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Great Rides

Cycling destinations and bike-friendly bits (mostly around Auckland) that I have ridden and enjoyed. Nothing grand here, just little gems I have stumbled upon you might like too.

Some of these posts are getting a little long-in-the-tooth. If things have changed (for better or for worse) drop us a comment and I can update them.

Avantidrome_150x150px   Avantidrome – Cambridge (Apr 2016)

BTN  Bridge to Nowhere – Wanganui National Park (Oct 2015)

BombPoint_150px Bomb Point – Hobsonville (June 2015)

Timber Trail 150px The Timber Trail – Central North Island (April 2015)

Hunter & Matt at Mackie's Rest Exhibition Drive & Beveridge Track – Titirangi (May 2014)

Pic-a-nic Trail Long Bay to Okura River Coastal Track (April 2014)

TeAwaKarapiro_150x150px Te Awa Bike Path – Karapiro Section (April 2014)

Fencer The Royal Albany Trails – Revisited (February 2014)

Lady Phoenix Reserve View Lady Phoenix Reserve – Greenhithe (October 2012)

 Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway – Orewa

 Short Ride at Long Bay

Sanders Reserve: Family Fun Sanders Reserve: Family Fun – Paremoremo

 Sanders Reserve Mountainbike Park – Paremoremo

 Sanders Reserve Revisited – Paremoremo

 Onepoto Domain – Northcote

 Tuff Crater Reserve – Northcote

 Mangere Bridge to Ambury Farm

 Dum-Dum & Son’s Wild-West Adventure – Henderson
 Greenhithe to Hobsonville
 The Royal Albany Mountainbike Trails
 Unsworth Reserve to Rosedale Road

Leave a comment here if you try one out and enjoy it, we’d love to hear from you.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Annick permalink
    September 16, 2011 1:49 pm

    Thanks so much for this fab website has provided me and my boys 6 and 4 with heaps of fun we new to the area so this is perfect for us keep up the good work – hope to feature on it soon like my eldest’s friend from school who is on the Sanders reserve one !

  2. Jeremy permalink
    February 14, 2012 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the great write ups! Very informative. I live in East Auckland, Botany however and have just started bringing my 7yr old on the bike. Is there any similar blog sites for tracks around our area? Any info you can provide would be useful.

    • February 14, 2012 9:12 pm

      I don’t know of any similar blogs Jeremy but check the Council’s (and Auckland Transport’s?) websites – I’ve seen a list of mountainbike parks in there somewhere.

      The foreshore path heading east from the old Mangere Bridge would be good for your child. It is dead flat and goes through the cemetery which kids normally enjoy.

      They’ll like the people fishing off the bridge too.

  3. Chris permalink
    March 11, 2012 7:28 pm

    great selection of rides, tried long bay this weekend and its a great ride for off road novices too. the 2 year old and I find that ngataringa (sp?) park, memorial drive, devenport is well worth it as an alternative to onepoto bike park, He can readily get around the paths on his balance bike, and its a bit more interesting really.

    • March 11, 2012 9:02 pm

      Thanks Chris

      I’m in the process of writing-up the Devonport Green Route which passes through Ngataringa Park, that’s great your boy can scoot along the gravel paths on a balance bike.

      I’ve also taken the kids out to the new cycleway in Orewa, pictures to come…

      • Chris permalink
        March 14, 2012 8:11 am

        haven’t made it their ourselves yet, but it looks good from the bridge.:-)

  4. Mike permalink
    May 16, 2012 8:36 am

    Good post, please keep updating it with new rides, and any other links to rides in Auckland….

  5. Natasha permalink
    October 11, 2012 11:08 am

    Love your website – gives me ideas of things to try with my new bike. Keep up the good work, it is much appreciated!

    • October 11, 2012 11:21 am

      Thank you so much, was that you on the beach this morning? The weather was so nice I just wanted to keep riding, but the children can only be abandoned for so long ;^)

  6. Ian Craig permalink
    April 11, 2016 8:30 am

    Hi there

    I did the titirangi ride with my kids yesterday .. top ride thanks

    Im looking for a good bike to ride urban / graveland a bit of off road .. I’ve currently got a masi cross which is a bit average.

    I like the look of your bike from the photos .. what is it and what’s it like ?

    Sorry not really a gear guy but I do like a quality ride ..


    Ian Craig

  7. August 11, 2016 4:32 pm

    that’s good, thanks for sharing,.. I think this is great blog

  8. August 13, 2016 5:22 am

    Jajaja, casi caigo. Cuando iba justo a la mitad del
    artículo hasta que me di cuenta de que un chiste. ¿Por qué sí es broma verdad?

  9. February 3, 2018 7:58 pm

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    December 29, 2019 10:53 pm

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