The New Zealand Cycle Trail is also called the Nga Haerenga and is actually a series of many trails throughout New Zealand. In all, there are 20 trails that comprise the New Zealand Cycle Track. The bike trails are in various stages of development:
- 4 are currently completely open and ready for bike riding from end to end.
- 13 of the New Zealand trails have sections open and are still being constructed.
- 3 of the bike tracks are still in the planning phase.
The New Zealand Cycle Trail offers bike trails for everyone including cycling trails with varying grade levels:
- Twelve of the New Zealand cycle tracks are considered easy.
- Three of the New Zealand cycle tracks are considered intermediate.
- Three of the New Zealand cycle tracks are considered advanced.
- One of the New Zealand cycle tracks is considered expert level.
One of the most famous cycle tracks in New Zealand is complete and makes a great bike ride for all levels of riders. Named after the original railway line, built between 1891 and 1907, the Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’, was first opened to the public in 2000.
Steeped in history, the rail-trail offers a 150 kilometre scenic and historic journey into the Central Otago heartland. This is big sky country where cyclists will traverse ever-changing mountainous, dry and rocky landscapes, high country sheep stations, spectacular river gorges, tunnels, viaducts and more.
There are over 20 townships located on and off the trail to explore… (Read more by visiting the link below.)