Tracks, trails and parks for family bike fun
Check out some of these great places to ride in your community. If you don't see your favourite spot on our list, why not email us the details and we can add it here.
Sanders Reserve Mountain Bike Park - Albany
The reserve occupies a magnificent headland near Paremoremo. There are a number of trails to ride, and an excellent kids trail with berms, bumps and turns. The whole kids trail can be seen from the visitor centre so parents can choose to sit and watch or join in the fun. Bring a picnic and spend some time enjoying the views!
Project Twin Streams - Waitakere
There is an award winning network of shared walk and cycleways out west. The wonderful, 3 meter wide paths follow the Oratia, Opanuku and Waikumete streams and feature art works, information panels and examples of sustainable products. Download a map of the trails.
Totara Park - Manukau
Totara Park is one of Manukau’s largest parks. There is a purpose built mountain bike park on site, with trails for beginner and intermediate riders, all combined with picnic areas, a free outdoor pool and adventure playground, to make a great family biking destination. Find out more.
Waikato River Trails - various points of access
The Waikato River Trails are part of the New Zealand Cycle Way, Nga Haerenga. Sections are already opened, with further construction underway to link 100kms of trails along the mighty Waikato River. The trails run through farmland and reserves and are close to many main centres in the Waikato region. For more information see the Waikato River Trails website.
The Redwoods - Rotorua
With around 90kms of trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest to choose from, families will find something to suit everyone. Riding is free but you can purchase a map from the visitor centre. There are plenty of other activities to choose from, including short and long walks, orienteering, picnics and exploring the visitor centre. For more information visit the Redwoods website.
Kinloch to Kawakawa Bay - Taupo
This easy off road track is just under 8kms long and offers great walking or biking for families. Link to the W2K for a longer ride if the kids are up to it!
W2K - Taupo
This purpose built mountain bike single track is awell graded, easy, single track running from Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch. The 13.2km track climbs steadily over a headland before descending to Kinloch. There is an optional loop track extension (nearly 10kms) out over the headland with views over the lake.
Try searching Tauranga City Council's City Zoom for great local tracks and trails.
The Coastal Walkway in New Plymouth has a 10km sealed shared pathway which is great for families. It’s mostly flat, has playgrounds, beaches, coffee carts and stunning views along the way!
This flat, family friendly and scenic ride follows the shared path around Wellington waterfront. With a whole range of extra family activites to take in, such as Frank Kitts Park, Te Papa, and Oriental Bay. The waterfront offers a perfect chance to cycle to one of the weekend markets to pick up some local art, crafts and produce.
Gum Loops Track - Wainuiomata
A gentle ride that takes in beautiful regenerating bush with a mix of gum trees. A loop ride will take no more than an hour. There are plenty of picnic spots along the river and a number of sign posted swimming holes for a refreshing dip. Access is best from the Wainuiomata Waterworks area off Moores Valley Road.
Pencarrow Coast Road - Eastborne
This relatively easy 20km ride will take about 2-3 hours return. Sea birds and plant life thrive on the exposed coastline, while the nationally significant Lakes Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera are home to a variety of wildlife. Sourced from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Hutt Valley Trail - Upper and Lower Hutt
Explore the Hutt Valley on a bike courtesy of purpose-built cycle trails that follow both sides of the Hutt River. For a more ambitious ride, follow all the way to the Rimutaka Incline Trail and across to the Wairarapa. Sourced from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Ara Harakeke Pathway - Porirua
The 8.7 kilometre shared pathway runs alongside rugged coastal areas, four beaches, a nationally important wetland, a steam train operation, and World War Two pillboxes. It passes through three communities: Mana, Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay in the north. It has great places to stop for coffee and refreshments at Mana and Plimmerton. Souced from Porirua City Council
McCleans Island is just 10kms from the city in the Waimakariri River Regional Park. The forest has a15m mountain bike track which is reasonably flat and can even be tackled with a bike trailer! There is a great picnic field at the start plus a small coffee shop which hires bikes, and plenty of parking too.
Other Christchurch tracks
For up to date status reports on tracks in and around Christchurch, go to the Christchurch City Council website.