We want to make it safer and easier for more people to ride bikes around our city.
We’re working on a Tauranga Cycle Plan to help get more people on bikes. We are talking with the community about how to get more people riding their bikes around our beautiful city.
We’ve been building an urban network of 10 main commuter routes for people who want to travel by bike, totalling 150km, plus a wider network of recreational connections and routes.
Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty urban cycleways programme
Maps and routes
Cycle Network Map (353kb pdf)
Tauranga Walkways and Cycleways booklet (2.29mb pdf)
Or search local bike routes on Map my Ride
Urban Mountain Bike Routes
Urban MTB Loop 1 (2.4mb pdf)
- Start at the end of Birch Avenue where you can follow the pathway up to Cambridge Road via Coventry Street and Chester Street.
- Go down Waihi Road to Bethlehem Reserve where there are great signed pathways directing you to Cambridge Road Park (the new home of Tauranga’s international standard BMX track) via Orange Lane, St Andrews Drive and Wakefield Drive.
- There are numerous walking & mountain bike tracks in this new park. Exit the park next to the Toll Road on the bottom left hand side to follow the formed pathway back to Birch Avenue.
- You can also start at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue, follow the “boardwalk” pathway south until you get to Kopurererua Stream. Then follow the stream to the north (down stream) to cross under the three road bridges. At the third bridge, cross over on the outside of the traffic lane to get to Birch Ave.
Urban MTB Loop 2 (2.4mb pdf)
- Starting at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue, follow the “boardwalk” pathway south to the Kopurererua Stream.
- From the stream, follow the pathway south upstream to the end of the river pathway.
- Turn into Wylie Street and then Jones Street to the cul-de-sac head pathway up the steep track to Chadwick Road. Follow Chadwick Road down to Fraser Street, trun onto Fraser Street and follow it to Yatton Park, home of the City’s tallest trees.
- At the back of the park there are paths down to the harbour pathway which will take you to Fraser Cove shopping centre.
- Head up 18th Ave and follow it east to Grace Road harbour side pathway. Follow the pathway to 16th Avenue to link back to Grace Road, Fraser Street and Cameron Road and back to the Historic Village on 17th Avenue.
Urban MTB Loop 3 (1.8mb pdf)
- Start from The Strand in the City Centre, keep the coast to your ‘right’ and head down Dive Crescent.
- Follow Dive Crescent, Mirrielees Road, Cross Road, over the pedestrian bridge to Chapel Street, Maxwell’s Road, Harbour Drive, Kulim Park, and Beach Road to Fergusson Park.
- Then head along Tainui Street, Matua Road, Manuwai Street to the playground at Kings Avenue.
- Head along Levers Road, Sunny Bay Street and into the Matua Salt Marsh Reserve.
- This will link to the railway underpass to Ngatai Road. Turn right into Margaret Road then Princess Road, Westward Street and into Carmichael Reserve.
- At the top of the reserve you will find Waihi Road again. Follow it up to, get up to Cambridge Road and down Chester Street, Coventry Street, down the pathway to Birch Avenue and then cross the stream at the bridge to the Cameron Road side.
- Follow the pathway to your left and exit out into Koromiko Street.
- Cross over Waihi Road and into Graham Park and then back to the City centre.
Oropi Grove Mountain Bike Park
Tauranga City Council owns and manages Oropi Grove Mountain Bike Park with the assistance of Mountainbike Tauranga and volunteers.
For more information and to view the park loop ride map visit Mountainbike Tauranga.
BikeReady is New Zealand's national cycling education system, delivered by Travel Safe locally. BikeReady equips people of all ages with the skills to be safe and considerate out on the road by:
- giving kids skills at the right time in their life — from learning bike handling skills in primary school through to learning how to ride on-road when ready
- helping adults, especially those who have never ridden a bike or haven't ridden for a while, gain confidence for the road conditions they'd expect to encounter
- lifting competence and confidence, especially for young people on bikes — their bike is their first vehicle and a means of independent travel
For more information on local programmes visit Travel Safe or for the national story visit BikeReady.
Bike Month is held in February each year and is packed with local cycling activities for people who ride bikes of all abilities. For information on activities around Tauranga and the wider Western Bay of Plenty visit Play in the Bay.
Last Reviewed: 08/02/2019