Greville Reserve in Forrest Hill has a bike track painted on the concrete top of the reservoir. It’s a little faded, but that doesn’t deter the kids, who love following the track. And it’s all smooth concrete with lots of room to manoeuvre, making it a great place for those building their confidence or taking the next step from balance bike/trainer wheels to pedals/two wheels.
Do note, there’s a 1m drop between the reservoir surface and the path or grass below, so this track may not be suitable for absolute beginners or little ones who can only go in a straight line. It’s a huge area, and the painted track in the middle seems to be effective at keeping the kids away from the edge. There is a yellow painted line all the way around that is a good distance from the edge, which is a good reminder in case that’s needed too.
The Forrest Hill Road entrance is the best entrance for the bike track; plenty of parking there and on Forrest Hill Road and East Coast Road.
There are toilets (including one with a baby change table) by the sports turf, which is right next door on the East Coast Road side. There’s also a small playground and a small court with a hoop.
A shared bike/ walking path goes past, making access easy for locals, and a short way down Forrest Hill Road there’s a small skate park. There is also a mountain biking track, but this is strictly for experienced riders, definitely not little kids.
There’s a small dairy across Forrest Hill Road, and several food options on the way there or home: Delish Cupcakes on Raines Avenue (off Tristam Avenue); dairies, bakeries and cafes down East Coast Road; and the Milford shops.
- Learner (balance bike, trainer wheels)
- Confident child (pedal bike - no trainer wheels)
Forrest Hill Road - either in the car park or on the road
Baby change room, drinking fountain
Kids visible at all times?
Suitable for multiple kids
Watch out for
The edge! Its a 1m drop from the edge of the reservoir to the grass/path below. Having said that, its a very big area, and most kids easily stay away from the edge.
Bike Auckland is the non-profit organisation working to improve things for people on bikes. We’re a people-powered movement for a better city. We speak up for you – and the more of us there are, the stronger our voice!