Transport Your E-Bike Between the North and South Islands
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by tnt admin
2w ago
Transporting an e-bike between the North and South Islands of New Zealand can be a bit of a challenge due to safety restriction imposed by local airlines. Airlines will not allow you to fly with your e-bike and its battery, as lithium batteries are considered hazardous for air travel. This means that you’ll need to make alternative arrangements to get your e-bike across the Cook Strait. Fortunately, Mainfreight, a well-known freight forwarder, offers a reliable solution but there are other providers: for a comparison quote and service offering, also see Wise Move and their page on moving bikes ..read more
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Cycling touring in NZ: dos and do nots
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by tnt admin
2M ago
A post primarily for European cycle tourists visiting New Zealand. New Zealand does not have a transport system like Europe. We have very limited public transport (trains and buses) so people rely on private motor vehicles and most of our freight is on trucks, on the roading network. This makes our roads dangerous and noisy for cyclists. Many roads don’t have an adequate shoulder (space on the left to ride) or the shoulder has debris on it. Passing cars and trucks can be going 100kmph and generally NZ drivers are unaccommodating to other road users. In other words, don’t come to New Zealand to ..read more
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Embark on the Kopiko Aotearoa Trail: Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit
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by tnt admin
11M ago
Are you ready to embark on a cycling adventure like no other? Look no further than the Kōpiko Aotearoa Trail – a 1,060 kilometer journey that promises unparalleled challenges, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable experiences. In this blog post, we delve into the 5 reasons why riding the Kōpiko Aotearoa Trail should be on your cycle trip bucket list. Embrace the Ultimate Challenge: The Kōpiko Aotearoa presents a formidable physical challenge, with a staggering 17,000 meters of vertical climbing—equivalent to conquering almost two Mt Everests. It’s a test of endurance and determination th ..read more
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Cycling in Remote Places
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by tnt admin
1y ago
It’s awesome to be in a forest or mountain pass, well away from the city, riding under your own steam on your bike but there are a few things you have to cover off to keep yourself and others safe. Mobile phones are certainly handy in a city but far less so in remote places. The signal is patchy – if there at all – and if you were relying on it as your main lifeline then that’s probably a poor strategy. The phone might give you a false sense of security so let’s discuss some of the simple and practical things you can do to keep yourself safe. NZ Mobile coverage map here. The Weather For a Kiwi ..read more
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Make your Phone battery last all day
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by tnt admin
1y ago
It’s a problem: you are riding all day, perhaps bikepacking and your phone battery is giving up at 2 pm but you are nowhere near finished for the day. It’s pretty important as you may also be using your phone to navigate, to see how far you have come/have to go and for emergency calls. Typically we are mapping or recording our ride on Strava, Bike Tracks or similar, or taking pictures and video or just locating the nearest latte, etc – so how do you get your phone to go the distance? Here are some phone charging and discharging tips: First of all, fast charging: put your phone in flight mode ..read more
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How to Prepare Your Bike for a Flight
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by tnt admin
1y ago
Having your own bike when you travel is great – your bike is normally much better than a hire bike and it fits you perfectly but traveling with your bike can be a challenge. The airlines will require you to box or bag your bike. You can buy a fancy bike bag or case, but these tend to be very pricey and get damaged in transit quickly. In NZ, you can buy a bike box from Air NZ for $25 per flight or get a free one from a bike shop. If you get a bike shop box, make sure it is the right size for your bike. Air NZ has some specific intructions for packing your bike on this page: https://www.airnewz ..read more
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Mixing powered and unpowered cyclists
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by tnt admin
1y ago
As a cycle guide, I’ve seen a growing trend in the use of electric bikes or ebikes on group cycle trips. While ebikes have made cycling more accessible to older or less physically fit riders, they also present unique challenges when mixed with human-powered bikes on mixed or hilly trails. In order to ensure the safety and cohesion of the group, there are a few workarounds that can be implemented to make sure everyone enjoys the ride. Ebikers pause at the highest point One common challenge with ebikes is that they can travel much faster than human-powered bikes, which can cause them to get far ..read more
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Great Lake Trail
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by tnt admin
1y ago
As a cyclist, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting trails to explore. And if you’re looking for an adventure that combines stunning natural beauty with a thrilling ride, then you should definitely check out the Great Lake Trail in New Zealand. The Great Lake Trail is a 71-kilometre trail that winds its way around the shores of Lake Taupo, one of New Zealand’s largest and most beautiful lakes. The trail is divided into several sections, but in this post, I will be focusing on the Western Bay section and the Kinloch area. The Great Lake Trail is Grade 2 to 3. It has a number of places ..read more
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Tasman’s Great Taste Trail
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by tnt admin
1y ago
The Tasman’s Great Taste Trail is a food and wine lover’s paradise located south of Nelson in the beautiful Tasman district of New Zealand. Nestled in the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Nelson is known for its stunning natural beauty, as gateway to the Kahurangi National Park and its abundance of fresh, local produce. The Tasman’s Great Taste Trail can be a self-guided cycle trail that takes visitors through the region’s best food and wine experiences, from artisanal cheese makers and craft breweries to wineries and orchards. Details can be found on the Great Rides app or the apps ded ..read more
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Motu Trails
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by tnt admin
1y ago
Exploring the Motu Trails of the East Cape of New Zealand If you’re looking for a unique and exciting cycling adventure, look no further than the Motu Trails on the East Cape of New Zealand. This trail network offers a fantastic mix of stunning natural beauty, rich history, and cycling experiences that will satisfy even the adventurous cyclists. And the best part? These trails were in part built and are maintained by local volunteers who have poured their heart and soul into creating this amazing cycling network. The Motu Trails are a collection of trails that have been developed over recent y ..read more
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