The old Mangere Bridge and the Waterfront Reserve serve as the hub for a network of paths, boardwalks and bridges that weave through parks, mangroves and historic areas on both sides of the Manukau Harbour. These paths provide easy recreational rides for weekend cyclists, while also giving commuters valuable links in several directions. See the Waikaraka cycleway for rides on the Onehunga side of the bridge.
At the Southern end of the old Mangere Bridge a path leads through the reserve next to Kiwi Esplanade and enters Ambury Regional Farm Park. From the park, the Watercare Coastal Walkway provides access to bird sanctuaries, Mangere lagoon and rugged shoreline paths. The Watercare Coastal Walkway runs for 7km. These paths are not suitable for road bikes as they include gravel surfaces.