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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Riding the trails these holidays? There’s an app for that

Riding the trails these holidays? There's an app for thatIf you’re heading to any of the Great Rides of the NZ Cycle Trail this summer, consider getting the Great Rides app. Billed as New Zealand’s only mobile app for all the Great Rides, it’s packed with information about the 22 trails and the services available along them. It also works offline, letting you track …
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Carpe Diem on the Twin Coast Trail

Carpe Diem on the Twin Coast TrailAs temperatures plummeted overnight last week, I went to bed thinking ‘Ohhh noooo, the end of our cycle trail riding before winter!’ As if by magic, an email arrived the next morning from Bike Auckland’s wonderful friend and leader of Bike Tamaki, Kirsten Shouler. Kirsten was still in a state of rhapsody from her Easter …
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Old-fashioned get up and go gets Waipu a cycleway!

Old-fashioned get up and go gets Waipu a cycleway!When you chat to people about why they’re involved with cycle advocacy, everyone has their own story about imagining a bikeable future. So it is with a savvy and determined group of advocates in Waipu. Five years ago, two young girls at Waipu Primary School – Emily Stolwerk and Ceili Lea – came up with a brilliantly …
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Get out of town! A new bike commuter tackles the Hauraki Rail Trail

Get out of town! A new bike commuter tackles the Hauraki Rail TrailVivian Chandra recently blogged about how the Auckland Bike Challenge got her back into bike commuting, and now she’s extending her range by venturing out onto the rail trails. Here’s her story of a great weekend ride, close to home…  If there was one quick way you could describe to tourists what being a Kiwi …
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Need a battery recharge? We recommend the Motu and Rere Falls Trails and Pakahi Track

Need a battery recharge? We recommend the Motu and Rere Falls Trails and Pakahi TrackSome bike trails have an aura that stays with you for weeks after riding them. You linger over photos of the trip and take every opportunity to tell your friends about the biking bliss. That’s exactly how my gang felt after riding Opotiki’s Motu Dunes and Road Trails and Pakihi Track late in 2014. I’ve ridden most …
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Up the Waikato River Trail without a paddle

Up the Waikato River Trail without a paddleLooking for a summer bike trip just out of town? Richard Barter took an exhilarating two-day run along the Waikato River Trail a few weeks ago, and thoroughly recommends it. The Waikato River Trail is 100km of magical riverside spaces, adrenaline-charged switchbacks, and dams… big dams. We started from the Karapiro end, which proved to be a bonus. Not …
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Riding the Ohakune Old Coach Road – an out of town adventure

Riding the Ohakune Old Coach Road - an out of town adventureWith the long weekend ahead, our thoughts turn to out-of-town bike trails. Our events guru Jessica Rose rode the Old Coach Road in autumn, and loved it.  If anyone is heading out of town for a trip to (or near!) the snow, try taking a look at the Old Coach Road. This is en route to Ohakune, …
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Zane rides the Timber Trail – Part 2 of 2

Zane rides the Timber Trail - Part 2 of 2We left Zane in the middle of a suspension bridge, just about halfway through the magnificent Timber Trail. Rejoin the story as he heads downhill all the way home…  After an exciting downhill ride along the road, exposed to the sun for some time, there’s a river you must stop by to cool off, the water …
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Zane rides the Timber Trail – Part 1 of 2

Zane rides the Timber Trail - Part 1 of 2We’ve written about the fabulous Timber Trail before, one of the most spectacular stretches of the NZ Cycle Trail (and home to the longest bike trail suspension bridge in the country). So we couldn’t resist revisiting it via this atmospheric account from our pal Zane Bray. In part one of a two-part story, Zane arrives in the friendly ghost-town of Ongarue, and sets off …
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From shore to shining shore – Jonathan Kennett’s vision

From shore to shining shore - Jonathan Kennett's visionWhat a delight it was to have Jonathan Kennett in town last week – one of the legendary Kennett Brothers, who have done so much for cycling in New Zealand. We say “legendary”, because Jonathan and his brothers are a  powerhouse – they didn’t just help create many of the bike trails we all now take for granted, …
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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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Meet Paeroa’s bike champ – Warwick Marshall

Meet Paeroa's bike champ - Warwick MarshallPaeroa is not just the home of that famous fizzy drink; it’s also the bubbling hub of the Hauraki Rail Trail. If you’re on a bike, all paths lead to Paeroa… and through it… and from it. And that’s precisely what Warwick Marshall, the energetic force behind Cycle Action Paeroa, wants to take advantage of. You see, …
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April Guest Speaker: Jonathan Kennett

April Guest Speaker: Jonathan KennettWe’re delighted to announce our guest speaker for our next monthly meeting: Jonathan Kennett. WHEN: Thursday 30 April, 6pm WHERE: Ellen Melville Hall, High St.  Jonathan wrote the book on biking around New Zealand. That’s not a metaphor – he really did write the book, a whole bunch of them! Along with his brothers, he’s a …
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A little gem waiting to be explored – Motu Trail

The weather gods could have been kinder, but a day of drizzle last weekend didn’t spoil our pleasure in the Motu Trail. I think it’s up there with the best of the North Island trails, so recommend you do it soon! We left Auckland 2pm on Saturday, arriving at our motel in Opotiki about 6.30pm. …
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