Auckland’s hilly terrain can be a challenge for families with bike-riding toddlers and prams or buggies. Luckily, we’ve found some of the best bike tracks in Auckland for easy riding and pram-walking!
P.S. If you don’t want ‘older kids’ racing around you, time your visit during school hours and you’re good to go. Don’t limit your fun day out to just these places, check out our other Auckland pump tracks!
Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter
Where: Corner Beaumont Street and Jellicoe, Jellicoe St, Auckland Central
With city-scape and water views, a fantastic playground and room to roam, this central gem is a classic place for little ones to explore. Wander through the water’s edge, huge art displays, towards the exciting Te Wero bridge (if you’re lucky, you can watch the bridge open up for big boats to whizz through), or further down the wharf’s edge to where all types of parked boats are displayed. There are also public bathrooms and lots of food options nearby (I spy Sal’s Pizza!).
Where: 731 Great North Rd, Western Springs
If you’ve got a bit of old bread to spare on a sunny day, head over to Western Springs – home to one of Auckland’s natural lakes and wildlife. Whether it’s a short walk or for feeding the geese, see to it that the kiddos bring their bikes and helmets, as this track is ideal for a free family day out.
Te Ara i Whiti, The Lightpath (pictured above)
This fantastic walkway/cycleway commonly known as “The Pink Path” or more officially known as Te Ara I Whiti, the Lightpath is a must-visit for any family. The iconic, magenta-coloured lightpath is an off-road pathway in Auckland’s CBD, separated from traffic. It offers thrilling views and spectacular colour-changing LED lights at night – ride along them and watch them change colour! There’s a pocket-sized map you can download (there’s also a location for a physical pick-up of the map). Bear in mind that K’ Road may be your best bet for food or bathroom breaks, as the stretch is up to 7kms long!
Where: 104 Clarence Street, Ponsonby
Pack your snacks, grab your bikes and head to Tole Reserve, one of Auckland’s finest neighbourhood parks. A vibrant, newly painted bike track has been incorporated next to the playground to ensure your children can ride in an enjoyable environment. This park is also home to a basketball court and off-leash dog area.
Grey Lynn Pump Track
Where: 48 Dryden Street, Grey Lynn
The recently opened Grey Lynn Pump Track is the ultimate park for children keen show off their jumps, twists, and turns. Young bikers so far have been loving this track, which is proving to be a hotspot for BMX, mountain bike, and skateboard enthusiasts. Of course, training wheels are most welcome too! Situated alongside the track is a flat pathway, perfect for prams and watching parents.
Hobsonville Point Coastal Walkway
Located only a short walk from the Ferry Terminal, this coastal walk is suitable for all: walkers, scooters, bikes, prams, bubs and parents alike. Perfect for four-wheeled riders and prams, most of the ride is off-road and flat (just a few wee hills), and the path is sealed except for a short gravelled section along the shoreline.
This cycleway tours you around the breathtaking views of the landing, the wharf and the harbour. And if parent-brain has struck and you’ve forgotten the bikes, there is a bike rental stall on the wharf. When you and your little ones get a chance, near the wharf are stairs leading up to a big bucket swing and flying fox. The views are stunning from up there!
Avondale Central Reserve
Where: Racecourse Parade, Avondale
Upgraded in 2015, this awesome track was created for kids learning to ride (cute mini road signs included!). Vibrant and fun, this track teaches children basic cycling road rules, including when to give way and stop. Enjoy a stroll while the little ones learn more about safe cycling on the road, with a helmet and training wheels, of course.
Where: Seymour Road, Glen Eden
Parrs Park is well-known for its sports fields, basketball courts, and the large playground. What sometimes isn’t mentioned is the excellent bike track suitable for family outings.
Where: Greville Rd, Forrest Hill
Another awesome track for beginners, Greville Reserve has a colourfully painted track that is simple and enjoyable for learners. Basketball courts, a playground, and an area for skateboarding and soccer are also on site.
By Jianne Takeda
(IMAGE AT TOP: thespinoff.co.nz)