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Finding new places to ride - using the internet.

posted Aug 13, 2013, 11:49 PM by Manawatu MTBClub
There are a growing number of sites on the internet to explore new trails - both local and around New Zealand.

One of the key sites to keep an eye on is the NZ Cycle Trail site: Nga Haerenga is the " national project to build a world class network of cycle trails. Find out more about our Great Rides and cycle touring routes, check out the trails that are already open and plan your next great riding adventure." 

This is an exciting site with great info about the Great Rides (9 in the North and 12 in the South) and the growing number of cycle touring routes that connect them.  The lower north island features with the Manawatu Cycleway, OTT (Ohakune to Taihape), Gentle Annie, Route 52 and Tararua Traverse touring routes. The Mountain to the Sea, Great Lake Trail and Timber Trail are easily accessible Great Rides close to Manawatu. A "must ride trail" when it's complete hopefully by 2015 -  Old Ghost Rd in the West Coast - http://www.nzcycletrail.com/old-ghost-road 


The work that Jonathan Kennett has put into both the Great Rides and getting local communities engaged in creating the connecting links between the Great Rides is huge.  The Kennett Bros new book, Classic New Zealand Cycle Trails, list 46 fanatastic holiday opportunities.  Worth purchasing direct from the Kennett Bros for $29.90 plus freight http://www.kennett.co.nz/index.php/Books/ClassicNewZealandCycleTrails

There are also free PDF downloads with info on the Great Rides and much more. http://www.nzcycletrail.com/big-idea/nzct-product-directory

Tracks is an exploration into a track guide/status based primarily around mountain biking and trail running in New Zealand. It was initially focused on the tracks around Wellington's many hills and green belts but is now expanded to look into all corners of New Zealand.

The content is created by users, so anyone can sign up to contribute. Everything here is free and created/edited by users for users. Sign in to make changes to your favourite tracks. Got a track, area or region that's not listed here, contact the site admin to become a content creator.

Getting more of the Manawatu trails logged on GPS and uploaded is one of our goals

Manawatu Trails was created to provide maps, directions and a short description of a few local trails.  It was also an exercise to learn how to use Google Sites and embed content such as maps. It is very much a work in progress and recently added the Ruahine MTB Trial portal to allow riders to seek permits to ride and report on tracks in the Ruahine.

Trail Fund NZ is a not-for-profit project supporting the development and maintenance of publicly accessible, environmentally sensitive and sustainable mountain-bike accessible trails in New Zealand. The latest trail projects are highlighted in their blog. You can assist the development of some wicked mountain-bike trails, but donating or purchasing great looking clothing at NZ Trail Fund

The club tracks page has descriptions of local trails and maps of Santoft Trails etc.  Rather than duplicate what is already out there, the club page will be developed to have links to the multitude of other sites already documenting rides and concentrate on club run areas.

Bill Russell - 14-8-13