Mountain Biking In Auckland
New Zealand’s largest city offers some great options for mountain biking, which is great for both locals and tourists who can simply pick up a bike mount rental from Auckland and explore some fantastic scenery from the saddle of a bike. Many can be completed as day trips, and fit nicely into your itinerary exploring the rest of Auckland.
Sanders Reserve. Located on the Paeremoremo North Shore, this park offers spectacular views of forest, city and sea that can be thoroughly explored by bike. There are some 20km of trails to explore, all of which provide excellent views that you can take at your own pace. The trails themselves have been extremely well designed, with lots of facilities that are maintained by the council and allow you to have a hot shower when you’re finished with your ride. There are also plenty of places to just relax and enjoy a picnic.
Beveridge Trail. Just 30 minutes from the city centre, this trail provides a very gentle and relaxing ride with low gradients and wide pathways. These are shared use so you have to be a little cautious of pedestrians, but overall it’s a very easy journey. It’s the only place to ride a mountain bike in the Waitakere’s, and offers spectacular views to the west coast and to Auckland harbour. It’s best to start the trail at the junction of Scenic Drive and Woodland Park Road, which has parking for your Auckland rental vehicle.
Woodhill. The most popular spot of mountain bikers in Auckland, and for good reason. This reserve provides over 100km of singletrack, with a huge range of different paths on offer for every skill level. It’s open seven days a week and all year round, and the trails are well cared for and drained so that even in winter it’s a great destination for cyclists. There’s a cafe in the carpark as well as a proshop and bikewash, so the facilities are top-notch and perfect for a full day out.
Auckland offers some fantastic opportunities both for thrill seekers and those after a quieter adventure. All are within lose reach of the city, so you never have to worry about a journey taking up most of your day.
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