Cycle the City: Auckland

Auckland’s busyness might not, at first glance, seem conducive to cycling, but look a little deeper and this buzzing metropolis can easily be explored by bike.

Te Ara I Whiti – Lightpath
A great option for a night ride because it’s bright pink and illuminated by interactive lights! The Lightpath is part of a route that weaves from Upper Queen Street to Victoria Street – carry on down the path to Silo Park for night markets and food trucks!

Woodhill Forest
Seeking speedy downhills and tight turns? Then Woodhill Forest is the place to head for. Just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland, this 12,500 hectare park offers trails for all abilities.

Tamaki Drive
With its far-reaching views of the harbour, the 8km cruise along the waterfront to St Heliers Beach is lovely at any time of day but especially pretty at sunset. Carry your swimming togs and a towel because beach and swim options abound along the way.

Auckland CBD – Devonport – Takapuna
Pack a picnic for this excursion which takes you from downtown Auckland to Devonport on the ferry and then onwards to the beach community of Takapuna. The path is mostly paved all the way to Takapuna, and there are cafes, beaches and shopping options to explore at both ends. 

Pohutukawa Coast
This spectacular stretch of coast begins at Omana Regional Park and takes you along beaches and through forest between Maraetai and Beachlands. The full route is 18km but with lots of stunning stop-off points along the way, you might not make it that far!

Waiheke Island
Escape the city and take your bike on the ferry to Waiheke where vineyards, galleries, cafes and beaches beckon. You can choose to follow one of several trails around the island, or grab a map and make up your own route!

We can help with bike hire for any of these routes – send us an email or pop into our Auckland branch, handily located at Auckland International Airport.

Have a good week,

Image: Auckland CBD by Francisco Anzola. CC BY 2.0.