Family cycling holidays: 5 reasons why they're good for you

Riders on the Otago Rail Trail Family Adventure | Gesine Cheung
Riders on the Otago Rail Trail Family Adventure | Gesine Cheung

A family that cycles together, stays together. Cycling as a family promotes a positive, healthy lifestyle, which encourages many children to keep biking well into their adult life.

Trail Journeys has a range of family friendly cycling trips in the Central Otago region with plenty of flexibility built into them. From the Roxburgh Gorge to the Otago Central Rail Trail our self-guided trips offers the bonus off being luggage-free, with your bags shuttled from each accommodation to the next as well has having your meals, accommodation and route planning taken care of.

Here’s our top 5 reasons why family cycling holidays are good for you

1. It gets you outside.

Start of the Otago Central Rail Trail in Clyde |  <i>Philip Wyndham</i>

A cycling holiday offers the opportunity to explore the outdoors and be fully interactive with the environment you’re in. It's a great way to get up and close with nature, breathe in some fresh air, and create some ever lasting memories.  


2. It's great for everyone's fitness

Trail Journeys transport for the little ones! |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Biking holidays are great for health and fitness, and encourage the whole family to be active, regardless of age, ability and fitness levels. Younger children can cycle on a tag-along, while older children develop a healthy competitive spirit to keep up with their parents, as long as the routes aren’t overly hilly or too long.

3. Learn about New Zealand

Kids finding out which way to go! |  <i>Philip Wyndham</i>

Experiential learning is one of the most engaging ways for anyone to learn. The whole family will learn about world famous natural landmarks, cultural sites, and the history of a region. Your children may also be exposed to different ways of life that they are not used to, helping their resiliance and confidence. There's even a scale model of the solar system along the trail.

4. Spend quality time together

Start your Otago Central Rail Trail Trip with breakfast and great coffee! |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Spending quality time together is what it's all about and pedalling slowly along the trails will give you ample bonding moments. Our self-guided cycling holidays offer the opportunity to enjoy friendly local hospitality from our hand-picked accommodation and meal providers. You never know, you may end up on a jet boat on the Roxburgh Gorge or even curling on an ice rink on the Otago Central Rail Trail.  

5. Explore new Landscapes

Otago Central Rail Trail |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

There's something new around every corner here in Central Otago. From rolling farmland to flowing rivers and snow-capped mountain ranges, make the most of the ever-changing landscapes both on and off the bike. Historic tunnels and viaducts compliment the dramatic gorges and vast rocky plains, with a diverse network of trails offering the chance to explore new areas, vibrant towns, tourist attractions, and interesting wildlife.

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