Although the GPS tracked 76km this is a 73km ride. I joined the North Western cycle path in Henderson and headed for the city.
Apart from crossing St Lukes road (near Western Springs) you can ride all the way to the ferry terminal without going on the road.
Jumped on the Devonport ferry and a chance to do 3km without turning a pedal. On arrival in Devonport head up the hill and follow Victoria Rd to the Ngataringa cycle path.
I joined the road for a bit, heading back onto the cycle path from Bayswater Rd (beside the cemetery).
Photo: Ferries at Devonport (with Auckland CBD in the background)
I gave Takapuna a miss and stopped at Milford Beach, below, which is nice even when the tide is low. There’s a new pedestrian/cycle bridge near the marina which makes continuing north less of a hassle, no need to double back around the inlet now.
The North Shore is a bit short of cycle paths (those which exist are not well connected) so it was back on the road heading for the west. If you choose the less travelled roads (like Sunset Rd rather than Constellation Drive) the traffic isn’t too bad. You re-join cycle path at Greenhithe to go over the Upper Harbour Bridge to Hobsonville. I remember riding over the original two lane bridge illegally, it had no cycle provision and was closed to bicycles…
West Harbour (below) was my last decent view of the Waitemata Harbour, most of which I’d ridden around on this trip. I had missed a bit as didn’t venture north to Riverhead on this ride.
You can see from the time below this wasn’t a race! It surprises me how the elevation gain, 1346m, around Auckland stacks up as none of the hills seem that high.
Woking, England, is the home of the modern McLaren but their founder is a Kiwi icon. They returned to New Zealand to retrace, in the 650S Spider road car, some of Bruce’s formative drives and visit the many McLaren related landmarks around Auckland.
Today McLaren’s home is in Woking, England, but the story started nearly 80 years ago on the other side of the world. We return to New Zealand in a 650S Spider to trace the early years of our company’s eponymous founder, Bruce McLaren…
They are familiar to me and I both cycle and drive the West Auckland roads seen in their lovely photos (sadly in nothing as exotic as a McLaren!). Not sure the the Bethells Beach Valley is really part of “The Scenic Drive” but it is certainly nearby, very scenic, and would be a great drive in a McLaren! I liked the perspective of their Waitea Road, Muriwai, photo (above). Below is the same road/view through the windscreen of my Bravo and from my bike.
Short local loop, some quiet back roads and a bit of bush single track (shared, so not racy) and a section of the Scenic Drive. Just 23km but 600m climbing and a fun tarmac descent down West Coast Rd (max 62 km/h without pedalling!).
It was cool to find my photos being used to promote some great Hauraki Gulf Island walks—although I was (legally) cycling when I took them—on the Department of Conservation website. They discovered them on my Flickr site and thought worth sharing.