The Big Loop: Biking Around Aotearoa

The Big Loop: Biking Around AotearoaPeople talk about “cycling around New Zealand” – and in 2015, the intrepid Dunc Wilson. person, adventurer, writer and broadcaster, literally did, becoming the first person to circumnavigate Aotearoa… by bike. Why? In classic New Zealand tradition, because it was there. And, because Dunc’s a good egg, he also fundraised nearly $8000 for St John along the …
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The best biking book for Christmas

The best biking book for ChristmasI bet I’m not the only person who spends the wet short days of winter fantasising about summer bike touring around New Zealand. And in the past year, I’ve expanded my dreamfields to the Pacific Islands and Europe. As the days lengthen and the sun becomes more reliable, the urge to grab my best bike …
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Curious about cycle touring? Act on it with ACTA!

Curious about cycle touring? Act on it with ACTA!In late spring heading towards a glorious summer, our thoughts naturally turn to long leisurely bike rides. Oh, the places you can go on two wheels, all around the world. And locally. ACTA – the Auckland Cycle Touring Club – has been leading cycle tours out of Auckland for over half a century! Here’s a quick introduction to this …
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Guest blog: New Year, new horizons – and a promise to keep

Guest blog: New Year, new horizons - and a promise to keepChris Owens is moving from Toronto to Auckland in the New Year to pursue postgraduate studies in the sociology of urban cycling. He also finds himself unexpectedly following in his father’s footsteps, and fulfilling a lifelong dream deferred…  It’s very easy to let oneself settle. To find a comfortable groove, work the grind, and make a bit of hay. …
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Oh, the places you’ll go: a guide for the aspiring cycle tourist

Oh, the places you'll go: a guide for the aspiring cycle touristEver fancied being a tourist on two wheels, seeing it all from the seat of a bicycle? Christopher Dempsey recently made a dream-come-true trip through Argentina on a bike. Here, he shares what he’s learned when it comes to cycle touring… The Bike Despite claims that you can tour on almost any bike (and theoretically, you can – there …
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Tears of the Moon, Sweat of the Sun: A Cycle Tour of Northern Argentina

Tears of the Moon, Sweat of the Sun: A Cycle Tour of Northern ArgentinaChristopher Dempsey made good this year on a long-held dream – to bike through South America. Here he shares the ups and downs of his solo trip over Andean passes and through sleepy little towns… and tells us how it all began.   Canada, the mid-1990s: a cold winter’s day, snow on the ground, -20 outside with windchill …
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Speed, bonny bike, like a bird on the wing – Jane rides the Outer Hebrides

Speed, bonny bike, like a bird on the wing – Jane rides the Outer HebridesIf you’re a paid-up member of Cycle Action, you’ll have received friendly emails from Jane Admore, our cherished membership secretary. She’s also an intrepid bike tourist, and is currently pedalling around the British Isles while waiting for a grandchild to arrive. Here’s her report from the Outer Hebrides…. We’ve only been away for 3 weeks, …
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Around Savai’i on a ‘uila’ – a biking holiday in Samoa

Around Savai'i on a 'uila' - a biking holiday in SamoaIf you want a warm break in winter, enjoy cycling, and only have a week to spare, then consider circumnavigating Savai’i – ‘the big island’ of Samoa. Bruce and Karen Yarnton did, and shared their experience with us… Our plan was to cycle five of the six full days in Samoa, leaving one day for lounging on the coral …
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Have gold card, will cycle – the new bike ambassadors

One of the things I love about getting around by bike and public transport is the people I bump into along the way: I feel like it gives me a snapshot of the new Auckland. A week ago, while en route to the airport bus, I met this smiley, friendly couple on the Devonport ferry with their …
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Lost in Paris… the best way, by bike

Lost in Paris... the best way, by bikeGetting lost in a strange big city is a great way to get under its skin. Getting lost on a bicycle in greater Paris turned out to be exhausting, but merveilleux! Kirsten Shouler reports on her recent adventures in the City of Light and Vélos:  Kim and I had been riding in the south of France, climbing …
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Rimutaka Rail Trail and the Wairarapa calling us down!

Rimutaka Rail Trail and the Wairarapa calling us down!Wow! What a treat it was to host Jonathan Kennett at our monthly Cycle Action meeting last night! He led us, drooling, through alluring photos of every NZ Cycle Trail, describing their highlights and special features. If you missed out last night – you’re lucky – Jolisa will be blogging soon, so you can catch …
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Exploring the outer reaches of our region with PT

Guest blog by Jane Admore, Jane is our highly effective Membership Secretary and an adventurous cycle tourist. Fed up with battling the mean streets of our outer city by bike to reach the country? Or even worse, loading your bike onto the car to get out of town? Public transport is there to help you …
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Filling the Gap for the NZ Cycle Trail in Auckland

Visitors arriving at Auckland Airport have been asking us to advise them on the best route to the centre of Auckland. Cycle Action wanna-be movie producers are responding by filming Airport to CBD route ideas for cycle tourists to find on youtube. We will show them how to navigate into and  through Auckland, and key …
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