Strolling in the streets of Hanmer Springs, Canterbury, I found four passenger bikes almost similar to the ones in the Philippines, the sikad, or sikad-sikad (because Filipino Visayans like to repeat words playfully).
The sikad is a three-wheeled pedicab used as a public transport for short or medium distances. Sikad is a Visayan word, meaning, to pedal. The driver pedals the bike to take his passengers to their destination.
Driving a sikad sikad is a livelihood back in my country because jobs are scarce. Unlike in other countries where people walk for distances to get to a public commute, there is something about the Filipinos that don’t want to walk, probably because of the heat.
In Malacca, Malaysia they also have a similar version but with a colorful twist because their bikes are decorated with paper flowers and loud banging music. Both the Malaysian and Philippine versions are alike because driving the cart is a means of income for both.
The difference between the New Zealand version and the Asian version is that the New Zealand version is for rent and you have to drive it. It is also four-wheeled. The two bikes are attached together through a middle cart. Two drivers simultaneously pedaling is necessary to propel the cart.
Whoever thought of these bikes in the mountains must have some Asian influence. I will learn later because I will be going back there soon.