Auckland maunga

A few weeks ago we took a small trip around Panmure and Glen Innes taking in Maungarei (Mt Wellington in old imperial-speak). This one started in Westmere, across Jagger’s Bush Reserve, through Western Springs, through the Arch Hill cycle tracks, up Maungawhau (Mt Eden), Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) and Owairaka (Mt Albert. I’m wondering why it isn’t called Maungawairaka or something like that).


Jaggers Bush is quite good, but there’s only a short rideable section and then you have to negotiate your way up and down some steps to the track beside the sports fields, so it’s probably best to leave that one for the walkers. Western Springs tracks are great for slow moving family rides but watch out for chilodren, old folks, Asian tourists photographing ducks and each other and ducks, geese and swans. Arch Hill has some interesting single track rides which we couldn’t do on the day because it had been very wet the week beforre so I’ll hop over there again some fi9ne day and give myself a workout on them.


You can get to Maugawhau mostly on side roads, and the ride up is easy enough (power level 4, but I could have used 2 with granny gear just as easily), and there’s a certain smugness to being able to get to the summit on wheels while the car-bound mob have to walk the last few hundred metres.


Getting to Maungakiekie is a bit more fraught because you have to negotiate some main roads like Gillies Ave and Manukau Rd, but once you get across to Puriri Dr you could easily spend half a day cruising around the parks, sharing with slow moving cars. The summit is a bit of 4-power stretch.


Running out of time we by-passed Puketapapa (Mt Roskill) and went straight for Owairaka. Summit Rd is no problem, and the ring road around the craters is easy and undulating, providing great 360 degree views of the whole city from a different, less touristy angle, and then it was an easy ride past the the Motat planes back to the car.


Total distance: 39.51 km
Max elevation: 198 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 1373 m
Total descent: -1363 m
Average speed: 17.39 km/h
Total Time: 04:41:06

Panmure/Glen Innes, Maungarei

One of our aims is to bike up all of the maunga around Auckland.  This one takes in the new Cycleway from Meadowbank to Glen innes – not very long but 4m wide concrete is a treat, with platforms on the slopes to slow us down. They would have worked if I didn’t have a full suspension bike 🙂

Total distance: 20.48 km
Max elevation: 140 m
Min elevation: 28 m
Total climbing: 836 m
Total descent: -825 m
Average speed: 14.38 km/h
Total Time: 03:44:50


Around the Harbour

From home to the boat at Hobsonville Marina,  find our way around the harbour to the NW bike link to the city, nice couple of beers and a cuppa for Jill at the bar downtown, ferry over to Northcote and home.

Total distance: 58.72 km
Max elevation: 138 m
Min elevation: 26 m
Total climbing: 2049 m
Total descent: -2119 m
Average speed: 21.00 km/h
Total Time: 07:24:53

GBI / Aotea

The car ferry is a treat. It chugs along at 11-12knots (I checked on Navionics, my navigation app), dead calm until the Colville Channel, then the swell came from the beam and I didn’t like that much, and while you’re spending 4 or 5 hours with a group of strangers you get to hear  few tales and have a few people to wave to. Friendly and slow which sets you up for the Barrier. 

I forgot to turn on Geo Tracker, but the trip over the hill to medland is a doddle on our bikes. I was puffing at the top but at least I got there. And to here

Port Fitzroy and back

I had estimated 45-50k starting from Clarissa, but Shark alley is about 8k more and one more climb. 69k more likely with 1250 vertical metres, the last third in my case with no battery. 41k is not a good range and I was being careful.

Total distance: 66.14 km
Max elevation: 383 m
Min elevation: 23 m
Total climbing: 3288 m
Total descent: -3282 m
Average speed: 17.53 km/h
Total Time: 07:59:37

Harataonga Coastal Walkway

Some maps say it’s a MTB track some say “Not for bikes”, another map showed it as grade 2, and they all said it was fairly flat for the Barrier, so with the bikes in the back of the rental SW we slowly negotiated the road to the doc camp.

Bit of an uphill to start with, wide and formed with a bit of gravel, but a few J’s along and you’re into single track, deeply rutted with well formed drains, some down right informed with steep drop offs and it was all adding up to grade 3+. Great views, awesome ride along a piece of NZ you can’t see any other way from land, perfect weather, fabulous bikes and Jill for company.

Total distance: 23.65 km
Max elevation: 176 m
Min elevation: 36 m
Total climbing: 1760 m
Total descent: -1759 m
Average speed: 10.70 km/h
Total Time: 04:36:00

Soak in the hot pools on the way home, down to Swallows for an excellent burger, car to the airport and bike the 6k home, me in low ratio because I still can’t get the front derailleur adjustment right. This one is gallery 12

Total distance: 6.79 km
Max elevation: 73 m
Min elevation: 35 m
Total climbing: 209 m
Total descent: -177 m
Average speed: 19.80 km/h
Total Time: 00:25:56

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