New Zealand is one of the world’s most popular destinations for bike touring.
On any tour of this small island-nation, you’re bound to meet dozens of other cycle tourists, also here for the striking mixture of coastline, mountains, glaciers and volcanic hot pools that make New Zealand so special.
Of course, it’s not all glorious.
Keep it in perspective though. The challenging terrain and the unpredictable weather are more likely to test your motivation than the roads. Leave room in your itinerary for a few rain days and tough-going against the wind and hills.
As for your bike, bring something with fatter tires and possibly suspension so that you can take advantage of the many wonderful unpaved roads and trails. They’re the true gem of New Zealand cycling, taking you away from the traffic that hogs the few paved roads and into the heart of the rugged landscape.
- Where should I go?
- What kind of accommodation will I find?
- What’s the camping like? Can I wild camp or free camp?
- How good are the roads? Are the drivers good or bad?
- Do I need a visa?
- How much time do I need to cycle around?
- Can I put my bike on a bus?
- What about ferries between the North and South Islands?
- How much should I budget?
- What’s the weather like?
- Will the sandflies eat me alive?
If you’re still pining for information about New Zealand, check out Cycle Tour New Zealand – an insightful and free web guide, written by a local Kiwi.