Walking and cycling

Photo showing people using bikes on a shared path.

Many trips in Whangārei can be made by walking or riding a bike, and our expanding network of shared paths can even provide shortcuts for the most common routes.  

Shared paths provide a safe, road-separated option for recreational and commuter cycling and walking with the path being shared between cyclists, pedestrians and mobility scooters.

Why make your trips on a shared path?

  • Minimal congestion 
  • Easy parking 
  • Get exercise while you get around 
  • It's fun!

Urban shared path network

Keep left when using shared paths, keep to a polite speed and distance when passing people, and please keep to the pavement.

This downloadable, printable map shows the status of the Urban Shared Path network as of 2021. It includes:

  • Te Kamo Shared Path
  • Raumanga Shared Path
  • Onerahi Shared Path (Riverside Drive )
  • Hātea Loop
  • Tikipunga Shared Path
  • Proposed shared paths to be built as funding becomes available. 

Map of urban shared paths(PDF, 459KB)

Preview image for the Shared Path network map.

Bike parking

You can lock a bike in public as long as it is out of the way, for example locking to a lamp-post or to purpose-made bike-parking. For security, it's best to lock the frame and one wheel to a fixed structure such as a bike-parking loop.

Do you know of a public destination where a bicycle parking stand is needed? Please contact us and we'll investigate!

Contact us 

What kind of cycle stand should I install for my business?

Private developers and business owners are encouraged to use this guide in selecting the type of stand most suitable for your employee, visitor and customer needs.

Cycle parking planning and design (nzta.govt.nz)

Recreational walking and cycling

In addition to the urban network of shared paths, there are lots of walking tracks, several bike tracks, and shared paths and mountain biking paths outside of the Whangārei urban area.

In addition to this, we support some sports and community groups operating in Whangārei.

Shared Path improvements

We have secured central Government funding to extend and complete the Te Kamo and Raumanga Shared Paths.

Transport Choices programme

Planning is also underway to connect our Shared Path network through the central city as well as investing in a Tikipunga to central city cycle network and an urban shared path in the Port Nikau, Limeburners and Otaika area.

We are also developing rural and coastal cycleways connecting:

  • Whangārei with Ngunguru and Whananaki in the north
  • Ruakākā and Waipū Cove in the south and 
  • Whangārei Heads. 

Walking and Cycling Strategy

Whangārei to Whananaki

The proposed Whangārei to Whananaki cycleway incorporates the route from Scow Landing (Memorial Bridge) to Ngunguru, known as the Ngunguru Old Coach Trail, as well as the Tutukākā Coast.

Whangārei to Waipū Cove

The Whangārei to Waipū Cove route incorporates the existing Waipū to Waipū Cove Walkway.

The route will eventually provide a continuous cycleway connecting Whangārei with Auckland, via Mangawhai, Langs Beach, Waipū and Ruakākā.

Whangārei Heads

The Whangārei Heads route will connect our harbour communities and the outstanding landscapes and walkways in this area.

The proposed route includes the initial development of a connection from Parua Bay to McLeod Bay.

Mangawhai to Langs

This preliminary study shows Mangawhai to Langs cycleway routes and their comparison.

Mangawhai to Waipū cycle trail - route scoping option analysis(PDF, 2MB)

Waipū to Marsden Cove

Here is a route investigation and design report for Waipū to Marsden Cove cycle trail. 

Waipū to Marsden Cove Marina cycle trail - route investigation and design report(PDF, 5MB)