Kiwi Cycling mascot Paihikara
The story of Pai

Paihikara was given to Di in May 2012 as a gift before her first self supported cycle tour in Europe. He rode on the top of her panniers for most of the 5,000km trip through Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Norway. Pai has been the inspiration behind our cycling kiwi logo.

Pai joins Di on all her long rides around our fantastic country and through roads and trails overseas.

If you wish to read about Pai's trips click here and you will go to his travel page where you can follow his adventures.

Our Story


Kiwi Cycling Company is a small family based business in Taupo. We  produce these unique designs specially targeted to people travelling overseas and for tourists that would like a special memento of their visit here.

Di Michels

I am a graphic designer and I produce the designs for the shirts that epitomise the clean, fresh, fun culture of New Zealand.

My other half (Roel) and I have a passion for the outdoors and our incredible country - New Zealand. I have had the privilege to represent New Zealand in rowing, orienteering and mountain bike orienteering. We have participated in adventure racing which encompasses lots of different sports including biking, trekking and kayaking. These sports have enabled me to go to special places in New Zealand and around the world. I'm not so driven to be actively involved in competitive sport now but spend a lot of time on my bike touring with Pai in New Zealand and overseas.

Nigel Michels

I am Di's son..... I am responsible for all the stock, distribution and sales connections. I have a strong association to cycling as this is my only means of transport.

I am the one to talk with if you wish to arrange reselling of our products. Please connect with me through our Contact page.

If you’re a visitor to our shores we have a really nice selection of souvenir shirts for you. If you are a local heading overseas then these will identify you as a true green kiwi!