• The Hokianga boardwalk section is one of the longest in the country

A Great Ride – Northland’s Coast to Coast

November 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Some people are drawn to books in order to cultivate their imagination; others seek the arts for inspiration; in my case, it’s physical geography that moves me. The act of unfolding maps that unfold landscapes in my mind, building the spatial memories I seek. Like reading a new book filled with interesting characters, I look [...]

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

As the trail enters the sixth season of business, it’s timely to take a moment and consider two of the issues that come up when you are planning to ride this trail. How long do you have available to ride the trail? The Alps2Ocean trail has eight sections – with a ninth section offered as [...]

  • Riders on the stony riverbed at the track end. Photo: Steve Knowles

Pakihi Adventure

December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Over a sinuous 20km, the Pakihi Track twists from high on the Motu Road to a road-end south of Opotiki, in the eastern Bay of Plenty. The track was reopened after a mammoth effort in 2012. It’s part of the Motu Trails, one of 23 Great Rides on the New Zealand Cycle Trail. While the [...]

  • Justine takes a break beside the sparkling Kawarau River

Christchurch South and Return – The ‘H’ Word

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The ‘H’ word used to strike terror in my heart. They were horrific things to be avoided at all costs. Now I find them exhilarating … as long as they are not too narrow, boulder-strewn, or on the edge of a precipice. Hills are of no consequence to an e-biker, a mere blip on the [...]

  • The views towards the Arthur Range are outstanding and breathtaking. 
Photo - Chocolate Dog Studio

A Great Ride – A Tempting Treat

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

In the past few years most of my bike trips to Nelson were to map (or survive) the advanced mountain bike trails high in the hills behind town. So when I heard a new section of the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail just opened I stripped off my armour shell and popped on a bike bell [...]

  • The 10km (return trip) Greytown-Woodside Trail is a dual purpose track that follows the route of the Greytown-Woodside branch rail line which closed in 1953

Cycle Trails – Have two wheels, Will Travel

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

As a different way to explore a new region, there’s nothing better than pedalling your way around. You can make the most of hidden gems along the way and take time to enjoy those incredible views. It’s also another way to connect with the land and its people. The Wairarapa, a large geographical area located [...]

  • The massive suspension bridges on this trail were both stunning and daunting

A Great Ride – A Rekindled Treasure

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Long before the cycle trail wound its way around Mt Pureora, the walking track to the summit held a warm place in my heart. On one of the first dates with my girlfriend, wearing swannies and hats against the cold, we tramped through the cloud forest and overlooked the little-known forest park. A quarter of [...]

  • Cycling through golden fields - near Jollie carpark, Aoraki/Mt Cook in the background

Alps 2 Ocean one of New Zealand’s Great Rides

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km formed cycling trail that takes you from the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook to the Pacific Ocean at Oamaru, and is New Zealand’s longest continuous cycle trail. It features a mix of surfaces from formed smooth shingle and dirt tracks, to gravel roads. There are also small [...]