The best family-friendly bike rides in Auckland

Last Updated : 02 May 2022

Get the whole family active on one of Auckland’s fantastic bike paths. Scenic routes wind through tranquil neighbourhoods and reserves and meander along coastal areas and past playgrounds, with plenty of places to stop and picnic or play.

These paths are gentle and picturesque, suitable for kids and first-time cyclists.

Waterview Path

Following Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek, the wide, sealed Waterview Path is more than just a cycle ride; it offers a range of things to see and do along the way. Kids will love zooming across the colourful bridges and stopping to inspect the playgrounds and skate parks. If you want to take a break from your bicycles, you can explore the Oakley Creek Waterfall and heritage walk through native bush along the edge of the stream.

Oakley Creek Esplanade Reserve

Oakley Creek Esplanade Reserve

Te Ara Tahuna/Ōrewa Estuary Path

Cycle the Te Ara Tahuna around the edge of the Ōrewa Estuary, through bush and parks. The route is a gentle loop with lovely views across the water and interesting features such as Māori carvings which celebrate the area’s history as an abundant food source. The flat and sealed path is perfect for children on bikes.

Pakuranga Rotary Path

Get views of Maungarei (Mount Wellington) and the sweeping Tāmaki Estuary on this flat bike ride along the Tāmaki River, from Farm Cove to the Panmure Bridge.

A highlight of the path is the snakes and ladders park in Farm Cove, where the kids can stop and enjoy some fun with a view. There are also other scenic picnic spots near the water, where you can pause and watch boats gliding by.

Views from Clendon Path

Views from Clendon Path

Clendon Path

Explore the Manukau Harbour foreshore on the coastal Clendon cycle trail in Manurewa. The trail is relatively flat and tours past picnic spots and sports fields, with stunning views of the coast. You can even get down to the water for a paddle at different points, if the tide is right.

Narrow Neck to Devonport Path

Enjoy a family day out on this path from Narrow Neck Beach to Devonport village. The shared path swoops past beaches and reserves, and has excellent views of Rangitoto Island and Maungauika (North Head). At Narrow Neck Beach there is a great playground, and Cheltenham Beach is another worthwhile stop where you can enjoy a refreshing swim or rest under a pōhutukawa tree.

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