Author(s): Jonathan Kennett
A guide to the Great Rides of New Zealand's Cycle Trail Network, for families and tourists, including those new to bike riding, from a top cycling writer who knows the trails well. The Great Rides are the mainly off-road tracks that have been recently developed. These trails are generally easier and more scenic, and are the ones that most people are riding. The book is stuffed full of useful information on the different trails - how to get there, what you will see, level of difficulty, things to take, places to eat and places to stay. There is fascinating background infomation on each area - its history and the local flora and fauna - as well on the ride itself. There is also a highly practical section full of advice on choosing the right bike, gear to take, cell phone coverage in the different areas, weather and the best times of year for each trail, environmental care and useful websites. Accompanied by colour photos of the trails, elevation profiles and maps of each trail.
Jonathan Kennett is one of the Kennett Brothers - New Zealand's leading writers of cycling guidebooks. Jonathan is also a project manager for the New Zealand Cycle Trail and has an in-depth knowledge of the trails.