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


Post Trip Interview: Pete Ulmer – Wilderness Trail + Paparoa Track

Pete Ulmers wacky request to ride the West Coast Wilderness Trail and the Paparoa Track all in 5 days points to the obvious.  With these two great trails on the coast, why would you travel all that way just to ride one of them?

Alps 2 Ocean – Post Trip Interview – Elaine & Friends

Elaine, Allan and 15 friends finished their Alps 2 Ocean trip from Otematata to Oamaru just in time before the lockdown. We asked a few questions about her group's experience...

Alps 2 Ocean – Post Trip Interview

A group of 6 females desperate to rescue plans to ride the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail and with an impressive amount of alcohol masquerading as accompanying luggage!

Accommodation Features

Timber Trail Lodge

The Timber Trail and the Lodge are gems of the cycle trail network, providing a touch of luxury between some of the best riding in the North Island...

Braemar Station

Braemar Station provides a great example of a high country station that has modified its business to allow visitors to experience some of the magic of the high country while riding the A2O...

Riverside Bed & Breakfast

We have always received glowing praise in our customer reviews of their stay in Kurow at Riverside B&B. We recently caught up with Lyn while she was knee deep in making riesling jelly...

Trail Inspiration

Cycling in Korea

Cycle Paradise in Korea

Having been to Korea twice before, I had heard about the extensive…

Cycle Samoa – The Ultimate Winter Break

Read about this family's cycling Samoa experience.
West Coast Scenic Waterway

Top 5 things to see and do in Hokitika

5 top things to see and do in Hokitika to help you plan your next cycle trip.



Bring your own Bike vs Hire one of ours for the Paparoa Track

There are several pros and cons to bringing your own bike vs hiring one. Here's a list of pros and cons that discusses various considerations to be made.

How to Prepare to Ride the Alps 2 Ocean

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is the longest trail in the Nga Haerenga network.  At 310kms, this isn’t a trail you will want to suffer through - so be prepared and organised.

Top 5 FAQs for the West Coast Wilderness Trail

We have been operating on the West Coast Wilderness Trail since winter 2017. Here are our top 5 FAQs that we get asked when it comes to the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Trail News

Aviemore to Kurow Section to come off road

Aviemore to Kurow Section to come off road

The pace of trail build is set to rapidly increase as the Alps 2 Ocean seeks to complete the off-road section from Lake Aviemore down to Kurow.

Behind The Scenes

Geoff’s Tour Aotearoa Ride – Week One

All journeys start with the first step and the equivalent on the Tour Aotearoa is the 345km from Cape Reinga to Helensville. The body has to adapt to deprivation and continuous activity.

Geoff Embarks on the Tour Aotearoa

On February 21st, Geoff and his younger brother Mark will start with the 5th wave of the Tour Aotearoa – along with 100 others. Here’s his personal perspective on an amazing ride…

Filming the Alps 2 Ocean Trail

With the opening of the new off-road section from Aviemore Dam to Kurow, we decided it was a great opportunity to get Flashworks Media on board to film the opening event, followed by a series of key trail sections.