7 Incredible e.Bike Trails To Tick Off Across New Zealand.
There's nothing better than hitting the bike trails on the weekend. Lucky for us, New Zealand is bursting with beautiful destinations to discover from the comfort of an e.bike.
The good news is, you don't need to own an e.bike to take on these routes. With plenty of operators now offering e.bike hire, a cycling excursion is a perfect excuse to test out one of these beauties. Trust us, you'll never go back.
Ready to soak in the sights? Whether it's a morning tour or a multi-day trip, here are seven incredible e.bike trails to tick off across New Zealand.
1. Waikato River Trails
Best explored on bike or foot, the winding trails along New Zealand’s longest river are pretty spectacular. For 105km, the trails track the Waikato River from north of Taupō to just south of Cambridge. Lap up the scenery—there’s lush native greenery and picturesque views galore. Suited to both day trips or longer outings, you won’t regret booking a weekend by the river.
E.bike hire: Our customers can score 50% off selected e.bike hires in the Waikato, when booking with River Riders and Lake District Adventures—get more info here.
2. West Coast Wilderness Trail
It's no secret that the West Coast is brimming with natural beauty. Discover secluded rivers and abundant rainforests with the West Coast Wilderness Trail, an easy stretch between Greymouth and Ross. The trail is split into four sections, each taking three to five hours to tackle. Or, opt for a single day trip where you can discover local favourites like Mahinapua Creek or the Ross Railway.
E.bike hire: Adventure South NZ, Cycle Journeys, Kiwi Journeys and PureTrails.
3. Alps 2 Ocean Trail
Boasting nine sections spanning soaring mountain ranges and rustic country landscapes, this is the definition of a bucket-list worthy trail. You can complete the entire track in about 4-6 days or dip in and out for a day trip. It all kicks off at Aoraki Mt Cook, winding through the scenic Southern Alps and finishing up at the Pacific Ocean in Oamaru.
E.bike hire: Cycle Ventures, Cycle Journeys and PureTrails.
4. Tasman's Great Taste Trail
If you need a little extra motivation to set out cycling, send the Tasman's Great Taste Trail to the top of your list. This one loops around the Nelson region, typically divided into six stretches ranging from just one hour to six. You and your tastebuds are spoiled for choice; the trail is dotted with local cafes, boutique breweries, scenic vineyards and fresh food markets.
E.bike hire: Wheelie Fantastic, Nelson Cycle Hire and Tours, Kiwi Journeys and The Gentle Cycling Company.
5. Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail
Head North and cycle your way across the top of New Zealand with the Twin Coast trail. This route connects the Bay of Islands and Hokianga Harbour, and can be cycled in either direction. You'll traverse magical coastlines, immersive forests and dramatic rural landscapes. All four sections are quick and easy to cycle, with a slightly more challenging route just before you arrive in Horeke. Thanks to the North's mild climate, you can set out on a comfortable Twin Coast outing in almost any season.
E.bike hire: Top Trail Hire & Tours and Mullarkey Bike & Shuttle.
6. Otago Central Rail Trail
You've definitely heard of the Otago Central Rail Trail if you're into cycling. This is the one that started it all, leading to the formation of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network. This one totals six legs, which can be tackled differently depending on what you want to see. The Rail Trail is packed with everything you'd expect from a cycling holiday; quaint old towns, expansive railway tracks and serene natural landscapes.
E.bike hire: Trail Journeys, Bike It Now! and PureTrails.
7. Hawke's Bay Trails
It's hard to think of a more delicious place to cycle through than Hawke's Bay. The flat landscape makes for a breezy ride, while the pit stops are the perfect incentive to keep on moving. Of course, you'll find plenty of top-notch wineries, but equally enticing are the art deco buildings, the coastal views and the local artisan stores. This route is broken into four legs, each easy to adapt to the ideal day trip on its own.
E.bike hire: Tākaro Trails.
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