C is for cycling

Cycling is a great way to experience the fresh air, wildlife, food and landscapes of New Zealand.

Cycling is a great form of low impact exercise that burns calories, tones the body and boosts the heart rate. A social activity, it ties in well with a holiday and lets you can absorb the tranquil surrounds while keeping your legs turning over. New Zealand offers some singularly Kiwi cycling experiences – pack the bike into a helicopter for a high country adventure, free wheel through famous movie locations and finish the day soaking tired limbs in thermal pools.

Most tracks are open year-round, but some trails in remote or mountainous regions may be closed for winter months. Multi-day tracks offer a variety of basic and luxury accommodation, cafés and food stops.

For more information visit nzcycletrail.com and to insure your health when you travel visit medibank.com.au

Recommended reading - Issue Two Summer 2012

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Travel

Auckland – Top 10 city to visit in 2014

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Recipes

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A fresh, healthy summer salad that’s perfect for lunches.

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Simple berry bircher recipe

A bircher muesli that takes 2 minutes to prepare - leave overnight and enjoy for breakfast.

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Community

A chef’s travels with Peter Kuruvita

Peter shares his most memorable food experience and what inspires his cooking over summer.

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A dish inspired by coconuts and green pastures

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This classic condiment by Peter Kuruvita is great with anything, especially barbecued meat

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Medibank health humorist Nick Snelling explores the history of the ambulance.

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A couple of sports stars – Trent Copeland and Kim Green

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Health Shelf – Jenna O’Hea

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