the proper equipment for such terrain and stock up well with food and water.

North Island

Napier to Wellington

On the North Island one of the best routes is Napier to Wellington. This route is 330kms long and will take about 3-5 days to complete. It’s advised to take the backroads for this route to experience a more quiet and scenic route.

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