Attending a guided ride

Come and join us on a fun, free guided ride to discover some of Auckland’s best new cycle paths and see where they can take you. 

The paths are suitable for all levels of riding and with connections into schools, cafes, town centres and more, they are perfect for local trips and getting out and exploring.


Key things

  • Registration is required for all courses due to limited capacity.
  • Rides are free and open to Auckland residents over the age of 18.
  • Bring your own bike or try one of ours. 
  • Courses are delivered by Bigfoot Adventures on behalf of Auckland Transport.
  • Rides take around 2 - 3 hours including an intro, bike and skills check and route planning as well as the ride. Rides vary in distance,  and participants will need to be of a reasonable level of fitness. Rides will be at a pace to suit all attendees on the day.
  • Ride options
    • Orakei to Glen Innesthis approx. 10km ride goes from Orakei train station through to Glen Innes via the newly completed sections 1-3 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai (the path of land and sea). This is a completely separated route with magnificent views and links into the eastern suburbs.
    • Northwestern Path - this ride goes from Waterview Primary with the options of either heading west towards Westgate (12km one way), or heading into the CBD (6km to Upper Queen St). It’s a completely separated path in both directions and participants can choose which way they would like to explore on the day.
    • Tamaki Drive to the Viaduct - cruise the 9.5km from St Heliers along the Tamaki Drive cycle route to the Ferry Building. With an option of being able to continue along to the Viaduct and Westhaven. There’s no better way to get into the city than by bike.
    • Devonport to Takapuna - starting from Stanley Bay Reserve by the beach in Devonport this ride has 2 options – a longer 8km (16km return) option towards Takapuna along the Green Route or, the alternative option which is shorter, slightly easier pathway taking in the Devonport beaches and North Head. Both options will include short sections of on-road riding, as well as cycle paths.
    • Mangere BridgeExplore around the Manukau Harbour on this ride from Onehunga Lagoon, over the new Mangere Bridge before cruising around the harbour to Ambury Park and heading past Puketutu Island enroute to Otuataua Stonefields (14km one way, 28km return). Some on-road riding required. 
    • Orewa Estuary Take a break from the city and check out the shared path around Orewa Estuary. The 8km loop path follows the waters edge through parks and bush trails with plenty of link paths to explore along the way.
    • Henderson PathsCheck out some of the best of the west on this ride from Henderson along the Project Twin Streams paths. This ride has two options and will be decided on the day – the first along the Opanuku Stream Path towards Henderson Valley (8km return), or head out to the Northwestern Path via the Henderson Creek Path (6km return).
    • New Lynn to AvondaleExplore the great cycle connections in the New Lynn / Avondale area by heading from Waterview Primary along the Waterview Path. Then join onto the New Lynn to Avondale Path and head all the way into New Lynn on a separated cycle way (return trip 11km).

Upcoming guided bike rides