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, which is handy for those juggling kids with competing interests.
The track is long and there are plenty of spots where they’ll be out of sight, but that never seems to worry the littlies tearing around. It is busy, especially on weekends, so keep that in mind if confidence around other riders is an issue. The track is varied, mainly asphalt but with a few interesting bits, like a wooden ‘bridge’ and a cobbled section. There’s also a lovely boardwalk which offers a nice change of scenery when you’re all bored with the playground and the bike track.
There are toilets on site, near the playgrounds, and if you’re looking for a big day out, there are barbecues too. BYO food and drink as there are no cafes in the immediate vicinity.