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New Zealand Cycle Trails guide during COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Published 2020-05-14

Now that we’re at Alert Level 2, New Zealanders can travel further afield, and reconnect with friends and family. This also means you can ride trails outside your region and explore more of our beautiful country.

However, COVID-19 hasn’t been eliminated so we need to PLAY IT SAFE.

Please read our riding tips below, based on the government’s official guidelines. They’ll help you and others stay safe on the New Zealand Cycle Trail during Alert Level 2.

  1. PLAY IT SAFE. COVID-19 is still out there.
  2. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t socialise, and don’t go cycling.
  3. Keep your distance (ideally 2 metres) from people you don’t know.
  4. You can now ride with friends and family outside of your bubble, but your group must be limited to 10 people. Within your group, play it safe by maintaining 1 metre physical distancing where you can, and follow good hygiene practices.
  5. On the trail, try to keep at least 2 metres away from users outside of your group. The nature of our trails means it’s sometimes hard to take a wide berth, so be sure to slow down when approaching others, and always give way to walkers.
  6. Contact tracing is important. Keep a track of whom you’ve ridden with and whom you’ve seen. Use your phone or carry a pen and paper.
  7. Many bike hire, tour and shuttle companies can now help you enjoy our awesome trails. You can expect them to follow all official operator safety guidelines, including the required 1 metre group-to-group and group-to-staff physical distancing, and contact tracing.
  8. Wherever you go, ride sensibly and within your limits. Our general tips on riding safely can be found here.
  9. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. And wash them properly. While out on the trails, take you own sanitiser, and remember to follow all the good hygiene practices we’ve learned over the past couple of months.
  10. Some of our Great Rides cross DOC land – check out their COVID-19 guidelines if you’re going to be using any of their trails or facilities, including toilets, huts, campgrounds and shelters.

Most of the 22 Great Rides are now open but there are still some restrictions, as described in the table below.

For more detail on trail status and services, see individual trail pages, and official websites/Facebook pages. Check in with operators such as cafes, accommodation, bike shops and tour companies to make sure they’re open and find out about their COVID-19 protocols.

 If you have any questions regarding Hawke's Bay Trails, we’re checking social media regularly and the Regional Council is taking calls on 06 835 9200 or 0800 108 838.

Kia kaha!

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