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Sarah and family at Lake Pukaki © Tourism Waitaki

THE NEW ZEALAND CYCLE TRAIL GUIDE

THE NEW ZEALAND CYCLE TRAIL GUIDE

Great memories, in the places you love, with the people who matter most. Cycling is for everyone There is no better way to holiday, recreate or simply get around, I reckon, than by bike.

For over 30 years and in 50 spectacular locations throughout New Zealand, we have been carefully creating settings to provide you with your very own unique, quality holiday experience. We offer a range of accommodation options, and all our Parks offer you plenty of space, children’s play facilities, BBQ areas plus indoor and outdoor recreational areas. No holiday memories are complete without experiencing one of our great Parks.

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In New Zealand we have such a cracking range of stunning places to explore on two wheels; there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy, whatever their ability, fitness or number of kids in tow.

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ur favourite family holidays have been those where we’ve spent a large part of it on bikes. In fact we now plan our holidays around which Great Ride we want to explore. And while you might think that Great Rides are too long to drag children along, you don’t have to ride the entire length. We’ve learnt to cherry-pick the most childfriendly trails and sections, pack enough food to ensure no-one gets ‘hangry’, and take five whenever anyone has had a gutsful! We’re really keen for the girls to develop a love for being in the outdoors and we’re committed to the whole family enjoying the adventure. Parking up for a picnic after rolling through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery is surely the best way to spend a day!

My tips for everyone to enjoy the ride: • If it’s your first time riding with the kids, keep it short. • Pack a bucket load of snacks, including lollies – keep these easily accessible and in plentiful supply. • Take two good thermos flasks, with tea for the grown-ups and hot chocolate for the little ones. • Borrow, hire or buy the right equipment for the children. • Make the most of other cool things to do and see along the way. That walk to the waterfall, swim, or time spent skimming stones on the river are the gems that make up the whole experience. • Keep it realistic with the trail grade – we’ll be leaving the kids at home when we do the Old Ghost Road.

Sarah Ulmer is an Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist and Board Member of Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail 1

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The New Zealand Cycle Trail Guide 2019  

There are 22 Great Rides on Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Great Rides are feature...

The New Zealand Cycle Trail Guide 2019  

There are 22 Great Rides on Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Great Rides are feature...