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Top places to ride in Christchurch
Recently reopened following the Port Hills fires, the Adventure Park caters to a range of skills with a variety of mountain biking tracks for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.
Perfect for a family ride, with mostly flat terrain. There are options for either a 7km family loop ride or a 10km round trip – coastal ride to Spencer park
Running from the University of Canterbury to the Central City, this urban route offers easy cycling access to a number of high schools and intermediate schools along with Canterbury University.
This recently opened cycleway connects Northlands to the Central City to give a safer option for cyclists travelling into the Central City from the northern suburbs.
A 15 minute drive out of Christchurch and perfect for family rides with all ages and skill levels. The forest offers three mountain bike loops and 17km of trail in total. Bike hire is also available on site.
Top spots to cycle in Auckland
The Devonport to Takapuna Great Ride includes paths, boardwalks and bridges weaving through parks, mangroves, and heritage streets. The ride is 9.5km and takes around 40 minutes.
Just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland, with the option to hire or bring your own mountain bike. Purpose-built tracks for a range of skill levels and abilities – perfect for beginner to advanced riders.
The Auckland City waterfront ride is a great way to explore the central city. The route is entirely off the road, paved and flat, making it perfect for new riders.
A great route for a family day out – the path is mainly flat and sealed, covering a range of environments from the beach and estuary to bush trails and parks.
A scenic, easy, family friendly ride, taking around 30 minutes. The Rotary Centennial Bike Trail runs 1.2km through the park and has been designed to help kids learn to ride and improve their skills.