Welcome to Auckland

New Zealand's largest city Auckland got off to a slow start in terms of inner city offroad trails, but always has had a few great forest options on the city fringes since MTB came on the scene (Riverhead, Woodhill, Hunua and now Whitford & Maraetai).

It is now catching up with inner city MTB trail networks in Manukau's Totara Park and North Shore's Sanders Reserve with the cyclewaynewzealand.co.nz crew working on getting more trails sooner rather than later!  Not to mention non-MTB off-road options which we will keep you up to date on.

Auckland Trails & News

  • Auckland Airport MTB Trails

    Learn to fly - on your bike!

    Auckland Airport MTB

    Yes, it is true - there are MTB trails at Auckland Airport! And our very own Gabb was the leading designer!

  • Waitawa Regional Park MTB Trails

    Wonderful new asset for Auckland

    Hunua MTB Trails

    Opened in October 2013, this Auckland Regional Park has had a major MTB boost over winter 2015. Check out our video of the new stuff at this fabulous piece of Hauraki magic with stunning views during an adrenaline boosting ride...

  • Albany Uni Campus MTB Trails, Auckland

    Wicked Single Track in Small Area

    Albany Uni Campus MTB Trails, Auckland

    Please note that this trail network is sadly no more...

  • Volunteers plant 1000's of trees at Totara Park

    Over 20,000 plants accompany new MTB trails

    MTB Community Tree PlantingGreat community involvement at Totara Park MTB Park with over 20 park users young and old volunteering their Saturday to plant over 1500 plants around the new MTB track...

Latest News

  • Another $330m to be spent on NZ cycleways

    June 2015 and New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced that 41 cycleways around the country will be getting what he called the "biggest investment in cycling" in NZ's history
  • Bike on Pavement

    Auckland's Ambitious Plans for Cycling

    Proof will be in the pudding

    With a proposed $111m - yes, ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS - Auckland Transport's new walking and cycling manager has some interesting thoughts on the cycleway ahead (so to speak)...
  • Hunua MTB Trails

    Waitawa Regional Park MTB Trails

    Wonderful new asset for Auckland

    Opened in October 2013, this Auckland Regional Park has had a major MTB boost over winter 2015. Check out our video of the new stuff at this fabulous piece of Hauraki magic with stunning views during an adrenaline boosting ride...

  • Auckland Airport MTB

    Auckland Airport MTB Trails

    Learn to fly - on your bike!

    Yes, it is true - there are MTB trails at Auckland Airport! And our very own Gabb was the leading designer!

  • Queen Charlotte Track now part of Cycle Trail

    Posted on Mon., Mar. 1, 2013

    Some of correspondents rate this the best multi-day ride ever. And now it gets an extra level of recognition...

Albany Uni Campus MTB Trails, Auckland

Wicked Single Track in Small Area

Royal Albany Mountain-bike Trail Closed

6th April 2018:
The former cycle trails are no longer available to the public.

We regret any inconvenience caused.

Massey University.


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First up: ride these trails only in the dry.  I'll say that again: ride these trails only in the dry.  You have been warned.  Try riding them in the wet and you will not enjoy it and more importantly you will mess up the trails, making for slower recovery.

But when it's dry, oh boy!

This is pretty raw MTB.  By that I mean we are talking clay soil with plenty of off camber roots via countless tight corners.  Did I say tight?  Oh yeah - they have packed as much trail into one little area as you could manage without a spiral!

It takes a while for some riders to get used to the fact that other sections of the trail can been seen less than a metre either side of you as you ride - sometimes the layout looks impossible.  You are not sure if you will be over there in 5 seconds of 5 minutes (as Doova found out when he tried some trail jumping: "Guys!  Guys!  Where are you?").

There are very few decent decents before you find yourself climbing again, that is the nature of these trails.  And we like it!  If you live local and ride these trails often, you will be one hard MTB dude. 

Thing is, many riders let it beat them up.  But you can actually pace yourself well here and ride it pretty damn fast.  It is about gear selection (rather than try a gear change, get up on those pedals and push hard up that next 30 metres) and making the turns as smooth as possible.

So we say well done to James and the crew.  And thanks to Massey University for letting it happen.


Twisting and Turning - Through this well established native forest, the Royal Route makes maximum use of a small area.


True Single Track - and tight and technical.  This is raw.


Educational Design - The Massey University Campusthat you ride from is an impressive bit of architecture.


Stay Sharp - around any corner could be one of the many tricky obstacles.

 

How to get to the Albany MTB Trails

The land used for these trails is provided with tke kind permission of the Massey University. If you park at the campus, please show utmost respect.


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