My experience of cycling goes as far as to get on a bike if I visit Center Parcs with the family or to set myself to an advanced level on an exercise bike at the gym (which doesn't happen nearly as often as it probably should). Having taken many a bus and campervan journey through New Zealand's stunning winding roads, I can definitely see how this mode of transport would help you experience the true beauty of this great country and my friends at Evans Cycles want to encourage you to do just that.
If you're heading to New Zealand it's the perfect place to find something to get the adrenaline pumping.
But if you'd like to get off the beaten track of skydives, bungee jumps and white water rafting, why not get yourself on a mountain bike and attack with gusto some of the most beautiful scenery you're ever likely to come across.
A Specialized Rockhopper would do the trick nicely as you look to surround yourself with the hardy terrain of the North Island. There are many tracks set in towering forests that accommodate all levels of ability and fearlessness.
The Woodhill Forest near Auckland provided the setting for the White Witch in the Narnia films, but the imposing backdrop plays host to over 50 tracks that offer up 150km of riding for you to explore.
If you'd like to really test yourself on your bike, there are companies that offer week-long tours that can be extended up to ten days. Costing in the region of £300, you will take in tracks that vary from purpose-built bike parks to technical hiking trails and back-country single track.