This cycling tour uses electric-assisted bikes, so your ride will be a leisurely tour, no extreme pedalling required. The lightweight motor will help you to cycle up hills without breaking a sweat, and they’re suitable for any fitness level, so don’t worry if you’re not a champion cyclist!
We start our Auckland bike tour at the Viaduct Harbour — as a centre of activity of the 2000 America's Cup hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the area is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Next to the Viaduct is Princes Wharf, home to many upmarket restaurants and the Hilton hotel. The stunning views at the end of the wharf towards Devonport and back to the Auckland Harbour give an insight into why Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and provides an opportunity to learn more about the 50 volcanoes that Auckland is built on.
We’ll then take the newly created cycle path that goes out all the way along the coastline. Along the waterfront you’ll learn the history and hear the story of the local Iwi (Maori tribe), Ngati Whatua, who lived in Okahu Bay until they were evicted in the 1950s. The people were placed in state housing, and their original homes, marae, and communal buildings were taken down. It would be another 40 years before Ngati Whatua had their own marae again; all they had left was a cemetery situated on a quarter acre of land.
Before reaching Mission Bay we head uphill and stop off at the beautiful Parnell Rose Garden, home to over 5000 rose bushes and stunning views of the city.
Around the corner is St Stephen’s Chapel, a small yet delightful church that occupies the site of one of the first churches built in New Zealand under the direction of Bishop Selwyn in 1844.
Finally, we’ll make our way up a steep hill (don’t worry, it’ll be no trouble for our electric-assisted bikes!) to the grand Auckland War Memorial Museum and the beautiful Domain parkland. While we won’t have time to visit the exhibits inside, you’ll get to see this most iconic building and its spectacular setting overlooking the harbour and city skyline, and you can ask your guide any questions you have for coming back and seeing the museum on your own time.
We’ll then ride along the cycleway across Grafton Bridge. Painted pink and only recently opened, the path shows what is possible when old off-ramps and enlightened traffic engineers get together. The path is part of some $200 million that the NZ government is spending on improving cycleways in the city over the coming years. As we head off downhill, we’ll make a short detour into the old City Works Depot and see some of the cool eateries and creative businesses that have set up home here.
Carrying on further down the hill we’ll go past Victoria Park Market and Orams Marine Village, home to an incredible 400 boats all stacked up in a great big garage for the sea-loving locals. We’ll finally reach our final stop at Wynyard Quarter. Originally a storage facility for petrochemicals, this area has been transformed into a collection of chic cafés and restaurants, and offers the opportunity to see the Auckland Harbour Bridge and all the yachts on the water, as well as great views over the harbour to the city centre’s high rises.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, electric-assisted bike and helmet rental, water.
Exclusions: Food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear closed-toe footwear (no sandals) and comfortable clothing for cycling.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 8 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Auckland is often a windy and sometimes wet city. We will run the tours in all but the worst of weather, and will supply a basic waterproof jacket if it looks like rain. Please wear suitable clothing for the day’s weather.
Child Policy: Children under age 12 are not allowed for this tour.