About the path
A fun family coastal ride from picturesque Narrow Neck Beach to Devonport village.
The ride is a gently undulating and follows a shared path for the entire route. Pass beautiful local beaches and reserves. Then be rewarded with amazing views of Rangitoto Island, Maungauika (North Head) and the Auckland city skyline.
Start your ride at Narrow Neck, a lovely white-sand beach that's great for swimming and picnics. On Sundays, dinghies sail around the bay with Rangitoto in the background. There is also a café, public toilets/changing facilities and a great playground for children of all ages.
Ride along Vauxhall Road, past Fort Takapuna Reserve. Take a quick detour up the driveway for some military history (look for the Department of Conservation and council signs). Check out the range of military installations, observation posts and gun pits - and more spectacular coastal views.
Another worthwhile detour off Vauxhall Road is Cheltenham Beach Reserve. Turn left down Tainui Road at the shops, where you’ll find delicious food options and antiques. Cheltenham Beach is shallow and sandy - perfect for an afternoon swim or rest under a shady pōhutukawa tree.
At the end of Vauxhall Road, connect onto Church Street and then turn right onto King Edward Parade. End your ride in Devonport village, which has seaside charm and quiet villa-lined streets. Check out the architecturally acclaimed Devonport Library, and explore local cafés, art galleries and shops.
If you're bringing kids with you, there are ample opportunities to visit playgrounds throughout the ride.
Devonport is a 12 minute ferry ride from the city centre. Street parking is available at both Devonport and Narrow Neck.