Train like no other

Whether you’re heading to Taranaki for the NZ Triathlon Festival or for a long weekend and want to sneak a training ride in, don’t miss these top spots.

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

This concrete ribbon traces New Plymouth’s coastline for 12.8km, passing surf breaks, sculptures, outdoor cafés, and more than a few scenic sights. There are numerous places to jump onto the walkway or detour off it if you want to put the hammer down on the open road. Click here for more information.

Carrington Road to Pukeiti

It’s a bit of a climb – almost 470m to be exact – but the 48km (return) ride from the Wind Wand to Pukeiti Gardens, nestled between the Pouakai and Kaitake Ranges on the slopes of the mountain, is a local favorite. You’ll pass through farmland and untouched bush, and the return leg, with views out to Raglan on a good day, makes the climb worthwhile.

Taranaki Cycle Park

Located at Bell Block, along the Coastal Walkway, the Taranaki Cycle Park offers a 1750m closed road circuit and 333m velodrome, with stunning mountain and sea views. If you’ve come to Taranaki with your family, then they’ll be able more than happy at the adjoining skills area, pump track, or pro-level BMX track.

Take to the water

While you’ll be racing in the sheltered waters of Ngamotu Beach, when it comes to putting in the miles, the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre offers a top-class training facility with an outdoor Olympic pool and an indoor pool for those early morning starts. Click here for more information.

Pukekura Park
If you’ve just come out of the Northern Hemisphere winter, then a training run through the lush landscapes of central New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park will be just what you need to acclimatize. Numerous loops are on offer around lakes, up hills, and through the iconic TSB Bowl of Brooklands. Click here for more information.

Lepperton Loops
Another local favorite for the road riders is the network of quiet country roads around the village of Lepperton, inland from Waitara, where you can easily get lost for a few km to a few hours. Numerous group rides head out in that direction each Sunday morning – stop by one of New Plymouth’s bike shops to get meeting info.

To fuel your training, Taranaki offers many great cafés and coffee roasters – find your favorite here.

When you’re done, head to the Taranaki Thermal Spa to soak off your efforts in 29,000 naturally heated spring water.