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Six Great Rides on the New Zealand Cycle Trail

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Six Great Rides on the New Zealand Cycle Trail

<p>New Zealand’s Great Rides consist of 2500 km of predominantly off road trails, offering a variety of challenges for beginner and experienced cycle tourists. This course provides an overview of six

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New Zealand’s Great Rides consist of 2500 km of predominantly off road trails, offering a variety of challenges for beginner and experienced cycle tourists. This course provides an overview of six of the best rides and includes information on organising independent tours as well as accessing support and even guides, where available. The course will be supported with an extensive collection of images, maps and notes.


*COURSE OUTLINE *

  • What are the great rides? An introduction to the Great Rides website. How fit do I need to be to complete one of the great rides? What does it cost to do a Great Ride? Should I choose an organised tour or DIY?
  • Central Otago Rail Trail: This is the original New Zealand Great Ride. For good reason, it is now one of the 10 biggest tourist attractions in New Zealand. The 160km ride provides a gentle introduction to New Zealand cycle touring as it follows a disused railway line with minimal inclines. The trail is notable for its extraordinary Central Otago scenery and great food and accommodation options. The influx of visitors to ride the trail has also led to the rebirth of many small towns which had fallen on hard times after the railway closed in 1990.
  • Roxburgh Gorge Trail: A more recent addition to the Central Otago trail network. This 34km ride can be done on its own, or it can be ridden as part of an extended Central Otago Rail Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail tour.
  • Clutha Gold Trail: Another recent addition to the Central Otago network. This 73km ride offers great insights into the Maori and European history of the region as well as classic vistas of New Zealand rural countryside. Clutha, Roxburgh and the original Otago trailsl can be ridden together, making for a reasonably challenging 250km multi day ride.
  • West Coast Wilderness Trail: One of the newest trails in the network, takes the rider out to the wild west coast of New Zealand. Starting in Greymouth, the trail traverses disused railway and tram lines as well as purpose built bike paths that take the rider into sparsely inhabited towns as well as through stunning wilderness normally only accessible for bushwalkers.
  • Alps to Ocean Trail: At just over 300km in length, the Alps to Ocean trail is one of the longest of the Great Rides. It is arguably the most physically challenging of the rides. Starting at the base of Mt Cook, the trail follows glacial lakes, hydro dams and quintessential New Zealand rural countryside, in an unforgettable multi day tour.
  • Rimutaka Trail: A stunning ride based around Wellington. A mix of open countryside, disused rail lines and beautiful beach scenery makes for a 3 day adventure covering close to 150km. This relatively new ride continues to grow in popularity.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the physical demands of each of the rides.
  2. Prepare an independent itinerary for each of the rides
  3. Access support or guides as available.
  4. Gain an insight into the challenges and rewards of embarking on any of the Great Rides.