Rides for beginners

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Samuel Miller Reserve, Pukekohe

Samuel Miller Reserve in Pukekohe is a real gem.  The concrete path looping around it is great for the littler ones that are gaining confidence and are okay with a […]

Lightpath / Te Ara i Whiti

Lightpath / Te Ara i Whiti is a must-ride, for the photos as much as anything and it’s even more spectacular at night when the lights come on – you can […]

Birkenhead Pump Track

A great spot to take pre-schoolers during term time (while the big kids are at school) or for the bigger kids to go and get some practice on a BMX […]

Watercare Coastal Walkway – Ambury Park to Creamery Road

This is my new favourite ride. The coastal track is very scenic, with wading birds on the sandy shoreline and plenty of sheep and pukekos in the paddocks.  If you […]

Opanuku Stream Path, Twin Streams Project, Henderson

At around 8km to go all the way along and back again, the Opanuku Stream Path is a great option if you’re looking for a ride that’s a bit longer […]

Tāmaki Path

Tāmaki Drive is rightly famous, but if you want stunning water views without the crowds, look a little further afield and discover the Tāmaki Path for your next family bike […]

Te Auaunga / Oakley Creek, Mt Roskill

The restored paths along Oakley Creek are proving a huge attraction, and no wonder. Directly connected to the Waterview Shared Path, this neighbourhood route along a waterway has been utterly […]

Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier

Located at the very ‘point’ of Point Chevalier, Coyle Park has always been popular for its playground. It features a flying fox, a giant spiderweb climbing frame with great views from […]

Western Springs Park

Western Springs Park offers a scenic loop around the lake, the perfect addition to a day at MOTAT or the Auckland Zoo, especially if you’ve got an annual pass to […]

Cascades Shared Path, Pakuranga

So many places to explore here! The full Shared Path is extensive (as you can see from AT’s map) – we explored a small part, and enjoyed it so much, […]

Tole Reserve, Ponsonby

Tole Reserve in Ponsonby has a teensy-tiny ride track for really small riders and scooters. There is an adjacent playground, and a wee free library for parents to browse (bring a book, […]

Westhaven Boardwalk

The Westhaven Boardwalk is a great place for an easy, flat ride for little riders, with plenty of places to park, many toilets and a selection of cafés as well! […]

Te Onekiritea / Bomb Point, Hobsonville

We went exploring at Hobsonville Point and found some gems. There are LOTS of places to go biking with kids at Hobsonville, and this is just one option. Here’s a […]

Greville Reserve, Forrest Hill

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. […]

Sanders Reserve

Paremoremo’s Sanders Reserve is a mountain biking park that has a dedicated track for kids within view of the carpark (specifically for kids under 10), as well as 20km of […]

Waterview Shared Path

We tried out the new Waterview Shared Path and the verdict is – highly recommended. If you’re driving there, and especially if you have younger children, a good place to […]

Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga

  Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga is the result of a massive foreshore reclamation project that finished in 2015, designed to restore the foreshore amenities that existed before the motorway was built […]

Little Rangitoto Reserve, Remuera

Little Rangitoto Reserve on Upland Road in Remuera has got nice bikeable tracks for kids and a great playground. There’s also a very long flying fox!    There is a […]

Normanton Reserve, Glenfield

Normanton Reserve in Glenfield is less well known than other spots, but well worth checking out. It has a nice big playground that the ride track loops around; a smaller loop inside a larger […]

Onepoto Domain, Northcote

  Northcote’s Onepoto Reserve (just off the SH1 Onewa Road exit) is a favourite for families, with plenty of great facilities. The park is huge and grassy, and has two playgrounds within view of its learn-to-ride track, […]

Avantidrome, Cambridge

The Avantidrome in Cambridge, south of Hamilton on SH1, is the home of sport cycling with all sorts of options for family fun. There’s a fantastic bike skills park with working traffic lights, plus a […]

Cornwall Park, Greenlane

Cornwall Park is huge. Head for the Cornwall Park Café, which has great natural loops around the garden (which kids love) and coffee & tea (which parents love). The most […]

Avondale Learn-to-Ride Track

Avondale’s learn-to-ride track is tucked in behind the Great North Road shops next to the racecourse. The best access is from Great North Road, more or less opposite Crayford Street West – just […]

Grey Lynn Pump Track

The Grey Lynn Pump Track is in Grey Lynn Park, which is vast. The pump track is just off Dryden Street, which has some angle parking there, plus plenty of on-street […]

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