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The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free workplace challenge designed to encouraged New Zealanders to make everyday trips by bike, with tailored guidance and tips and the chance to win some great prizes, including e-bikes.

To encourage more people to discover how easy and enjoyable riding a bike can be, the Transport Agency partnered with Love to Ride to develop the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, a national bike initiative.

Organisations from across New Zealand are encouraged to take part, getting their staff and teams to compete to see who can get the most people to ride a bike.

Aotearoa Bike Challenge website(external link)

Aotearoa Bike Challenge – February 2019 banner

February 2019 – Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Media releases

Over 20,000 New Zealanders taking part in 2019 Aotearoa Bike Challenge – NZ Transport Agency, 18 February 2019

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is back for 2019 – NZ Transport Agency, 23 January 2019

February 2018 – Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Throughout the month of February participants made more than 159,000 trips by bike, cycling an impressive 2,156,800 million kilometres in total. That's over 150,000 more kilometres than 2017's effort.

2018 Aotearoa Bike Challenge prize winners(external link)

Media releases

Over 14,000 Kiwis set their wheels in motion in Aotearoa Bike Challenge – NZ Transport Agency, 6 March 2018

Aotearoa Bike Challenge returns in February(external link) – Beehive statement, 23 January 2018

October 2017 – Aotearoa mini Bike Challenge

In October 2017 we brought back a special 'lean' edition of the challenge.  The Aotearoa mini Bike Challenge was the perfect chance for participants to see if they could best their mark from February 2017, set themselves a new challenge, or learn a new riding skill. 

More than 5,200 New Zealanders got on their bikes during the October mini challenge including almost 4,000 new riders.

Media release

Over 5,000 Kiwis accept spring cycling challenge – NZ Transport Agency, 1 November 2017

February 2017 – Aotearoa Bike Challenge

The first, national Aotearoa Bike Challenge in February 2017 successfully encouraged more Kiwis to cycle, with more than 14,000 people from over 1000 organisations taking part, including almost 4000 new riders.

During the Challenge participants made more than 150,000 trips by bike, and cycled an impressive 1.99 million kilometres.

Media release

Nearly 2 million kilometres cycled in first Aotearoa Bike Challenge – NZ Transport Agency, 9 March 2017