Cycling is a fun, healthy and convenient way to explore places, neighbourhoods and cities in scenic New Zealand. Designated bicycle lanes available on most roads in the country make it a relatively safe activity to do.
I had a pleasant cycling experience in Tauranga – exploring the neighbourhood looking for Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom. But, before I start my cycling adventure, I took the effort to learn the New Zealand code for cyclists and road rules. 🙂
Cycling in New Zealand – What You Need To Know
Before cycling on the road, we must know the road rules. For your info, New Zealand rules require every cyclist to wear a bicycle helmet at all times. The bicycle helmet must meet the approved standard and be securely fastened. In addition to that, every bicycle must have functional breaks and reflectors, and bicycle lights must be on during dim or dark conditions.
Doubling is not allowed unless there is a pillion seat fitted and there are footrests for the passenger. Cyclists must cycle in designated bicycle lanes and always keep to the left side of the road. Two cyclists can ride next to each other, but they should not hold back traffic. It is illegal to have three or more people cycling next to each other or be towed on their bicycles.
When passing vehicles, cyclists must ride in a single file and use hand signals to show other road users what they are doing. A detailed explanation of the rules and regulations can viewed on the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) website.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees in Tauranga
Watching Japanese cherry blossom trees bloom is a memorable and magical sight. 😀 In Tauranga, New Zealand, Japanese cherry blossom trees can be seen growing along the roads and in gardens particularly in suburban areas.
So, one fine day, I hopped onto a bicycle which I borrowed from Ryoko (a Japanese friend of mine from the hostel) and set off looking for pretty Japanese cherry blossom trees in full bloom around the neighbourhood. I made sure that the bicycle breaks were working and wore a bicycle helmet too.
I spotted some Japanese cherry blossom trees nearby PAK’nSAVE, however my favourite spot is at the corner of Edgecumbe Rd and Eleventh Ave (in front of ASURE Macy’s Motor Inn & Conference Centre). There are several more Japanese cherry blossom tress scattered around the area, but the views were not as beautiful.
In a Nutshell
I spent some time admiring the beautiful view and took some photographs for memories. It was just my luck that a Monarch butterfly suddenly appeared from nowhere and lingered long enough amongst the blossoms for me to take several photographs. 😀
I felt happy to be able to see and admire the beauty of the Japanese cherry blossoms in Tauranga, New Zealand in spring. The cycling around the neighbourhood was a good experience too and I went home feeling blessed by the experience.