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Drive Or Cycle New Zealand? Why Not Do Both?

image for a bike trailThere is no doubt that New Zealand boasts some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes and experiences anywhere in the world. From the unspoiled golden beaches and giant kauri tree forests in the north, to the rugged mountain ranges and coastlines in the south, there is a new experience around every corner of the country.

Most visitors to New Zealand travel the country by road, either by bus, in private vehicles, or by rental car. Others prefer to cycle around the country, enjoying their trip at a more relaxed pace.

In 2009 the New Zealand Government announced a plan to invest fifty million dollars toward the development of a network of predominantly off-road cycle trails throughout the country, allowing locals and visitors the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s beautiful scenery and unique culture and heritage on bikes.

From the initial concept The New Zealand Cycle Trail (Nga Haerenga in Maori) was established which links more than 20 individual cycle trails throughout the country. The Trails are graded from Grade 1 (easiest) to Grade 5 which are designed for experienced riders seeking technically challenging off-road rides. Winding through native bush, snow-capped mountains, vineyards, active thermal regions, historic goldfields, coastlines, and lakefronts, are all part of The New Zealand Cycle Trail.

The good news for overseas visitors is that you don’t even need to bring your own bike, or purchase one in New Zealand as there are many cycle hire and tour options available. For people wanting to cycle particular trails and drive the rest of the way, there is the option to rent a car as well as bikes, bike racks, and even camping equipment. One such company offering this service is Rental Cars New Zealand however be aware that advance bookings are essential especially during peak summer periods.

For more detailed information about New Zealand’s cycle trails click on this link: The New Zealand Cycle Trail

 

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