Taranaki Trails

Gravel Riding

Posted on 21 September 2022

Gravel riding is taking off around the world, and we’re lucky to have some great gravel rides in Taranaki. Be it back country roads through forgotten tunnels, bikepacking missions or more leisurely road rides.

Never heard of gravel riding? It tends to describe riding a drop-bar bike on unpaved roads and trails, fitting somewhere between road cycling and mountain biking. From super-chilled social rides to remote and demanding endurance racing, mass-participation events to dirt touring, there’s something in gravel for everyone.

Some popular rides are below, and you can find most of the routes on Find My Adventure:

If you want to explore more trails, there’s a Facebook group “Taranaki Gravel and Adventure Riding” where locals share ride ideas.