News and Inspiration

Here, you will find plenty of cycling news & inspiration to help you plan your ride. At Cycle Journeys we want to share ideas and useful information to help you plan the best cycling trip yet. Whether it is travel inspiration, trail updates, local cycling news, or fitness tips, we are constantly updating our blog posts, so have a scroll through our categories and start planning!

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Happy Cycling – the Cycle Journeys team.

Customer Stories

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Alps 2 Ocean Fishing

Dave took the opportunity to get the best of both worlds, and experience some great fishing whilst riding the spectacular Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
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Graeme & Friends – Post Trip Interview

We're lucky enough to work with some fantastic clients, and Graeme's group was no exception! The group comprised of a bunch of friends or people who knew of each other. Key criteria, each member wanted to experience the ride, have a sense of humour, and to have fun! It certainly worked a treat.
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Dianne and Peter – Post trip interview

Due to COVID-19, their overseas trip was cancelled - so what better way than to explore their own backyard by bike. We caught up with Dianne recently to ask her a few questions about their experience on the Wilderness Trail.

Accommodation Features

Noahs Ark Backpackers

Noah’s Ark Backpackers

Tucked on the hillside close to the centre of town is Noah’s Ark Backpackers, providing refuge and company for many travellers. In recent months we have placed groups with the backpackers and it became obvious we needed to go and visit Lynda and her partner Harry.
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Blackball Tiny Houses

The Paparoa Track has a strong attraction for both walkers and cyclists alike, and the track designers were focused on building this trail to maximise opportunities for locals to respond to these opportunities.
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Ross Top 10 Holiday Park

In a rugged environment like the West Coast, containers seem to be an obvious and ideal choice of accommodation, and it was a delight to stay, complete with beautiful weather and a walk on the next door beach.

Trail Inspiration

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Waitaki Valley’s Place in History

Riding past the historic Waitaki Dam, its hard to know that this has a strong claim to fame as part of NZ’s social and construction history.
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Cycling in Germany, Austria & Switzerland

It may sound exotic but cycling in Europe with four women plus Siri came with a few challenges.
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The Paparoa Track

The Paparoa Track will be New Zealand’s 10th Great Walk, and the first Great Walk designed for both mountain bikers and walkers.

Preparation

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4 Reasons Why you Should Cycle the Alps 2 Ocean in Autumn

Winter doesn’t set in until June, which leaves April and May as a great time of year to cycle the A2O. Not only is the scenery stunning in Autumn, you can avoid the summer rush, and enjoy a relaxed ride...
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All About Gears

We summarise some of the key points of modern bicycle gearing and why bikes with less gears are easier to use, and more versatile than they’ve ever been before.
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Our Tips for Riding Safe on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

With our experience and expertise we have summarised for you the important safety notes and challenges for each section of the A2O cycle trail.

Trail News

New Off-road Trail Section: Aviemore – Kurow Opening Soon!

Be one of the first to (legally) ride the new trail section on the Alps 2 Ocean from Lake Aviemore down to Kurow on February the 8th.
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West Coast Trail Developments

The West Coast Wilderness Trail is just getting better and better!
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Duntroon To Oamaru

While the trail build focus has now moved from the Duntroon to Oamaru section to the Aviemore to Kurow section, there is still some last tidying up to be done on the lower section.

Behind The Scenes

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Geoff’s Tour Aotearoa Ride: Day 18 – 24

The end is in sight for Geoff and Mark on their Tour Aotearoa ride. Geoff reflects on their journey from day 18 - 24...
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Geoff’s Tour Aotearoa Ride: Day 10-17

By now, Geoff and Mark can see the far end post, and a series of calculations follow that provide a picture of what is needed to be ridden on a daily basis. Geoff reflects on the essence of being a kiwi...
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Geoff’s Tour Aotearoa Ride – Week Two

Geoff & Mark are reunited and continue their journey down the North Island on the Tour Aotearoa.