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 epicentre 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!
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 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 Harbour on the west coast
Best Rail Trail Bicycle Tours of Australia and New Zealand
A Rail Trail bicycle tour allows you to experience biking adventures on bygone routes. Here are 7 of the best in Australia and New Zealand.
Timber Trail Adventures
Head to the centre of the North Island and ride the Waikato River Trail, Timber Trail & Great Lake Trail all in on guided tour! Starting and ending in Auckland you'll head south and follow the first trail along NZ's longest river. Then ride the 87km Timber Trail, stay in a purpose-built lodge in the middle of the forest, discover epic swing bridges and more in the heart of the north.
Timber Trail, Waikato and Great Lake Cycle
Experience the best riding the Central North Island has to offer on a fully supported & guided trip on the Waikato River Trail, Timber Trail & Great Lake Trail.
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.
Tour de Cycle Wine Tour Hawke's Bay (Self-Guided)
Join this exclusive 5 day self-guided tour and enjoy behind the scenes wine tastings, gourmet food and central & comfortable accommodation throughout. What better way to discover this beautiful and as yet, slightly unexplored part of New Zealand.
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.
3 Day Hawke's Bay Cycle Tour
Experience a short yet enjoyable vacation in the lovely region of Hawke's Bay.
Best Family Bicycle Tours of New Zealand
Top bicycle tours of NZ for families with tours recommended for children for children of various age ranges.
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. Contact us with your requirements and we can put together the perfect luxury cycle tour for you.
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 travelled as you discover the charms of New Zealand's north.
Wairarapa 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.
The Best Bicycle Tours of New Zealand: South Island
Cycle tour NZ's awesome south and experience blissful biking, whatever your style.