Welcome to Auckland

New Zealand's largest city Auckland got off to a slow start in terms of inner city offroad trails, but always has had a few great forest options on the city fringes since MTB came on the scene (Riverhead, Woodhill, Hunua and now Whitford & Maraetai).

It is now catching up with inner city MTB trail networks in Manukau's Totara Park and North Shore's Sanders Reserve with the cyclewaynewzealand.co.nz crew working on getting more trails sooner rather than later!  Not to mention non-MTB off-road options which we will keep you up to date on.

Auckland Trails & News

  • Auckland Airport MTB Trails

    Learn to fly - on your bike!

    Auckland Airport MTB

    Yes, it is true - there are MTB trails at Auckland Airport! And our very own Gabb was the leading designer!

  • Waitawa Regional Park MTB Trails

    Wonderful new asset for Auckland

    Hunua MTB Trails

    Opened in October 2013, this Auckland Regional Park has had a major MTB boost over winter 2015. Check out our video of the new stuff at this fabulous piece of Hauraki magic with stunning views during an adrenaline boosting ride...

  • Albany Uni Campus MTB Trails, Auckland

    Wicked Single Track in Small Area

    Albany Uni Campus MTB Trails, Auckland

    Please note that this trail network is sadly no more...

  • Volunteers plant 1000's of trees at Totara Park

    Over 20,000 plants accompany new MTB trails

    MTB Community Tree PlantingGreat community involvement at Totara Park MTB Park with over 20 park users young and old volunteering their Saturday to plant over 1500 plants around the new MTB track...

Latest News

  • Another $330m to be spent on NZ cycleways

    June 2015 and New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced that 41 cycleways around the country will be getting what he called the "biggest investment in cycling" in NZ's history
  • Bike on Pavement

    Auckland's Ambitious Plans for Cycling

    Proof will be in the pudding

    With a proposed $111m - yes, ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS - Auckland Transport's new walking and cycling manager has some interesting thoughts on the cycleway ahead (so to speak)...
  • Hunua MTB Trails

    Waitawa Regional Park MTB Trails

    Wonderful new asset for Auckland

    Opened in October 2013, this Auckland Regional Park has had a major MTB boost over winter 2015. Check out our video of the new stuff at this fabulous piece of Hauraki magic with stunning views during an adrenaline boosting ride...

  • Auckland Airport MTB

    Auckland Airport MTB Trails

    Learn to fly - on your bike!

    Yes, it is true - there are MTB trails at Auckland Airport! And our very own Gabb was the leading designer!

  • Queen Charlotte Track now part of Cycle Trail

    Posted on Mon., Mar. 1, 2013

    Some of correspondents rate this the best multi-day ride ever. And now it gets an extra level of recognition...

Volunteers plant 1000's of trees at Totara Park

Over 20,000 plants accompany new MTB trails

Late July 2012 saw more great volunteer efforts at Auckland's Totara Park with over 20 locals and riders taking part in a morning of tree planting around the new DIC MTB Trail.

DIC and the other new trail (called Zebzag) began life in early 2012 piggy backing on restoration work at Totara Park where areas identified as feeding water to the Puhinui Stream are being fenced off from cattle damage (and hence water contamination) and being planted with native fauna to help stablise the land and regenerate the area closer to how it was before farming and urbanisation. The new trails have been welcomed by local riders who have travelled countless kilometres on the current 12km of trail that form the Totara Park MTB Network.  They are a little narrower than the existing trails, having been primarily built by volunteers who have put their hands up eager to see the network expanded. 

And as part of that volunteer work, some of the locals were keen to lend a hand in the fauna restoration part of the project and so on an overcast but dry winter's morning a few hardy lads turned up early to get a head start on boring holes for the 1600+ plants that were the target for the day.

Allen Pope the head contractor was on hand to show the lads how it was done - Allen and his crew, the contractors hired by Auckland Council to conduct the planting, had already planted over 14,000 plants in this one area!  Wow, what a sight it will be in the coming years.

By the time Marty, Gabb and Hayden had dug in several hundred holes, the volunteers started showing up.  We saw young and old from pretty little six year old Lily Gabbitas to veteran volunteer and legend of the Puhinui Reserve/Te Araroa project John Smith who at 84 years old has been slowed down a little bit by a torn tendon but was on hand full of energy to share thoughts and plans around linking the Totara Park trails to Puhinui Reserve and beyond (just think: land at Auckland Airport and ride to Manukau City all off-road..!?  Yeah!).


Generational Gernmination - Mum Debs and daughter Maia (sporting their cool new gumboots!) get busy feeding seedlings with a little fertiliser before packing them in for a long life at Totara Park.  Maia was counting and planted 72 all on her own!

As the keen workers toiled away, several riders sped by enjoying the new trail and some of the crew behind the trail design/build took the opportunity to review areas that might need a little more work - extra drainage, widening a few tight turns and berming a few curves to help the flow.

This sort of work can build a big appetite and thanks to the Auckland Mountainbike Club, muesli bars and bananas were on hand to keep energy levels at a premium.

Before you could say deraileur failure, all the plants had been given their new homes and so those still on site headed down to The Hub at the center of the trails for a yummy barbeque, also thanks to the Auckland Mountainbike Club.

It was great to see everyone in good spirits and much banter ensued and MTB stories shared over a hot sausage and a cold one.

Many thanks to Allen and his 2 staff who made sure the volunteers were properly kitted out and doing the right thing. And to those that gave their Saturday morning to this fine community effort, well done!

Let's do it again!

If you would like to be involved in the further development and care of the Totara Park trail facilities, or just be keep up with the news, register for our Totally Totara email newsletter here and make sure you keep an eye on Totally Totara, the dedicated Facebook page for Totara Park that is run by cyclewaynewzealand.co.nz pal Idle Idol.  We want this great asset for Auckland (inner city MTB trails at last!) to grow and reflect the wishes of the users and we can only do that by keeping the lines of communication running.