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Bike Wise announces supreme winner of NZ's Favourite Place to Cycle


This summer, Bike Wise asked Kiwis to nominate and vote for their favourite places to cycle from around New Zealand. After receiving thousands of votes, New Zealand has spoken! The winner of the esteemed title of ‘NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle’ is The Redwoods in Rotorua.

The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) also took out the category win for NZ’s favourite ‘off-road/adventure ride’ this year.  Areas from around NZ competed against each other in four categories with the winners decided by popular vote.  The  2015 category winners are:

  • Nga Haerenga - NZ Cycle Trail: Otago Rail Trail
  • Off-Road or Adventure Ride and overall winner: The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest), Rotorua
  • Urban Trail or Commute: Taupo lake front trails
  • On-Road Ride: Taupo and surrounds

Dougal List, National Cycling Manager for the NZ Transport Agency, the organisation which funds and coordinates Bike Wise, says the competition is about Kiwi’s identifying, sharing and celebrating their favourite places to cycle. 

“The many thousands of votes and nominations received demonstrate just how many Kiwis love to cycle and the myriad of well-loved places where we can ride our bikes.

“The Redwoods in Rotorua has taken out NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle two years running, so it shows what a popular destination this is for people who cycle,” says Mr List.

People who placed nominations and votes were automatically entered into a draw to win an Avanti Montari mountain bike and helmet sponsored by Avantiplus.

NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle competition was first launched in February 2014 to celebrate Bike Wise Month, which takes place in February each year and involves a festival of fun cycling events.

Places to Cycle background information

For more background information about NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle visit:

For further information contact:

Andy Knackstedt
National Media Manager
NZ Transport Agency
(04) 894-6285
0212 763 222

Ash Palmer
Communications Co-ordinator
Destination Rotorua Marketing
D: 07 351 8078
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3rd Floor Library Building, 1136 Arawa Street,
Pvt Bag 3007, Rotorua Mail Centre, Rotorua 3046, NZ