Autumn revolutions – six great rides and fantastic festivals

Published on : Wednesday, April 5, 2017

unnamedGolden landscapes, luscious late harvest, mellow weather and fewer crowds make autumn a terrific time to explore the New Zealand Cycle Trail’s 23 Great Rides – with an action-packed festival calendar adding even more excitement into the mix. So, if your idea of an awesome autumn is good times and great biking, check out these six cracking combos.

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail & Marchfest
Winding through picturesque inland and coastal scenes at the sunny top of the South Island, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail dishes up cycle rides of various lengths, generously laced with cafes, wineries, breweries and fruit stalls along with galleries, shops, and other enticing stops. Held during the hop harvest at Nelson’s Founders Heritage Park, Marchfest celebrates the region’s bounty with lashings of local brews, wine, cider and delicious food, alongside music and fun for all ages. The daylong festival is the final fling of Nelson Beer Week (18–26 March) during which the region is awash with other beer-related events.

Hauraki Rail Trail & Whangamata Beach Hop
A fan of the ‘50s and fast cars? Hit the Whangamata Beach Hop (22–26 March) on the Coromandel Peninsula with its endless summer vibe. Over five days in late March, this ripper seaside resort celebrates all things rock ‘n’ roll with hot rods and other petrol-hedonism, vintage fashion, swinging bands, an old-school surf fest and many other retro spectacles. The nostalgia keeps rolling on the Hauraki Rail Trail, just an hour’s drive away. One of the scenic highlights of this easy, 82km countryside cruise is Karangahake Gorge, a rocky ravine lined with gold mining relics galore and an unforgettable 1100-metre long railway tunnel that will give you a wicked case of the wobbles. And, from 1 April, you could be one of the first to ride the new 48km section all the way to the beautiful Miranda sea coast.

Crankworx & The Timber Trail
In late March, bike fanatics need look no further than the heart of the North Island for awesomeness on and off the track. Get into the zone on the Timber Trail, a 1–2 day ride through remote Pureora Forest with its towering trees, abandoned timber-milling relics and epic suspension bridges. Less than 90 minutes’ drive away, New Zealand’s hottest geothermal and MTB hub – Rotorua – hosts the world’s largest mountain biking festival. Crankworx is nine days of enduro, slopestyle, downhill, other daredevil events and entertainment, (25 March–2 April), and a chance to see the legendary Skyline Gravity Park and Whakarewarewa Forest at full tilt.

Queenstown Trail & Queenstown Bike Festival
The ridiculously popular resort of Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most exciting cycling destinations. It cranks into top gear during the annual Queenstown Bike Festival (8–22 April) – two weeks of races, skills comps and often crazy special events held when Queeny’s crowds are noticeably thinner. Hooray! In and around the festival there’s plenty of opportunity to experience the Queenstown Trail, the region’s epic cycleway network offering countless routes sandwiching stacks of must-see attractions between slices of mountain scenery all the more magnificent in autumn colours.


Source:-Tourism New Zealand

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