With a city full of motor-lovers, cyclists cop a fair bit of slack. But maybe they’re on to something—some of the best ways to enjoy the sights of Auckland is on two wheels, not four! Whether you’re still on your training wheels (bless) or are a cycling enthusiast, we reckon you’ll be screaming “ain’t no mountain high enough” as you tick off these cycling adventures. Check out our list of the six best cycling routes in Auckland.
Nelson Street Cycleway
No cycling article would be complete without mention of Auckland’s prettiest (and most photogenic) cycleway. Yup, we’re talking about none other than Nelson Street’s hot pink cycleway. Starting from Upper Queen Street, the old Nelson Street off-ramp has been transformed into a magenta cycling (and walking) path that weaves down to Victoria Street West. Bring your camera because you’ll want to Gram its prettiness.
Pakuranga Rotary Shared Path
Escape the big smoke and head towards the eastern ‘burbs. The Pakuranga shared path starts from the Half Moon Bay Marina and winds 9km along the Tamaki Estuary to Pakuranga. Kiddies (and those who are kids at heart) will love the Farm Cove ‘snakes and ladders’ playground at the halfway point. Pack your wicker basket to the brim with your favourite treats and make an afternoon of it.
Take your two-wheeled friend for a leisurely cruise along Tamaki Drive. You’ll get to soak up breathtaking panoramic views along the way (and geese at the mansions lining the clifftops). The 10km paved pathway is completely flat and shared with pedestrians, rollerbladers and cyclists alike—be courteous when passing! Stop for a coffee or ice cream along the way. It’d be rude not to.
Stretch out the Tamaki Drive cycle tour all the way St. Heliers Bay while soaking in the breath-taking views of Auckland's waterfront. As the land is mostly flat throughout the entire journey, you can get through this ride without breaking a sweat but that doesn't mean you don't deserve a reward. Help your self to a scoop or two, or three of St. Heliers Bay Cafe and Bistro's infamous gelato.
Speaking of the waterfront, this list could not miss out the Westhaven Promenade. Starting from the seafood institution of Auckland, Swashbucklers, the 5-metre wide path takes you under the bridge and through to Wynyard Quarter. While you're at it, make your way over to Silo Park and enjoy the breeze and chilled vibes of this urban playground.
Devonport To Takapuna Green Route
If you live city-side but have a brunch date in Takapuna, leave your car where it is. Instead, dust off your bike and catch a ferry from Britomart to Devonport. It’s then a gentle 9.5km pedal to Taka. The signposted route weaves through parks and quiet suburban roads, with picturesque views of Auckland City and the Harbour Bridge. Pack your togs for a refreshing dip upon arrival at Takapuna Beach.
Matakana Cycle Ride
Only an hour’s drive from the CBD, Matakana is a world away from city life. Bring your bike and brace yourself for a sensory overload. The 14km Matakana Cycle Ride takes you from Matakana to Omaha and Point Wells. There are views in every direction as the track goes through farmland, native bush and vineyards. Stay fuelled with an array of local delights. Whatever your craving, you’re sure to find something to hit the spot in this food and wine mecca.
Woodhill Forest Mountain Bike Park
If you fancy yourself a thrill-seeker, then you’re gonna want to tackle Woodhill Forest’s mountain bike park. The off-road routes are jam-packed with ramps, jumps and stomach-lifting drops to get your adrenaline pumping. If you’re new to the wonderful world of mountain biking, you’ll be pleased to know there are also lots of easy and scenic trails that you can take at your own pace.