The New Zealand Cycle Trails Nga Haereng
By Jonathan Kennett
Review by Liam Butler.
Jonathan Kennet is well known to the cycling community for his cycle trail guide and history books. His first book Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides is a best seller and is well used by many enthusiasts to this day. In this book Jonathan writes and photographs a guide to 23 of the great cycle rides in New Zealand.
With over 300 pages of colourful photographs of each trail, accompanied by elevation profiles and 3D maps Jonathan gives even the most nervous peddler, whatever their age, plenty of reasons to get back on their bike again. This book showcases the significant efforts by local communities and transportation authorities to encourage families and friends to once again enjoy the pleasures of cycling. As a recreational pursuit cycling has something to offer all ages and interests. Jonathan’s book focuses on trails that are accessible to all. There are plenty of easy rides for people to not only gain confidence, balance and strength but really enjoy our environment.
In part of the Mapua to Nelson 33km 3-4 hour easy ride Region cyclists can board the Mapua Ferry disembarking at Rabbit Island. It is opportunities like this that make cycling along trails such a special event. Jonathan shares his significant knowledge about the history of these great rides with the reader which helps provide context to each of the rides. The benefit of this new book is that it incorporates the latest innovations in the cycle trails. A good example of this is the inclusion of the suspension bridge near Brightwater which has just recently been opened and is very popular with locals and tourists alike.Jonathan explains in the book that it is exciting times for cycling in New Zealand with over 1000 km of cycle routes having been built in the past few years. Jonathan has achieved his objective of creating a guide for cyclists and non-cyclists to inspire them enjoy the simple pleasure of a bike ride.I hope he gets a New Zealand Honour on January 1 for his efforts.
Boarding the Ferry at Rabbit Island.
Taking in the great views from the suspension bridge near Brightwater.
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