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...

Waitawa Regional Park MTB Trails

Wonderful new asset for Auckland

View below for some history.  Check out this article placed in the NZ Herald newspaper on February 2013.


Get into it!

After being closed for a couple of months for some major roads repairs, Waitawa Regional Park has had some wicked new MTB trails built.

Our very own Gabb has been involved in the design and development of the MTB trails at Waitawa. So Gabb was super stoked when he learnt that Byron Scott and Tim Hunter from Trailpro were contracted to complete some trails that had been shelved due to budget constraints.

Trailpro Tim Hunter, Trail Builder

We are now pleased to inform you that this network is well worth a visit...enjoy the amazing views whilst buzzing out on some great flowing trails through a combination of native bush,  regenerating native over logged pine and open paddocks featuring that Kiwi icon - sheep!

And here's a little teaser - cyclewaynewzealand.co.nz test rider Elvis Zaskarelli got a special ticket to pre-ride the trails on a classic Auckland mid-winter sunny day. Enjoy...

 


Find more about Weather in Ardmore, NZ

Waitawa Regional Park is 188 hectares of park land comprises a number landscapes including: coastal and exotic forests, pastures, three small peninsulas and three beautiful coastal bays. The northwestern and north-eastern part of the site falls down steeply from the ridge, which runs southwest to northeast towards Wairoa and Waitawa Bays. Several small gullies and minor ridges bisect this coastal slope. The steep nature of this land has resulted in the area being used primarily for forestry with pines and eucalypts being the dominant species.

The park land contains two significant coastal freshwater wetlands and mature pohutukawa along the coastal fringe. There is a population of the nationally threatened shrub Pomaderris rugosa. The property has potential for ecological restoration, which will be achieved without compromising the site's recreation potential or spectacular views.

The park land has significant recreation potential. There is access to the expansive Waitawa Bay and the beaches are safe for swimming on all tides. The coastline is popular for sea kayaking. The existing wharf will offer direct access to a deep channel in the future, making it ideal for fishing and possibly public transport via the sea. The park's varied topography and settings will mean that a range of active and passive recreation will be able to be catered for.

The open countryside spaces are farmed and could also provide track networks, camping and picnic sites. There are also spectacular vistas towards Pakihi, Karamuramu (MacCallum's) and Ponui Islands, with the Coromandel Peninsula and Waiheke Island in the distance.

Park vision

The regional park land at Waitawa offers a wide range recreational activity and is focused on active recreation. It provides for activities not readily available at other parks and in doing so takes pressure off some of those parks. It is readily accessible by water and has a range of water based activity and facilitated opportunities for Aucklanders to be introduced to the coast and the outdoors in a safe setting. It also offers a site rich in cultural heritage and natural values that are managed as outstanding examples of environmental and outdoor education and conservation management.

Mountainbiking at Waitawa Regional Park

Plans are under way for an exciting network of MTB trails that we think will satisfy a wide range of riding skills.  Combine this with the stunning coastal setting and we're sure this will quickly become a regular destination for the Auckland mountainbiker.


Freaky Styley Fat Tyre Boy Dave Serf checks out the latest cutting in the Valley Loop


Some excellent drainage coming out of the Native Trail will keep the track in good condition so you can take in the awesome views of Kawakawa Bay.


This is the great view from the proposed MTB carpark.  You look across the Hauraki Gulf at Waiheke Island and the Coromandel Peninsula.



Looking south, there is a combination of clear fell and existing native. The clear fell areas will be planted with NZ native and present a great opportunity to build trails now.



There are areas like this block of Eucalyptus & native that will provide good shade already and compliment the open paddock areas.