Want to explore 800 years of Maori settlement? How about riding in some of New Zealand's most ancient forests? Or follow in the footsteps of early European settlers? This itinerary is packed full of history and tales as you explore five of the Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail – Nga Haerenga.
The cycle trails of the Central North Island are steeped in history. From the early Maori who first arrived on these shores in the 13th century to the early European settlers many of the trails feature direct links to these people and their history. Complete with informative local museums, attractions and many detailed interpretation boards this five-trail itinerary will take you between 8-17 days to complete.
If you don't have the time to complete them all in one trip, why not pick them off one at a time. Either way by the time you get these completed you'll be an expert on some areas of New Zealand that very few get to visit.