The best way to soak in the beauty of New Zealand’s biggest city is either on foot (so you can take your time soaking in the fantastic sceneries) or on a two-wheeler (so you can cover more distance).
If you are more inclined to do the latter, you can also explore the city’s hills and ever-growing network of cycle lanes on an electric bike. Whether you choose a conventional or motorized bicycle, here are three routes that you will want to try.
1. Under the Harbour Bridge
It’s a flat ride from Adventure Capital along the waterfront towards the Harbour Bridge, and it’s almost completely separated from vehicle traffic. The route takes you along North Wharf, past Silo Park and along the boardwalks of Westhaven Marina. After riding under the Harbour Bridge, turn and meander your way back, yacht-spotting along the way.
2. To Waiheke island
Bicycles can be taken on most of Auckland’s ferries, and Waiheke Island (about 37km away from the Downtown Ferry Terminal) is particularly rewarding for cyclists, with its small back roads, beaches and wineries. Jacqui Wilkinson, owner of Adventure Capital, also leads guided bicycle tours on Waiheke. He recommends Onetangi Beach for a swim, and the lesser-frequented Batch Winery for a drink and a nibble. adventurecapital.nz
3. To Woodhill Mountain Bike Park
If riding off-road is more your style, Woodhill Mountain Bike Park offers a single-track network that’s purpose-built for mountain biking. Bikes can be hired on-site, and tracks cater to a variety of mountain-biking abilities. It’s open all year round, and offers coaching for those looking to up their skills. bikeparks.co.nz