Auckland has a number of off-road cycle and walkways that are perfect for a recreational ride or run, or for a more scenic commute. Check out the routes below.
Central Auckland walking routes
Use our maps to find the best walking route for you into the city centre.
Lightpath & the Nelson Street cycleway
Central Auckland - Cycle to work route. Ride the first part of the Nelson Street cycleway and Te Ara I Whiti, the lightpath.
Central Auckland - Great Rides and cycle to work route. Auckland waterfront along Tamaki Drive is a popular ride.
CBD running routes
These inner-city running routes offer the perfect opportunity to get your heart and legs pumping.
Beach Road cycleway
Central Auckland - Cycle to work route. Connects the Grafton Gully, Upper Queen Street and north-western cycleways with Auckland’s waterfront
Quay Street cycleway
Central Auckland - Cycle to work route. A two-way cycleway that connects with the Britomart ferry terminal.
Grafton Gully cycleway
Central Auckland - Cycle to work route. The Grafton Gully cycleway links the Northwestern cycleway to the Beach Road cycleway.
Central and west Auckland - Cycle to work route which follows the motorway from central Auckland to Lincoln Road.
Rodney - Great Rides route. The Matakana trails ride has fantastic views and many points of interest.
Pakuranga Rotary shared path
East Auckland - Great Rides and cycle to work route. The Rotary shared path links to Half Moon Bay Ferry.
North Auckland - Great Rides route. An easy recreational cycle or walking route with off-road paths.
Onehunga to Mangere
Central Auckland - Great Rides route. This ride provides a great weekend outing with interesting stops and views.
South Auckland - Great Rides route. A paved route that takes you around a picturesque part of the Manukau Harbour coastline.
Te Araroa trail - North Shore
North Auckland - The route runs from Long Bay to Devonport, where you can catch a ferry to Downtown Auckland.
Henderson Creek shared path
West Auckland - Great Rides route. Links to the Northwestern cycleway and the Opanuku Stream shared path.
City centre cycleways
Download a map of how the current and future city centre cycleways work together.
- City centre cycle network (PDF 638KB) - last updated January 2017.
Auckland regional cycle guides
Auckland Transport has a series of cycle maps that cover the Auckland region. Each of the roads on the maps
- Central Auckland cycle map (PDF 3MB) - last updated January 2013.
- Northern cycle map (PDF 1.9MB) - last updated March 2012.
- Western cycle map (PDF 3MB) - last updated January 2013.
- Eastern cycle map (PDF 2MB) - last updated January 2013.
- Southern cycle map (PDF 2MB) - last updated January 2013.
These maps can also be collected from bike shops, libraries, Britomart, information centres and some cycling events. Call us or use our online feedback form to get a hard copy to be mailed out to you (please provide your delivery address and which maps you'd like when using the online feedback form).
Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail
The NZ Cycle Trail is a national project to build a network of world class cycle trails.
Find out more about the rides, check out the rides that are already open and plan your next great riding adventure at nzcycletrail.com
Tips when cycling or walking
Please protect our plants, wildlife and natural heritage:
- Protect plants and wildlife.
- Remove rubbish.
- Keeps streams and the sea clean.
- Keep to the track (respect private property).
- Do not light fires.
Some walkways allow dogs off the leash, however unless clearly signposted keep dogs on a leash at all times and remove droppings.
Walking groups in Auckland
Check out Auckland walking groups on meetup.com to find a group related to your interest or in your local area.