Home to the majority of the population, New Zealand’s North Island boasts vibrant, cosmopolitan cities within its shores, and also lays claim to some incredibly beautiful scenery — from the blissful Bay of Islands to Lake Taupo and beyond. Discover the otherworldly landscape of Tongariro National Park with its Lord Of The Rings breathtakingly epic scenery, journey to the mysterious glow-worm caves tucked away in picturesque rural corners, and explore the vinicultural delights of Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne regions amongst others — all ready and waiting for cycle touring adventures.
With more bike trails, leisurely excursions and road riding explorations than you can shake a stick at, the North Island is a top global cycling destination. Who could also forget about the mountain biking epicenter of Rotorua being located in the heart of the North? Rotorua is also home to the famed geothermal pools that produce a distinct bubbly whiff which is sure to be a memorable highlight of any trip.
Both the North and South Islands of NZ host ample opportunities for bicycle touring and here we’ve rounded up the very best of the north in one handy spot.
Ride a delightful trail at the top of the North Island in the lovely Bay of Islands as you explore the far reaches by bike and boat/kayak. This short, fully guided tour offers superb diversity in landscapes and activities and is surely not to be missed!
Twin Coast Bike, Hike and Splash
Discover the history and beauty that surrounds the Twin Coast Cycle Trail between Pahia & the Pacific Ocean on the east, & the Hokianga harbor on the west.
If you're keen on an even shorter foray into cycling adventures in NZ, a day ride in the iconic Redwoods of Rotorua followed by a stand-up paddle board exploration of the mesmerizing glow-worm caves could be just the ticket. Get a truly unique perspective on an exciting and energizing day out. Or perhaps try the winning combo of rafting and biking - choose your own adventure and have fun!
Pedal and Paddle Glowworm Tour
Enjoy a half day of riding the world-class trails in the Redwoods, dinner at a pristine lake, and exploring glowworm caves via Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) on this unique adventure tour.
Rotorua Dream Day
Ride the world-class trails of the Redwoods and raft the Kaituna River. It’s the ultimate day out!
Rail Trail Cycle Journeys
Tucked away in the countryside, but easily accessible from Auckland, the comfortable Hauraki Rail Trail route traverses historic gold towns, gorges, beaches, stunning settings and even passes close to Hobbiton itself. Suitable for riders of all abilities, including children, the rail trail is pure delight on a bike.
Hauraki Rail Trail
Explore the wonderfully laidback Hauraki Rail Trail, just an hour’s drive south of Auckland on a 3 day fully supported cycling tour.
Hauraki Rail Trail Pedal
Enjoy a 4 day cycle tour from Auckland that takes you along an old rail line to discover some stunning scenery and some North Island gems, including a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the beautiful Karangahake Gorge and Waihi beach.
Head north and explore the Bay of Island's disused vintage rail trail riding from coast to coast on a relaxing biking break.
Twin Coast Rail Trail
This 4-day tour will take you from the Bay of Islands on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island to the Hokianga harbor on the west coast
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Head to Rotorua, the central hub of mountain biking on the North Island. Here you'll find a wide array of options for MTB enthusiasts and pro's. Check out the tours below and a bunch more within our site, giving you a complete buffet of incredible biking opportunities to sample, including heli-biking for an awesome, exhilarating ride.
Hero Dirt Rotorua
Experience some of the best enduro trails and single track anywhere in the world over 6 days of epic MTB in NZ
Essential North Island
Join a 7 day MTB adventure through the North Island of NZ, starting and ending in the mountain biking mecca of Rotorua.
Moerangi Heli Bike Day
Remote, wildly scenic, incredible single track and a helicopter shuttle - adding up to an unforgettable day trip for MTB lovers.
Wine Cycle Tours
Taking it down a notch, for more sedate wanderings in the wilds, try a bike tour of NZ that's based around the joyful exploration of wineries. With some exceptional wines coming out of New Zealand you're certainly in the right place to delve into a discovery tour for your taste buds, and what better way than by bike.
Rural and Wine Tour
Spend 9 adventurous days cycling from Auckland to Rotorua as you explore New Zealand's North Island by bike.
The Cape Coast Wineries Ride
A super popular day ride! Embark on a self-guided, easy, scenic cycle with visits to as many as 6 wineries while winding through the beautiful Hawke's Bay region.
For families looking to safely travel with ease and explore a true delight of NZ, we would highly recommend the Hawke's Bay region. The carefully constructed cycleways of the region wind through some superb countryside, with rural and ocean views to be discovered and all off-road, with plenty of child-friendly activities to fill your days. Of course, there's also the lure of vineyards for the adults - making this region a real hit for all members of the family, and tours range from day excursions to longer vacations so can suit all sizes.
5 Day Easy Explorer Hawke’s Bay
Spend five fantastic days exploring the Hawke's Bay region on a self-guided tour that appeals to couples, families and groups of all sizes. Activities, wine and spectacular scenery abound!
Takaro Trail 3 Day Loop Tour
Spend a long weekend or any three days reserved for vacation time, exploring the best of Hawke’s Bay on this whirlwind yet leisurely cycle tour of the region’s finest spots.
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Fans of luxury travel can also rejoice in Hawke's Bay, with cycle tours to suit, offering first class accommodation, premium eateries and experiences that will delight. Take the riding at your own pace, sample the fine wines and indulge your senses on a relaxing sojourn through this cycle-friendly region.
4 Day Gastronomic Hawke’s Bay
Enjoy exploring bountiful Hawke’s Bay on a four-day gourmet adventure that offers leisurely cycling through an utterly charming region, punctuated by stays in luxury lodges, fine dining, viticultural discoveries and a naturally spectacular landscape.
6 Day Heart of Hawke’s Bay
A gorgeous itinerary combining scenic cycling at a leisurely pace, amazing food and luxurious accommodation through the heart of Hawke's Bay.
Ride from Wellington north via back country roads on a wonderful 6 day leisurely guided bike tour of NZ. You'll be greeted with scenic views daily as you roll past farmland, forests and wine country. Stay in some heritage lodgings, explore renowned wine regions such as Hawke's Bay and Martinborough, and ride on the path less traveled as you discover the charms of New Zealand's north.
Wairapa and Hawke's Bay Back Roads
Ride stunning parts of rural North Island New Zealand you never knew existed on this fully supported Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay Backroads cycling trip.
Other selected options for road cycling the sights here include an intrepid tour of the far northern reaches, the sublime Coromandel and everywhere in-between.
This journey into Northland takes you to the most northerly point in New Zealand over 9 days of stunning road cycling.
Cycle from Auckland to Rotorua over 8 magnificent days of road biking through the Coromandel Peninsula.
North Island Back Roads: Wellington to Auckland
Ride NZ’s spectacular coastal and rural roads from Wellington to Auckland over 9 days on a guided group tour.
If your cycling dreams tend to lean more towards pursuits of leisure, then an e-bike tour of NZ may be right up your street. Experience some of the best scenery and trail riding from the comfy seat of an e-bike as you cycle the Timber Trail.
Timber Trail e-Bike Classic
A classic backcountry cycle trail with e-bike ease and first class hosting over 4 fantastic days.
Explore the wineries of Hawke's Bay via e-bike as you meander through the sights and tastes of the region.
E-Bike Explorer: Havelock North to Ahuriri (via Cape Coast)
Go further for less effort and see why the world's going crazy for E-bikes on this leisurely day tour through the fantastically picturesque region of Hawke's Bay.
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