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Priorities (in order);
  1. The West Coast (South Island)
  2. Nelson (South Island)
  3. Queenstown (South Island)
  4. Rotorua (North Island)
  5. East Cape (North Island)
  6. Coromandel or Bay of Plenty (North Island)
If you have less than a month in New Zealand, spend it all in the South Island.

Try to avoid;

Route ideas you can also be discussed in our Cycle Touring Forum page.

Here's an (unfinished) indexed review of rides published in various books:


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Escaping Auckland Airport
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
Routes; into the city, to motorcamps, and going south.
Alternatively jump on a shuttle into town - it's just a 20km ride through busy city suburbs roads. Not much fun.

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Auckland Day Rides
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
Three day rides; 50 km loop, Waitakere Ranges, Waiheke Island.

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Northland
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
12 days, 1010-1069 km
Route; Auckland-Warkworth, -Whangaarei, -Russell via Kawakawa or Helena Bay, -Whangaroa, -Pukenui/Houhora, -Cape Reinga, -Kaitaia, -Rawene direct or via Broadwood, -Trounson Kauri Park, -Pahi, -Helensville, -Auckland.

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Coromandel Peninsula
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
7-9 days, 466-897 km
Route; Auckland-Thames, -Coromandel, plus North Coromandel Loop option, -Whitianga, -Whangamata, -Te Aroha, -Kaiaua, -Auckland. Plus Whangamata-Tauranga, -Whakatane. Plus Tauranga-Rotorua via Ngawero or via Te Puke.

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Auckland to Wellington via Wanganui
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
6-9 days, 604-761 kms
Route; Auckland- Kaiaua, -Cambridge, -Lake Waipapa, -Tokaanu, -Raetihi/Pipiriki, -Wanganui via the Whanaganui River or via Mangwhero River, -Levin or Palmerston North, -Wellington.

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Auckland to Wellington via East Cape
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
10-16 days, 1191-1528 km
Route; Auckland-Kaiaua, -Te Aroha, -Rotorua, plus Lake Tarawera option, -Whakatane, -Opape, -Te Kaha, -Opape, -Te Kaha, -Te Araroa, -Tokomaru Bay, -Gisbourne, -Wairoa, -Napier, plus Hawkes Bay options, -Dannevirke, -Masterton, -Wellington. Option Rotorua-Taupo, -Tokaanu.

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Wellington
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
Intro to/info on Wellington, plus three day rides; Island Bay, Makara, and Rimutaka Circuit.

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Wellington to Auckland via The King Country
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
8-10 days, 731-819 km
Route; Wellington-Palmerston North, -Wanganui, -Hawera, -New Plymouth via Stratford or via Opunake, -Awakino, -Waitomo Caves via Te Kuiti or via Makakopa, -Huntly or Hamilton, -Auckland.

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Picton to Christchurch
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
3-5 days, 346 km
Route; Picton-Seddon, -Kaikoura, -Cheviot, -Christchurch.

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Christchurch
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
Intro and info on CHristchurch, plus two day trips; Northern Summit Road, and Summit Road and Lyttleton. Also a three day ride; Christchurch-Akaroa, -Diamond Harbour, -Christchurch.

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Southern Alps Circuit
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
7-8 days, 573-736 km
Routes; Christhcurch-Lake Coleridge, -Arthurs Pass, -Moana, -Reefton, - Maruia Springs, -Hanmer Spring, -Rangiora, -Alforn Forest. Option; Christhcurch-Springfield, -Arthurs Pass. Option; Arthurs Pass-Greymouth, -Reefton.

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Christchurch to Queenstown
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
6-9 days, 484-634 km
Route; Christchurch-Rakaia Gorge/Alfond Forest, -Geraldine, -Lake Tekapo, -Omarama, Mount Cook side trip, -Cromwell, Arrowtown/Queenstown. Option; Omarama-Wanaka, -Arrowtown/Queenstown.

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Otago and Southland
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
10-15 days, 747-1155 km
Route; Queenstown-Mavora Lakes, -Te Anau/Manapouri, or Queenstown-Kingston, -Te Anau/Manapouri, Milford Sound side trip, -Tuatapere, -Invercargill, -Curio Bay, -Pounawea, -Lake Waihola, -Dunedin, Otago Peninsula side trip, -Middle March, -Naseby, -Alexandra, -Queenstown or Wanaka or Hawea. Option; Dunedin-Lawrence, -Alexandra.

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The West Coast and Nelson
See New Zealand by Bike by Bruce Ringer.
10-12 days, 837-908 km or 15-16 days, 1,222+ km
Routes; Wanaka-Makarora, -Okuru/Lake Moeraki, -Okuru or Lake Moraki, -Fox Glacier, -The Forks or Okarito, -Ross, -Greymouth or Rapahoe, -Charleston or Westport. Westport options; Cape Foulwind, Denniston, Karamea. Westport-Murchison, -St. Arnaud, -Nelson or Picton via Spring Creek. Nelson-Havelock, -Picton via Queen Charlotte Drive. Nelson options; -Takaka, Collingwood.

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