and its travel planning variations
A bicycle tour New Zealand needs some up front decisions to further travel planning. Some involve the NZ cycling tour directly and others your bicycle gear.
The scope of your tour depends on personal preferences and time in the country. On the South Island the cycling itself is a lot more promoted than on the North Island.
In the book Mountain Biking South Island by Dave Mitchell easy to demanding back country rides come to live.
This is probably a result of a widely spread opinion about the south being more picturesque with less traffic on the road. On the other hand New Zealand is not really densely populated. One third of the entire population lives in and around Auckland.
In my opinion both Islands shine with spectacular regions so it really comes down to personal likes and dislikes.
There are different options on how to approach a bicycle tour New Zealand. All have in common that you get the most out of your New Zealand visit and are fine-tuned to your wants.
Considerations of a long term traveller and experienced cyclist vary to those with limited time to explore or the adventurous ones. Who are in search for the thrill in mastering a challenging off-road biking trip .
Every option has its advantages:
On every bicycle tour New Zealand helmets are a must. Like all other vehicles, cyclists drive on the left. Especially around Auckland bicycles have to stay off the motorway. In general the road code for cyclists applies.
Depending on availability cycling paths are recommended within the cities and suburbs. For those starting off in Auckland these printable maps for city, northern, western southern and eastern region of Auckland might come handy.
Preparations to enjoy your holidays in New Zealand keep your skin protected from New Zealand’s intense sun rays. Staying hydrated is important, so include in your travel planning to take enough drinking water. This makes all the difference on longer stretches. Most off all enjoy your ride and the scenery.
With only a limited time at hand why not choose a guided ? Travelling in a group visit the main attractions and do further explorations by bike. Your own or a hired one. The biggest advantage, there is always professional advice of your guide and the opportunity to exchange travel experiences with other travellers.
Further reading online about NZ by bike.
Travel websites about cycling vacations all over the world are here.