The top 10 most scenic bike rides in the Auckland region have been been revealed in Auckland Transport’s Great Ride Passports.
Each passport contains a map of a ride with a description of the terrain, length, amenities and points of interest along the way. The 10 passports are available at local libraries or from Auckland Transport.
The number of Great Rides has increased to 10 from six last year and Kathryn King, Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling manager says they have proved very popular.
“We are often asked by people who are new to cycling where they can find safe, scenic, fun places to ride. In fact, our cycling maps are among the most searched for items on the Auckland Transport website,” she says.
“These great rides offer a way to get out with family or friends and discover a new part of Auckland by bike. The Auckland region has some stunning natural beauty and what better way to enjoy it than on a bike.”
One of 10 bike rides featured the passports is the Twin Streams bike ride in suburban Henderson, it runs alongside a stream and is surrounded by native bush and birds.
The rides are suitable for most ages and abilities and take in a variety of environments, scenic vistas and points of historical and cultural interest.
The webpage has maps and a short promotional video which provides a glimpse of some hidden gems, accessible only by bike or on foot.
The Great Rides are:
- Matakana Trails
- Te Ara Tahuna Pathway: Orewa Estuary
- Green Route: Devonport to Takapuna
- Hobsonville Point
- Twin Streams: Henderson Creek and Opanuku Stream
- Auckland Waterfront: Britomart to Mission Bay
- Pakuranga Rotary Pathway
- The Cascades Paths: Pakuranga, Botany and Meadowlands
- Waikaraka Cycleway: Onehunga to Mangere Bridge
- Wattle Downs