Bike Hamilton

Hamilton Bike Ma​p

The Hamilton Bike Map can be downloaded as a PDF for printing at this link

It will also be available soon as a fold-up Z-Card from bike shops and council facilities around the city​

On one side, the Hamilton-wide map shows the bike lanes, paths and other infrastructure across the city. Then the other side has maps of three areas to explore off road - The Pukete Bridges Loop, The Mangaiti Gully and Tauhara Park, and The River and Sandford Park.    ​

Workshops and social ride​s​

For more information on these three eve​​nts email

Free ride leader training

Are you keen to inspire your community and get more people biking? If you are someone who loves riding their bike and wants to share biking with others, we want to help you become a Ride Leader. You may be a parent, teacher, or passionate biker, and in this workshop you will learn how to lead a great ride for Hamiltonians.

Post training, you will be provided with an ongoing network of support and mentoring to help get your community biking together. ​

Workshop one:
Hamilton, Friday 17 March 9.30am to 3.30pm

Workshop two:
Hamilton, Saturday 18 March 9.30am to 3.30pm

Workshop three:
Cambridge, Friday 24 March 9.30am to 3.30pm

For more information or to register email: or phone 07 823 0716

RSVP essential ​​

Social group rides

​Hamilton City Council in conjunction with Cycling New Zealand have designed a programme for people who want to share their love of biking with others, in a supportive and fun environment. There are at least three groups who venture out on a weekly basis and they cater for beginners to intermediate level riders and everyone in between.


  • Tuesday 9am, Ride Leader Peter, meet Flagstaff shopping centre.
  • Thursday 9.30am, Ladies Social Cycling Group, meet Flagstaff shopping centre.
  • Friday 9am, Ride Leader Peter, meet Flagstaff shopping centre.

St. Andrews

  • Monday 9am, Ride Leader Geoff, meet opposite 1 St Andrews Tce, by river path.


  • Saturday 8.30am, Ladies Social Cycling Group, meet behind Wintec Rotokauri - 51 Akoranga Road.

Hamilton East

  • Monday 9.30am, Ladies Social Cycling Group, meet Gate 2 Hamilton Gardens.


  • Thursday 6pm, Ride Leader Mike, meet at Fresca Cafe opposite Gallagher Building on Kahikatea Dr.


  • Tuesday 10am, Ride Leader Alan, meet at Glenview Library on Macdonald Rd.​​​

Adult training days

These very relaxed practical sessions run both on-road and off-road and provide plenty of opportunities to learn and practice the basics of biking. These training days are a great confidence builder for those who want to 'unlock their love' of biking.​


  • Week beginning 13 February - Hillcrest Velodrome on Cambridge Rd (beginners)
  • Week beginning 20 February - river path exploring, meet at Hayes Common cafe, Jellicoe Dr in Hamilton East
  • Week beginning 27 February - traffic, intersections and roundabouts, meet at Norris Ward Park (cnr of Ward and Tristram St)
  • Week beginning 6 March - will be a repeat of week 1
  • Week beginning 13 March - will be a repeat of week 2
  • Week beginning 20 March - will be a repeat of week 3​


  • 6pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • 10am Saturday

No need to register just turn up on the night or for more information email

Teenagers 'have a go' biking sessions 

Build your confidence and learn how to be safe on your bike. These sessions are led by professional instructors who will teach and develop better and safer biking habits.

Over the eight weeks the course will cover all sorts of modules to get the students engaged in biking, including; track riding, riding on the road, and mountain bike skills. The final session will be held at the Avantidrome where students will be able to have-a-go on the track.​




​Thursday 16​Thursday 2​Thursday 6
Thursday 23​​Thursday 9
​Thursday 16 
​Thursday 23
​​​Thursday 30

​​Age/ Time 

(There will be two different age groups running at different times).​



​10 to 12 year olds​4pm to 5pm
​​13 to 16 year olds​5pm to 6pm


Hillcrest Stadium (corner of Waiwere Dr and Cambridge Rd).


$10 (for the full eight week programme)

Sign up by emailing Taryn Mayall at or by phoning 0272135147.​

Welcome to Bike Hamilton 

The hub for your information about the Council’s biking initiatives in and around Hamilton. 

As part of our Biking Plan we have developed the Bike Hamilton brand, and you’ll be seeing this logo on information and at events around the city as we roll out our plans to get more people biking, more often. 

Hamilton’s an ideal city for biking – it’s relatively flat and has around 130km of bike paths and cycle lanes including almost 30km of stunning river paths so people on bikes can enjoy rides along the Waikato River. 

We’re building more off-road cycle paths, and developing our network of on-road cycle lanes to make getting around our city on a bike more accessible than ever. Thanks for visiting our page, and drop in to catch up on biking news, events and courses on offer in Hamilton.​​​

The Biking Plan

Hamilton’s size and relatively flat landscape make it an ideal option for biking and walking. 

​Our vision is a bike-friendly city, and one which provides options for commuting and recreational riding, delivering health and economic benefits to our region, while linking with national and regional biking projects.

The plan is not just about cycleways and paths – it is also about providing direction and guidance for road projects and maintenance pr​ogrammes, educational and promotional campaigns and a network to support both the environment and business.​

​Four outcomes, six goals

The Biking Plan sets four key outcomes that will make Hamilton a bike-friendly city. The four outcomes are:
  • Safe: Accessible and safe biking options are available to everyone.
  • Visible: Everywhere you look, people are riding bikes.
  • Easy: Biking is an easy activity for transport and recreation.
  • Adds Value: Biking adds value to the economy and contributes to a healthy, liveable city.
The six goals are:
  • A fully-connected, primary and secondary biking network linking the city and suburbs.
  • Recreational biking routes are attractive and enjoyable places to ride.
  • More people biking, more often.
  • Hamilton’s biking network connects to the regional network.
  • Hamilton’s biking network encourages bike tourism.
  • The biking plan is integrated into transport and city planning.

Ten great routes to enjoy, now and for the future

The Biking Plan delivers ten major projects, some building on existing networks and some entirely new. Delivery of the routes have been staged into short term, medium term, and long term.

Short term:

Western Rail Trail – Providing an off road connection from the south-west suburbs to the
central city, parallel to the rail track.
School link – Providing a safe cycleway for almost 9,500 students who go to school within the
Hukanui/Peachgrove Road corridor.
Resolution Drive – New cycleway facilities to match residential growth and provide links to and across the Waikato Expressway.
State Highway 3 – Provide a cycleway along State Highway 3 connecting southern suburbs to the city.

Medium Term

Minogue Park Bridge – a pedestrian/bike bridge across State Highway 1 and the Rail track providing a safe connection to the destination playground.​
University route – Continuation of the cycleway from the central city to the University parallel to the rail track.
Central City – Provide cycleways to connect to and through the central city.

Long Term

Te Awa River Ride South - Completing the Te Awa River Ride from Cobham Bridge through to the
South of the city.
Wairere Drive – Upgrade the existing cycleway to separate it from vehicles between The Base
and Wintec.
Te Awa River Ride, Hamilton river path – Upgrade the existing cycleway to provide a three-metre shared path with appropriate bike friendly facilities.

More information

Page reviewed: 03 Mar 2017 11:43am