Auckland Bike Maps
Searching for info to plan a ride around Auckland? Here’s our list of the best current maps for all kinds of cycling. Anything we can add? Let us know!
Looking for the ‘Pink Path’, aka Lightpath/ Te Ara i Whiti? Try this pocket-sized map (the link also tells you where you can pick up a hard copy). You can access Lightpath from either end:
- ride up the Nelson St protected bike lanes and crossing Union St towards the pohutukawa sculpture.
- via the pink-paved bridge at the bend of Canada St opposite Mercury Plaza (at the bottom of Mercury Lane).
- If you’re arriving via the Grafton Gully cycleway: cross Upper Queen St and use the Canada St shared path.
- If you’re arriving via the NW cycleway: at the top of Ian McKinnon Drive, hang a left onto Upper Queen St, then left again onto Canada St once you’re over the motorway.
Auckland Transport is in the process of updating its range of cycling maps. As of November 2017, there are four great new maps of popular areas to ride, featuring safe cycleways and family-friendly local features:
Parks and Playgrounds Explore the brand new Waterview Path, which can be accessed from many places, including Pt Chev, Waterview, Avondale and Mt Albert / Owairaka as well as the NW cycleway. Featuring playgrounds, skate bowls, pump tracks, amazing new bridges and the famous rainbow path.
Western Explorer Head west along the NW cycleway, and check out the Henderson Creek Path and the Twin Streams connections. This route features art, playgrounds, wine-tasting, and a Saturday farmers market. Take the train home if you like.
Westhaven Way A city-centre ride that brings you along the waterfront, from Pt Erin, under the Harbour Bridge, and through bustling Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct. Featuring museums, cafes, parks, playgrounds, and water views.
Harbourside Ride Auckland’s jewel in the crown: a ride around the bays. Beaches, cafes, parks, Kelly Tarlton’s underwater world, and non-stop views of the sparkling harbour. Bring sunscreen!
The big picture
Last updated in 2012/ 2013 in collaboration with us, AT’s ‘Getting Around Auckland’ maps covered the whole picture, and can still be found around town, often in public libraries. Click here and scroll down to ‘Auckland Regional Cycle Guides’ to find the PDFs for Central, North, West, East, South.
These maps 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).
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.
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!
Airport to the City Centre quiet route
We think this is currently 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, it 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 Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path, which as of late 2017 is still under construction).
- Not a route planner, but useful: you can type your address into WalkScore and the resulting Travel Time Map will show you how far you can get on foot, by bike, by public transport and by car.
- The Auckland Affordability Map helps you work out how your daily travel choices affect where you can afford to live, and vice versa.
Family-friendly and leisure riding
- As well as the maps mentioned above, AT 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.
- Check out our work-in-progress list of great places to ride with children in the city.
- The Bike Friendly North Shore blog 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!