Cycle at Kaikōura

Cycling adventures at and around Kaikōura.

With a variety of scenic rides that suit a range of skill levels, there is something for everyone at Kaikōura; Leisurely pedalling seaside ambles, meandering single track through native bush and quiet country roads. More ambitious riders can climb mountains and high mountain passes. Ocean and mountain backdrops loom around every corner. Included here are the trails maintained by the KCC and some of our favourite nearby trails.

KCC makes every reasonable effort to provide accurate and up to date information on this website and it is provided here in good faith.
KCC maintains The Kaikōura and Kaiterau Trails only and makes every effort to keep the surface in a good condition. Factors such as weather, spring growth and other events may affect the quality of the trail. There are multiple entry and exit points on the trails and care and attention is required to avoid going off the trail.

Trail grading is based on biking trail grades as implemented in the system used by Mountain Biking New Zealand and the Department of Conservation - Trail Grades. You should know your limits and choose a trail that’s suitable for all riders in your group. For more information read Riding Safely on the New Zealand Cycle Trail.


trail locations.



Kaikoura Trail

The Kaikōura Trail

Loosely following the perimeter of the Kaikoura plains and skirting the Kowhai and Hapuku Rivers, the Kaikoura Trail features trails that are as diverse as the scenery. Cycle the entire loop or hop on and cycle a section.
Cycling - Downhill mountain biking

Kaiterau Trail

The Kaiterau Trail  is a one-way intermediate loop ride that takes you part way up Mt Fyffe to the Kaiterau Plateau with spectacular views over the Kaikoura Peninsula.
Mountain - Road Bike

Mt Fyffe

Mt Fyffe offers the unique experience of starting at the beach and cycling to the top of a mountain. But it just may be one of the most demanding cycle climbs you do.
Kaikōura - Puhi Puhi Valley

Puhi Puhi Valley

The Puhi Puhi Valley is a gravel cycle experience that skirts the flanks of the north end of the Seaward Kaikoura range.  The climb finishing at Saddle Gate, under the second highest peak in the Seaward Kaikouras, Te Ao Whekere at 2598m.
Bike - Mountain Bike

Clarence Reserve

Nestled between the Seaward and Inland Kaikoura Ranges, Clarence Reserve Station was once one of the country’s largest. These days this vast and rugged high-country is part of the Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Conservation Park and cyclists have unrestricted access.
Cycling - Bike

Haumuri Bluffs

Following the railway south from Oaro, this easy grade ride beside the railway is ideal for the whole family and gets you close to the ocean and some notable remnants from our past.
Bike - Cycling

Beach Biking

Kaikoura may not be well known for its beaches. But get on your fat bike and you’ll find it has big wide gravelly beaches that stretch for kilometres and you won’t see a soul.
Hurunui District Council - Kaikōura

Hurunui Heartland Ride

The Hurunui Heartland Cycle Ride is an on-road route that you can ride to your desire, either a multi-day explore or an epic one-day trip.