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Bike Wise announces finalists for NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle


This summer, Bike Wise asked Kiwis to nominate ‘NZ’s favourite place to cycle’ and thousands of nominations rolled in. This February, which is Bike Wise Month, New Zealanders are asked to vote for their favourite from a shortlist of finalists.

There are five finalists in each of the four competition categories: Nga Haerenga - NZ Cycle Trails, Off-Road and Adventure Rides, Urban Trails and Commutes, and On-Road Rides.

Voting closes on 28 February and Bike Wise will award the highly coveted and most prestigious of accolades – NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle - on 2 March 2015.

Dougal List, National Cycling Manager with the NZ Transport Agency – the organisation which funds and coordinates the Bike Wise programme, says the promotion is all about getting Kiwi’s to identify, share and celebrate their favourite places to cycle throughout New Zealand. Mr List said, “The number of nominations received shows that Kiwis love to cycle and that there are thousands of well-loved places to ride our bikes.”

Whakarewarewa Forest (The Redwoods) in Rotorua was voted NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle in the 2014 Bike Wise promotion.  Marketing Communications Coordinator for Destination Rotorua, Ash Palmer, said, “Being crowned New Zealanders’ favourite place to cycle in 2014 was a great result for The Redwoods and Whakarewarewa Forest. It’s helped to reinforce Rotorua’s reputation as the mountain biking capital of the Southern Hemisphere. The Redwoods are truly spectacular and this award has helped promote Rotorua’s world-class mountain biking trails to an even greater audience.”

To vote, visit link), Facebook(external link) or Survey Monkey(external link). All voters enter a draw to win an Avanti Montari mountain bike and helmet, thanks to Avantiplus.

The finalists for ‘NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle’ are:

NZ Cycle Trail – Nga Haerenga:

  • Great Lake Trail, Taupo
  • Hauraki Rail Trail
  • Hawke’s Bay Trails
  • Otago Rail Trail
  • Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.

Off-Road or Adventure Ride:

  • Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo
  • Makara Mountain Bike Park, Wellington
  • Taupo trails – includes Huka Falls and Aratiatia
  • The Redwoods, Rotorua
  • Wanaka lake and river tracks.

Urban Trail or Commute:

  • Hastings
  • Napier
  • Nelson urban trails
  • New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
  • Taupo lake front trails.


  • Auckland City Bays
  • Port Hills, Christchurch
  • Queen Charlotte Drive, Marlborough
  • Taupo and surrounds
  • Wellington Bays.

For more background information about NZ Favourite Places to Cycle visit:

For more information visit the Bike Wise website(external link) or our Facebook(external link) page. Alternatively you can call freephone 0508 BY BIKE (0508 29 2453) or email

For more information please contact:

Andy Knackstedt
National Media Manager
T: 04 894 6285
M: 021 276 3222