Cycling and mountain biking
Discover fully accessible, scenic and waterside paths suitable for a leisurely ride with the kids along with a new bike park with circuit and pump tracks. Then get into a network of world-class mountain bike tracks with beginner to extreme options and fantastic machine-built and hand cut mountain-biking trails!
Hātea Loop – Huarahi o te Whai
In the heart of Whangārei city, this 4.2km waterside, shared pathway loops around the Hātea River and crosses the impressive Te Matau ā Pohe bascule bridge which lifts daily at noon. This is an easy fully flat cycle ride with many interesting attractions along the way.
Onerahi & Kamo Shared Paths
The Hātea Loop that starts at the Town Basin connects with the Onerahi Shared Path and Boswell Track, a former railway route that passes through the rich and diverse ecology of a mangrove forest. Continue on to Beach Road, Onerahi and enjoy the inner harbour beach and playground. The entire journey is approximately 14kms one way.
The fully accessible Kamo Shared Path is a shared off-road route following the rail corridor running from the city centre to residential areas north of the city. Then take a short ride along suburban streets and you’ll arrive at the picturesque Otuihau – Whangārei Falls.
Here's a map for both paths(PDF, 523KB).
Pohe Island Bike Park
Located in the city centre, there's something for everyone at this new bike park. The 800m circuit track is perfect for coaching road riders and para cyclists as well as being a great place to race the kids. Focus on road safety in the traffic skills and coaching area. The beginner bike skills track, with ramps, see saws and slalom poles, will help kids (and adults) develop their skills. And how many laps can you do on the world-class pump track without pedalling?! The park also links to the shared paths network creating multiple cycling routes around the city.
The whole family will enjoy the BMX track at Pohe Island, Riverside Drive. Connect with the Whangārei BMX Club here.
Ngunguru Old Coach Trail
Cycle the 16km scenic coach trail, closed in 1950, between the historic Scow Landing and waterside Ngunguru village.
The Parihaka MTB Park is a five minute drive from the city centre, is home to primarily Grade 3-5, flow and gravity-oriented trails, machine-built by local builders Trail Flow, Whangārei Trail Builders and Southstar Trails. The Glenbervie MTB Trail is 10 minutes from the city centre, offers 40km of hand cut trails ranging in grades and lengths.
Trail Forks has great maps for both trails. Connect with this passionate MTB community at WhangāreiMTB.nz and ride these trails soon!
Just 10kms from the city centre, the adventure park has a wide range of easy to challenging riding tracks purpose-built for mountainbiking, 'monster dirt scooters' and 'fat bikes' which can be hired on site.