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Bike News Features - North Island

By Matthew Bennett

I am a believer in hard work, I have been most of my life. I also spent most of my youth practicing frugal living. The reason is simple really. The combination of the two enabled me to accumulate moderate sums of money that through the continued application of frugal living enabled me to amass a vast number of fantastic adventures and expeditions.

By Stu Waddel

The Central Plateau, with Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe, is a playground mecca in both winter and summer. I grew up skiing at Whakapapa and Turoa, and with other families often stayed at a private ski club in Raurimu township.

By Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson lives in the eastern Bay of Plenty, near Opotiki. He got hooked on biking about 1980 and is involved in governance of the Motu Trails.

By Paul Smith

Our trip to Taupo was a long weekend away—four days, including travel to and from Wellington.
By Mike Cowlin

Over winter, even the hardiest and most stubborn of mountain bikers, yearns for the sunshine. 
By Jim Robinson

Riding the Motu Road gets you into the groove. It’s narrow, winding, and overhung by forest canopy. Maybe you’ll see a car. Maybe a wild goat or pig. Or a deer. Even after hard rain it never gets very muddy; there's just the sound of water music everywhere.
We headed up the Whanganui River Road and into Taumarunui ‘on the main trunk line’, going straight to the i-SITE visitor info centre, in the old railway station on Hakiaha Street. 
Chill founder, Stu Waddel heads to Great Barrier Island for a weekend of cycle touring around the island.
Opened in October 2016, and situated in the beautiful Waitangi Endowment Forest, in the Bay of Islands is the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park (WMBP). Just 5 minutes from Paihia.
Cycle-friendly, 80 wineries, awesome weather, scenery and food… What’s not to like about Hawke’s Bay! 
By Sandra Appleby

The Wellington/Wairarapa region is also home to the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, one of the easiest of the Great Rides, which runs from the head of Wellington Harbour, through the Rimutaka Range to Ocean Beach. 
By Michael Jacques

Mountain biking in the Capital has been “a thing” since the early 1980s when “all terrain bikes” and “mountain cycles” first turned up down under. But while places and races like Makara Peak and the Karapoti Classic eventually became legend, some of the best riding back then was found on the ridges and creek valleys around Lower Hutt.