Auckland Bike Maps
Looking for info to plan your ride around Auckland? Here’s a list of current maps for all kinds of cycling.
Looking for the ‘pink path’, aka Lightpath/ Te Ara i Whiti, and keen to know how it fits in with the central cycleways? You’ll want this map here. You can access the pink path from either end:
- travel up the Nelson St separated bike lanes (NB these currently stop at Victoria St – take care from there to the waterfront).
- from the Canada St end, at the bottom of Mercury Lane. If you’re arriving via the Grafton Gully cycleway, go all the way to the top and keep going straight (in practice, you do a dog-leg crossing of Upper Queen St, then head down the Canada St shared path). If you’re arriving via the NW cycleway, hang a left onto Upper Queen St at the top of Ian McKinnon Drive, then hang a left again onto Canada St once you’re over the motorway.
For detailed info on each corner of the city, Auckland Transport’s “Getting Around Auckland” maps cover the whole picture. Click through to that page and scroll down to “Cycle Maps” – you’ll find PDFs for Central, North, West, East, South. These are also available in hard copy at your local bike shop, transit hub or public library, or you can also ask AT to mail the printed maps to you. We also send a batch out to all new members.
NB These area maps, last updated in collaboration with us in 2012, show official cycle lanes and cycle paths, and wider or quieter streets for easier cycling. They also show which cycle facilities are shared bus lanes and which aren’t (we know that many cyclists don’t like riding with buses).
The #AKLcyclemap by Daniel Cranston is a crowd-sourced work in progress. It builds on AT’s maps by adding layers of useful bike info to a Google map. The goal is a network of recommended routes for less confident cyclists – so if you have suggestions for safe routes or quiet streets in your part of the map, let Daniel know!
Mt Albert-Mt Eden Walking/Cycling Maps
The Mt Albert-Mt Eden Local Board created two walking/cycling maps in 2013, covering:
- West (Waterview, Westmere, Pt Chev, Grey Lynn, Avondale, Mt Albert, Owairaka, Sandringham, and into Mt Roskill) and
- East sides of the area (Kingsland, Morningside, Balmoral, Mt Roskill, Mt Eden, Newmarket, Greenland, Maungakiekie, parts of Ellerslie and Remuera).
Like AT’s maps, these are a little out of date but very detailed. Hard copies are available at local libraries and information centres.
Airport to City Centre quiet route
We think this is the most scenic and less stressful route from the airport to the centre of Auckland by bike. NB this route is not signposted at street level.
- Google maps is handy for plotting a route from A to B. Just enter your destination and click on the bike to the right of the little pedestrian person. You can compare different bike routes and times (add some padding to the timing if you’re a casual or beginner rider!), check the elevation of the route (how up and down it is), and discover useful shortcuts through parks and alleyways. Note: Google’s knowledge of shared paths and bike paths is patchy and may occasionally include stairs. It also can’t tell you how bike-friendly the streets are. Add local knowledge as needed!
- Flattest Route does exactly what it says on the tin: it shows you the flattest route, but like Google maps, doesn’t have local knowledge about how bike-friendly the streets are.
- Open Cycle Map, based on data from OpenStreetMap, includes some good data on walkways and cycle paths, but is a little “optimistic” with some routes (e.g. it shows the as-yet unconstructed Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path!).
Family-friendly and leisure riding
- As well as the area maps, Auckland Transport has maps of easy, off-road walking/cycling routes across the city – these are a mixed batch of transportation and scenic routes.
- Ten of the best scenic routes are highlighted as AT’s “Great Rides”, along with accompanying “Great Rides Passports” to guide you along the adventure.
- Bike Friendly North Shore has maps and reviews of many excellent family-friendly rides (and not just on the North Shore!)
- The Kennett Brothers have a bunch of great books covering bike trails of all kinds all over New Zealand. Their latest book features short, easy bike rides across the country, suitable for grandparents and grandchildren – including 4 rides in Auckland.
- For those interested in cycle touring, especially further afield, the New Zealand Cycle Trail/Nga Haerenga website has some useful maps.
- If you’re headed to Waiheke, Fullers ferry company has a great bike map of the island (printed 2012): it’s available as a PDF here, and in hard copy at ferry terminals and nearby information offices.
- For those into cycling for fitness, the Strava Global heatmap shows how often roads and paths are used by people on the Strava app. Interestingly, this also shows up mountain bike trails as well as roads.
- The Auckland Mountain Bike Club has a fantastic list of MTB rides for all ages, and a dedicated page of BMX tracks across the city.
- NZByBike has a few suggestions for mountain bike rides around Auckland, some with attached maps.
Anything we’ve missed? Let us know!