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Albany gains world class BMX facility

Published: 7 November 2018
  • Junior riders at the top of the new five-metre ramp
  • NZ Transport Agency’s Director of Regional Relationships Steve Mutton (left), Auckland Mayor Phil Goff (middle) and President of North Harbour BMX, Nigel Arkell.
  • Current NZ Men's Elite Champion Cody Hobbs

New Zealand’s first international-standard BMX track was opened in Albany yesterday.

The brand new $4.5m facility built at Hooton Reserve was delivered by NZ Transport Agency as part of a relocation arrangement to enable the Northern Corridor Improvements project.

At its opening event, a group of young elite and NZ champion riders showed how it’s done - taking turns to ride the new amateur track with a five-metre ramp and the pro track with its towering eight-metre ramp and berm jump.

Upper Harbour Local Board Chair Margaret Miles says it’s a great addition to the area’s growing sports precinct. 

“It looks absolutely fantastic, and it’s situated perfectly for our youth next to the skate park and basketball court."

"New facilities for Harbour Hockey and Rosedale Pony Club are also coming shortly, so it’s an exciting time,” she says. 

The opening event was attended by a numerous Auckland Council elected members, including Auckland Mayor Phil Goff who assisted with ribbon cutting duties.

To learn more about the new facilities and about joining the North Harbour BMX Club, visit

For more information on the Northern Corridor Project, visit