Cycling and Mountain Biking in Porirua
This section highlights the cycling and mountain biking tracks in Porirua, with links to local information and news, cyclist tips and resources.
Riding in and around urban Porirua
Porirua is a haven for cycling and mountain bike tracks. Some of the most spectacular views of the region and lower North Island are to be enjoyed from the hills surrounding Porirua.
Download and print our one page Cycling and Mountain Biking Tracks Map (1.5MB pdf), or click the map image above.
We are developing new tracks in the Rangituhi Trails which are not on this map. Our map shows the tracks available over the wider Porirua region. More challenging routes are available on the Summit Track up to Colonial Knob or look at the Greater Wellington Regional Parks – Battle Hill Farm Forest Park and Belmont Regional Park.
For cycling in and around the urban area, refer to the Porirua's Walking and Cycling Tracks Brochure (5MB 2 page pdf). Many of the bike tracks in Porirua are suitable for everyone in the family with easy grade tracks in Bothamley Park and Whitireia Park, as well as on the popular Ara Harakeke between Paremata and Pukerua Bay.
Mountain bikers are also welcome on all the red lines (dotted and solid) on this map.
Longer cycling routes
For a longer cycle (1-2 hours on the Porirua section), try the C1 Route: The Coast to Capital Gateway Trail. This is a cycle route from Tawa up the Kapiti Coast that offers a quiet, safe route. For most of the route, you are not riding on State Highway One, apart from Centennial Highway where you ride on the path beside the highway, and a short couple of sections around Manakau and Otaki. In Porirua, the C1 Route is mainly on sealed, shared pathways off any traffic lane. For details of the route in Porirua refer to our Walking and Cycling Tracks Brochure (5MB 2 page pdf) under the heading "Long Routes".
For the very daring try Long Route 3: the Battle Hill to Kapiti challenge. Details of this are also in our Walking and Cycling Tracks Brochure (5MB 2 page pdf).
Gareth Varley Memorial Mountain Bike Skills Track
And for those wanting to improve their mountain biking skills, the Gareth Varley Memorial Mountain Bike Skills Track will be well worth a trip. This track is a free community project for youth developed in memory of Gareth Varley, a young mountain biker killed in an accident while on a trip to Canada representing New Zealand at the 1998 World Mountain Biking Championships. The track is 1.25 kilometres long and involves straights, hills, forest, skills and bridges. It can be accessed either off Warspite Avenue (Ascot Park), next to Waitangirua Intermediate, or from the Ascot Park Reserve carpark on Conclusion Street.
A network of walking and mountain biking trails which is being extended in the reserves lying to the west of Porirua.
The Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park Development Plan sets the framework for recreational development of the reserves and for the management of the landscape and biodiversity.
Code of Conduct for Porirua's Shared Pathways
Many of Porirua's cycling and mountain biking tracks are shared pathways, used by cyclists, walkers, joggers and pushchairs. To help everyone enjoy themselves please follow the Code of Conduct for shared pathways:
1. Keep left as far as practical, except when passing another user going in your direction (pass on the right). Go in single file when other users are present. Step off the path when stopping.
2. Consider Others: Control your speed, slow down, and use caution when approaching or overtaking other users. Look behind when changing positions. Cyclists use hand signals. Don't assume others can see or hear you.
3. Giving Way: Cyclists always give way to pedestrians. Give way to uphill users.
4. Cyclists Warn Others When Passing: Ring your bell or call "Passing on your right" before overtaking.
Walking and Cycling Strategy
Read Part 4 - Cycling, Walking and TDM Strategy Context, and Part 5 - Cycling and Walking Strategy in the Porirua Transportation Strategy (681KB pdf) for more information on the work we're doing.