3 March 2016
Rotorua remains New Zealand’s favourite off-road and adventure riding destination.
Otago Central Rail Trail took the overall national title of New Zealand’s favourite place to cycle – a title held by Rotorua in 2014 and 2015. However, Rotorua took out the Off-road or Adventure Ride category and came a close second in the national stakes, according to NZ Transport Agency.
Kiwis voted for their favourite place to ride during national Bike Wise month (February).
Queenstown Trail was in third place overall.
Tracks competed for the coveted national title across four categories - Nga Haerenga-NZ Cycle Trail, Off-Road or Adventure Ride, Urban Trail or Commute and On-Road Ride.
As well as the National title, the Otago Rail Trail took out the category win for Nga Haerenga - NZ Cycle Trail.
Dougal List, National Cycling Manager for the NZ Transport Agency, says the competition is a great chance for Kiwis to showcase their favourite places to cycle.
“Throughout Bike Wise Month, nearly 10,000 votes were cast to help us find NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle. This demonstrates how many Kiwis love to share their favourite spots around the country,” he said.
“The Otago Central Rail Trail is a fantastic track, and is a well-deserved winner of NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle.”
Kate Wilson, Otago Central Rail Trail Trust Chairperson is delighted with the competition’s outcome.
“We are so grateful to the voters for the endorsement of the work of the Trust, DoC, all the businesses, communities and stakeholders who contribute to the Trail being a world-class experience,” she said.
“Being the original Great Ride, we are thrilled to still be recognised today and look forward to releasing some new plans for even better things in the next few months.”
Richard Leggat, NZ Cycle Trail Chair is thrilled with this year’s result, and congratulates the Otago Central Rail Trail for their win.
“Here at the NZ Cycle Trail, we have always recognised the Otago Central Rail Trail as the original Great Ride. The development of this iconic trail has paid dividends, created a fantastic tourism resource for New Zealand and led to the successful creation of 2,500km of Nga Haerenga, the NZ Cycle Trail,” he said.
After nearly 2000 nominations and nearly 10,000 votes, the 2016 category winners are:
Nga Haerenga – NZ Cycle Trail: Otago Central Rail Trail
Off-Road or Adventure Ride: Rotorua Redwoods
Urban Trail or Commute: Napier
On-Road Ride: Taupo and surrounds
NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle competition was launched in February 2014 to celebrate Bike Wise Month, which takes place in February each year. In 2014 and 2015, Rotorua’s Redwoods took top honours.
More than 55,000 Kiwis participated in more than 550 events across Bike Wise Month in February 2016.
For more information about NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle, visit www.bikewise.co.nz.