Check out the Auckland Transport website to download cycle maps.
Cycling in Auckland videos
The team at Auckland Transport has made a series of videos promoting ordinary Aucklanders as they share their advice for cycling in the city. You can check these videos out on the Auckland Transport You Tube channel.
Places to cycle
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 walks and cycleways out west. The wonderful three metre 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 Waitakere cycleways (PDF, 4MB).
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 and a free outdoor pool and adventure playground, to make a great family biking destination. Find out more.
Woodhill Mountain Bike Park Park (Auckland)
30km NW of Auckland | Easy to quite difficult | 1-8 hours depending on route | View Woodhill MTB Park map (GIF, 6 KB)
Auckland Mountain Bike club have built twisty tracks with jumps and banked corners, in this narrow strip of forest inland from Muriwai and Rangitira beaches. One of the best, ‘Cookie Trail’, is a fairly easy 4km loop track (with some jumps) starting from the corner of Walker and Boundary Roads. Other tracks are quite easy riding with gravel roads, beach riding and a mountain bike park. The main access point is Woodhill.
Whitford Forest (Auckland)
10km SE of Auckland | Easy to quite hard | 1 - 3 hours | View Whitford Forest map (GIF, 6 KB)
Peter Cloustan’s tracks are the best in Whitford. To get to them, start at the carpark at the top of the hill on the Whitford-Maraetai Road, 6km from Whitford. Then hop over the gate and head down the track. At the bottom, choose a track from the map board - most are named after Cloustan’s relatives. Joshua’s track is a good starting point, whilst Peter’s Track is the hardest. Be careful of jumps and drop-offs - especially after rain.
Hunua Ranges (Papakura)
10km SE of Papakura | Moderately easy | 1-2 hours (13km) | View Hunua Ranges map (GIF, 10 KB)
The Family Trail is an easy ride down a gravel road loop with a tiny bit of singletrack at the end. From the car park ride, back down the road, turn left at the first intersection and hop over a large steel gate. Ride up the gravel road for a few hundred metres and turn left at the first main intersection to start at the gravel road loop marked on the map.