Evaluation of the New Zealand Cycle Ride Trail

An evaluation of the 22 Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail was finished in 2016. The evaluation is based on the 2015 calendar year.

About the evaluation

During the evaluation an independent cost benefit analysis was used to check the economic and social benefits of 22 Great Rides that form Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) also reviewed the governance and management of the Great Rides, and identified some key factors of success.

Key findings

The key findings of the evaluation were that:

  • around 1.3 million people used the 22 Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail
  • around 86.5% of users of the Great Rides were New Zealanders, and just over 114,000 or 13.5% were international visitors
  • for every dollar attributed to construction and maintenance of the Great Rides during 2015, approximately $3.55 of annual benefits were generated
  • the economic contribution of the cycle trails in 2015 was estimated at $37.4 million
  • the social contribution of the Great Rides was estimated to be $12 million. This includes reduced mortality and cost savings from diseases associated with physical inactivity
  • key factors of successful governance included having a clear strategy, marketing expertise and dedicated resource for trail maintenance.