Important Information

Everything you need to know

Make sure you're prepared for your ride with the right equipment and the right knowledge.

  • Get used to long bike rides
    If you're considering doing a multi-day trip, we recommend going for 2-4 bike rides a week for at least 2 months first.
  • Pack for all seasons
    We recommend taking a waterproof jacket and leggings, gloves, sunscreen and warm clothes to put on if you get wet. See the full packing list below.
  • Wear padded bike pants
    These will provide extra cushioning on longer rides and also reduce chafing.
  • Bring snacks
    There are parts of the trails with no food stops. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks.
  • Book in early
    The Rail Trail is a popular ride, so book in early to secure bikes and accommodation. Peak season runs from December to May.
  • Drink plenty of water
    Long bike rides can be thirsty work. Fill up before you head out or purchase bottled water along the way.
  • Don't rush it
    There is so much to see and do on these trails so take your time to experience it all.
  • Other essentials
    Carry toilet paper for the eco-toilets along the trail. Bring your mobile phone, a small first aid kit, and a torch for the tunnels

Packing list

  • Warm layers (merino, fleece)
  • Rain & wind-proof jackets and pants for wet, windy weather 
  • Padded cycling pants
  • Gloves suitable for cycling
  • A good hat & eye protection to shield your face from the sun & dust
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes to prevent blisters. We recommend a comfortable gym shoe
  • Clean, casual clothing for meals & social outings at the end of your day
  • Small first aid kit (band-aids, antiseptic cream, tensor bandage, anti-chafing cream)
  • Toilet paper
  • Water & snacks
  • Mobile phone & portable charger
  • Torch
  • Camera with spare batteries
"We will use this company again when we do another bike ride, fabulous service and lovely bikes to ride, thank you."
April 2021
"They organised everything including bikes, accommodation, side trips , restaurants, and transfers from start and finish. We were very happy with everything - the accommodation and restaurants were excellent."
April 2021
"It was perfect. From the bikes, to the accommodation to the meals, everything was great. We can not recommend this company more highly, as everything , as I said, was perfect."
March 2021
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