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 your progress in the saddle. And it’s free. The Great Rides app was launched last year by trail designer and cartographer Gary Patterson. Since then, Gary has added the Heaphy Track and other bonus trails, plus more than 100 individual trail section maps and descriptions. All up, the app now has more than 1500 pages …
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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 ride along Northland’s Twin Coast Cycle Trail with a gang of friends, including her partner Kim Sinclair and mates from the Manukau Veterans Cycling Club. The photos Kirsten sent gave me faith to believe the endless summer weather will return and that we can keep riding more trails before winter truly arrives. There are always …
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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 simple idea: they just wanted to be able to ride their bikes between Waipu Town and Waipu Cove, a distance of about 10km. (The fact that kids have to ask for safe places to ride their bikes is a poignant reminder that streets everywhere, including the ones we live on, have slowly become hostile spaces, …
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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 means, it’d be the Hauraki Rail Trail! The official website bills it as ‘the easiest riding trail in New Zealand’. I rode the Trail for the first time last weekend with four other people from a range of biking backgrounds, which was a good way to test the ‘easiest riding trail’ theory. The fine print: that’s definitely true as …
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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 of the NZ Cycle Trails, so am happy to claim that the Motu is right up there with the very best. Imagine riding past white-sand surf beaches on dune and boardwalk tracks, exploring quiet historic bullock tracks hewn from rock by farming pioneers, a few exciting downhill runs on old stock tracks through nikau forests alongside fast-flowing …
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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 only were we blessed by a strong back wind all the way. but also there are a couple of real steep big hills that we were glad we were going down not up, one of which had stairs that would have meant carrying bikes (with panniers) up.The first section to Arapuni was filled with healthy …
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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, near Horopito on State Highway 4, just a couple of hundred meters past the National Park turn off (and near the original Smash Palace, for fans of NZ film). The Old Coach Track was part of the first rail line that spanned the North Island from Wellington to Auckland, until it fell into misuse and was, for …
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