JaneHebrides1Urban biking is improving, but other delights abound beyond the city. And it’s not hard to get to them without lashing your bike to the car: the Northwestern cycleway, the ferries to Whangaparaoa, Waiheke & Coromandel (and, on weekdays only for now, to Hobsonville and Pine Harbour/Beachlands) give you a huge range of options for a great ride.

You can start small with a day trip, or make a weekend of it with B & B comfort, basic camping in the Regional Parks, or nicely set-up camping grounds.

Beyond the local region and all across New Zealand, the increasing network of Nga Haerenga- NZ Cycle Trails is world-renowned. Over summer, northern hemisphere cyclists join package tours, or ride & camp independently. Some stay with locals who are part of Warm Showers – a network of cycle tourists hosting cycle tourists – which is a great way for making contacts when you want to cycle further afield yourself. The world’s the limit!

Here are a few options for getting started. We’ll update this list as we go, and always appreciate your suggestions.