Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Road Rides

Road Biking is popular here, and it’s not hard to see why. Check out the variety of routes for all ages and fitness levels, from multi day treks that challenge and inspire you, to flat coastal rides with mouth-watering ice-cream stops along the way. Scenic highlights include rich agricultural areas, historic towns and delightful country lanes.

On these routes, you are biking along public roads, so please be aware of traffic, and make yourself clearly visible at all times.

Apiti Loop Ride

This is a stunning ride through some of the Manawatu Region’s most stunning countryside. There are a few hilly sections in this ride, so it’s recommended for moderate fitness levels. A great way to do this ride is as a multi-day ride. More info…


Manawatu Cycleway

The New Zealand Cycle Trail has made its way to the Manawatu Region with an on-road 100% sealed trail from Mangaweka to Palmerston North City. More info….


Pemberton Ride

The start of this ride is also part of the Manawatu Cycleway on The Country Road. The views are spectacular, and there are plenty of good spots to stop off at along the way to soak in the vistas. More info….


Pohangina Valley Loop

This ride is a great way to get a mixture of hills, open flats and gravel rides while showcasing the unique scenery of the Pohangina Valley. More info….

Omatane Ride

The rolling hills and spectacular views on this ride make for a challenging yet rewarding ride. You will also get a mix of gravel and sealed roads, as well as some exhilarating downhill sections. More info….


Mount Curl Ride

This trail has a steep climb worthy of the Tour de France, but the reward is more than worth it, with some amazing views across to Mt Ruapehu, Mt Taranaki, out to Kapiti Island and across the Ruahine Ranges.
More info….


Tangimoana Ride

The hills are left behind on this route, which takes you along vast Rangitikei plains out to the sea. More info….




Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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