Finalists in the 2016 NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle competition, run by Bike Wise, have been announced, and for the second year in a row Great Lake Taupo trails have been named as finalists in every category.

Finalists were decided after thousands of Kiwis nominated their favourite trails in four different categories throughout the month of January. The four categories are NZ Cycle Trails - Nga Haerenga, Off-Road or Adventure Rides, Urban Trails or Commutes, and On-Road Rides.

“It’s great to see the high quality of riding that’s available in our region being formally recognised in a competition like this where the people of New Zealand, who are out there riding these trails every day, get to have their say on which are their favourites,” Destination Great Lake Taupo marketing manager Zelia Horrell said.

The competition is about getting Kiwis to identify, share and celebrate their favourite places to cycle throughout the country, be it an off-road or adventure trail, an urban trail, or part of the official New Zealand Cycle Trail, such as the Great Lake Trail. Destination Great Lake Taupo aim to rally the region together to vote so that Great Lake Taupo can come out on top.

“The fact that the Great Lake Taupo trails have once again achieved finalist status in every category also reiterates that here in Great Lake Taupo we truly do have something for everyone when it comes to getting out there on two wheels,” Horrell said.