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cycling in New Zealand?(7 posts)

cycling in New Zealand?nardis
Aug 21, 2003 1:56 PM
I'm off to New Zealand (from So Cal) in a couple weeks and am curious if anyone has any cycling recommendations (where to ride, bike rental, etc). I have been googling and have a few ideas, but would also appreciate any personal experiences.


re: cycling in New Zealand?Peter E
Aug 21, 2003 4:29 PM
Where in New Zealand are you going to? It's quite different depending on where you are of to.

What you will be in for are probably some fairly ok climbing. I'm from Sweden and have lived in Auckland for about 6 months now and i really enjoy biking here. There are some troubles such as unsteady weather (this goes especially for Auckland) rough roads (slow sealing as compared to what i'm used to) and small roads that do not leave much space for both cars and bicyclists.

But i love the climbs and the scenery and the fact that you are able to bike outdoors allyear round is a sweet treat atleast for me. The scenery in this country is so good that you will just go on and enjoy yourself. I've done all of the neighbourhoods of Auckland with wescoast as favourite and i've also been on a bike-trip up on northland which was great.

Something i noticed on my northland trip is that the saying about friendly people in this country really is true. If you get some problems on your way, you will always manage to solve them thanks to generous help from everyone

Hope you will enjoy your time here and ask me if there is more you want to know.
re: cycling in New Zealand?Caadrider
Aug 21, 2003 6:51 PM
Hey Colin,
Where are you going to be staying?
Im a native Kiwi and would be happy to give you some info, do you like hills or flat?
What sort of bike do you want to rent?
There are many events comming up also so give an idea of when you will be here and I will see what we can find.
Do you also ride MTB?
re: cycling in New Zealand?kiwisimon
Aug 21, 2003 7:10 PM
Another kiwi here Colin ,so let people know where you are going to and we'll be able to hook you up. Generally the cycling is great with not too much traffic and a wide variety of terrain to choose from.
re: cycling in New Zealand?nardis
Aug 22, 2003 9:53 AM
Hey guys,

Thanks for offering the help. I'm flying into Auckland August 30th and will be departing September 7th. My brother is Auckland now for work and I am meeting them there to travel a bit and see the country. We plan on winging it and planning things on the go. We do plan on flying down to visit the Milford Sound. We also want to kayak and do some spelunking, but being a cyclist (and in the midst of training), I'd love to get out and ride.

I ride road primarily and my brother is a mtn biker. But seeing as he is nursing an injury, I think us riding road will prevail. But if there is some single track not to be missed, he may have to wait for me at the bottom. Regardless, I love to rent a couple decent road bikes and ride and see the countryside. Hills or flats make no difference, I would like to spin and see some nice sights. A relatively short distance, for his sake... maybe 30-50k.

Again, thanks for the help. Please feel free to email me off the list...

colinis AT
re: cycling in New Zealand?kiwisimon
Aug 23, 2003 2:55 PM
Probably get on the web and look for a bike shop in auckland to rent you a roadie for a few hours, the south island has some great scenery but the good thing about new zealand is there are no cities in the countryside so apart from christchurch auckland or wellington you'll have problems hooking up a roadie for just a day ride. Your brother can get his mtb fix in Queenstown its our answer to Boulder and the kayaking in Milford is highly recommended. I'll try and give you some adresses in a later post
cheers and see if you can stay longer its really not long enough just one week.
re: cycling in New Zealand?kiwisimon
Aug 23, 2003 3:09 PM
try these guys

have fun

from a kiwi in japan