The Rail and Maritime Trade Union (RMTU) has given notice of its intent to commence industrial action from Monday 26 February to Friday 16 March.

Auckland Transport and Transdev have developed a temporary timetable to minimise disruption and provide consistent rail services on these lines during this period.

Customers can expect Southern, Western and Eastern line weekday peak train services at 20-minute intervals, with inter-peak and off-peak services running as normal. Many trains on these services will run with six cars, which can hold 900 passengers, to help reduce impact.

Onehunga and Pukekohe weekday train services and weekend train services across all lines will remain on their usual timetable.

Ferry and bus services will operate as normal.

Read the media release: Temporary timetable on trains due to industrial action.

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Matakana cycle ride Matakana

Matakana trails ride to Omaha and Point Wells

This ride has been established by the Matakana Cycle Trail Trust and takes you from Matakana to Omaha and Point Wells. The ride is recommended for more confident cyclists as it includes sections on gravel roads. 

Matakana Cycleway

  • 14km.
  • About 1 hour.
  • A mix of off-road shared paths, cycle lanes and quiet roads with 50km – 70km hour speed limits.
  • Gravel and sealed sections.
  • Caution is required if crossing Matakana bridge from the township.

Matakana cycle ride map

Matakana cycle ride map

More about this route

The Matakana trails ride has fantastic views and many points of interest including café’s, wineries and roadside stalls offering fresh produce. The track goes through farmland as well as bush and quiet communities.

Along the way 8 ceramic sculptural markers feature stylised maps of the area’s topography. These indicate selected features like lakes, roads and buildings encountered along the route. Some are paired to hold macrocarpa slab bench seats that offer a place to rest and contemplate the landscape.

The path itself is predominantly gravel, and there are sections of gravel road so road bikes are not recommended. There is one steep section up and down to Takatu Road.

The Matakana Cycle Trail Trust has worked extensively with community members, authorities and private land owners to develop these cycling and walking trails. 

Matakana Cycleway BeachHighlights

  • Fantastic views.
  • Omaha Beach.
  • Wineries and road-side stalls.

Facilities

  • Food shops and cafes.
  • Picnic areas.
  • Swimming spot at high tide near Omaha.

Share the path

  • Slower traffic has right of way.
  • Please be courteous towards other path users.
  • Ring your bell before passing.
  • Remember to smile, wave and have a good time.
  • Ride on the left and pass on the right.