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Evaluation of New Zealand cycle trial - counter data analysis, 2020

Cycling Tourism New Zealand

This document reports on the findings from the eco-Visio and Department of Conservation (DOC) trail counters, secondary/supplementary data sources, and conversations with the New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Ride managers. The findings from this analysis will be used to create a live dashboard for each counter on every Great Ride, and the overall network. There is also an individual trail analysis for each Great Ride included in this report.

Key Findings

  • Over the 12 months from 1 March 2019 to 28 February 2020, there were 1,985,600 trips on the New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Rides (compared with 1,300,000 estimated trips in 2015).
  • 1,025,000 of these trips were by pedestrians
  • 960,200 of these trips were by cyclists
  • At only 1,822 cycle trips for the year, the St James Cycle Trail, in the South Island, was the least popular of the Great Rides 
  • At 188,000 cycle trips and 220,000 pedestrian trips for the year, the Hawke’s Bay Cycle Trail was the most popular.
  • The venerable Otago Central Rail Trail recorded 68,000 trips, with 13,000 of these being people riding the full trail.


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