Looking to plan a ride around Auckland? Here’s our list of the best maps for all kinds of rides. Anything we can add? Let us know!

The big picture

Start with Auckland Transport’s online map of Auckland cycling facilities. While not (yet) able to be used for journey-planning, it provides a good overview of what exists, and how it connects.

AT also produces a a range of up-to-date folding cycling maps, covering various parts of the city. These can be downloaded as PDFs here, and are also available in physical form at bike shops, libraries and public transport hubs across the city (see the list of stockists here).

Local rides

And see Auckland Transport’s maps of safe cycleways and family-friendly local features:

  • Parks and Playgrounds This map covers the Waterview Path, which can be accessed from many places, including Pt Chev, Waterview, Avondale and Mt Albert / Owairaka as well as the Northwestern cycleway. Features playgrounds, skate bowls, pump tracks, amazing new bridges and the famous rainbow path.
  • Western Explorer Head west along the Northwestern 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!

Quiet routes

The #AKLcyclemap by Daniel A glimpse of the #AKLcyclemap. Have a look around over here. Cranston is a crowd-sourced work in progress, which consists of layers of useful bike info on 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!

Other maps

  • Google Maps lets you plan a bike route from A to B, compare different routes, check the elevation (how up and down the route is), and discover shortcuts through parks and alleyways. Google’s local knowledge of shared paths, bike paths, and quiet streets is not perfect, so you may encounter gaps, or occasionally stairs. Also, add some padding to the timing if you’re a casual or beginner rider!
  • Flattest Route uses Google Maps data to show you the flattest route. It’s run by an enterprising volunteer, and welcomes donations to stay current.
  • Open Cycle Map, based on OpenStreetMap, has useful data on walkways and cycle paths but is a little ‘optimistic’ with some routes (e.g. it includes the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path, which as of early 2019 is still incomplete)
  • Not a route planner, but: if you type your address into WalkScore, 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.
  • The Strava Global heatmap shows how popular roads and paths used by people on the Strava app, including mountain bike trails.
  • 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.

Anything we’ve missed? Let us know!