Electrify NZ Botany: Recommended Rides
Pakuranga Rotary shared path
I’ve ridden this path a number of times, once with my brother Ross and once with my wife Marguerite. The first time was on a Magnum folding e-bike, of all things; while the second time was on a Gepida 1000 ebike, with its refined Bosch motor delivering power so smoothly.
It’s a lovely ride, that stretches from underneath (yes, literally!) the Panmure-to-Pakuranga bridge, along the water, to Prince Regent Drive in Half Moon Bay. If you leave from the Pakuranga highway end, there’s a small amount of parking under the Lagoon Drive/Pakuranga Highway end of the bridge. The path goes all the way to Prince Regent Drive or, even to Pigeon Mountain Road, if you continue through the Prince Regent Drive Playground and follow the boardwalk path that climbs through the Pigeon Mountain Wetland.
If you want to go the other way, and you are arriving by car, park in Prince Regent Drive; there’s usually plenty of road-side parking near that playground. From there follow the broad, concrete, shared pedestrian and cycling path towards the Tamaki Estuary. When you arrive at the Pakuranga Sailing Club, the path turns south as you cycle along the Tamaki Estuary passing Farm Cove, Sunnyhills, St Kentigern College and the turn-off to Pakuranga Plaza, heading for the Lagoon Drive end of the ride, by which point the Estuary has become the Tamaki River.
The path is mostly concrete, mostly wide and mostly flat. It’s well used by pedestrians and cyclists, so watch out and be ready to let folk know you are coming. It’s a path that invites a leisurely ride, focused on enjoying the sights, though it’s worth keeping an eye out for the odd runner, or commuting cyclist with only one thing on their mind, getting home fast!
More info here: https://at.govt.nz/cycling-walking/cycle-walking-maps/pakuranga-rotary-shared-path/