New Zealand's favourite place to cycle


This summer, Bike Wise asked Kiwis to nominate and vote for their favourite places to cycle from around New Zealand. After receiving thousands of votes, New Zealand has spoken!

New Zealand's favourite place to cycle

The winner of the esteemed title of ‘NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle’ is The Redwoods in Rotorua.

The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) also took out the category win for NZ’s favourite ‘off-road/adventure ride’ this year.  Areas from around NZ competed against each other in four categories with the winners decided by popular vote.  The 2015 category winners are:

  • Nga Haerenga - NZ Cycle Trail: Otago Rail Trail
  • Off-Road or Adventure Ride and overall winner: The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest), Rotorua
  • Urban Trail or Commute: Taupo lake front trails
  • On-Road Ride: Taupo and surrounds

Dougal List, National Cycling Manager for the NZ Transport Agency, the organisation which funds and coordinates Bike Wise, says the competition is about Kiwi’s identifying, sharing and celebrating their favourite places to cycle. 

“The many thousands of votes and nominations received demonstrate just how many Kiwis love to cycle and the myriad of well-loved places where we can ride our bikes.

“The Redwoods in Rotorua has taken out NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle two years running, so it shows what a popular destination this is for people who cycle,” says Mr List.

NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle competition was first launched in February 2014 to celebrate Bike Wise Month, which takes place in February each year and involves a festival of fun cycling events.

Nearly 60,000 people participated in over 340 events across New Zealand during Bike Wise month 2015.

For more background information about NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle visit the Bike Wise website(external link).