Bike Hamilton

​​​Welcome to Bike Hamilton

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

Hamilton is an ideal city for biking - it's relatively flat and has around 150km 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 - the space to catch up on biking news, events and courses on offer in Hamilton.

Our team

Desiree Burborough
Cycling Education Advisor 

Kia ora,

My role as Cycling Education Advisor has allowed me the privilege to develop cycling skills to the Hamilton community.  I  am passionate about promoting and delivering cycling education across our city and giving adults and children the opportunity and confidence to use a bike. I support transport choice and will be working towards removing barriers for Hamiltonians to cycle when and where they want to.

My previous role was a School Travel Coordinator at the Tauranga City Council. I will be bringing my experiences of road safety education; supporting students to walk, scooter and bike to school as well as my primary teaching background to this role.

Community engagement and your feedback is highly valuable to me, please feel free contact me with your ideas on how support and promote cycling in the city.

Cameron Ward
School Travel Coordinator

As a converted car commuter, I really enjoy my commute along the river path to and from work - I love the freedom and hassle-free aspect of riding in each day.

I'm a qualified Bike Ready instructor and primarily work within the school setting teaching kids how to ride as part of our Kids on Bikes programme.

Between all the work I do within schools, Kids on Bikes is a highlight of my role as a school travel coordinator.

If there is something you think I could help with or work together on, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Bike Training Courses

We want to see more people out and about on bikes in Hamilton, so we offer a range of bike training courses for adults and children.

These courses provide practical advice on a range of biking skills and how to keep yourself safe on shared paths and roads.

There are courses for people who are just starting out, for those who want to have the confidence to explore the city or get out on the wonderful cycle trails around the country. It doesn't matter what your riding ability is, if you are interested, make a booking through our Events and Courses Page.

For complete beginners who want to learn to ride Hamilton City Council have teamed up with Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust to offer bike training courses for adults. They can supply bikes and helmets so you can give it a go before committing to purchasing a bike of your own, and all training is done in the safety of the beautiful Claudelands Park.

For more information head to Bike Training at The Settlement Centre Waikato ( or register by emailing or call 07 853 2192.

Our instructors are exceptionally patient and encouraging and you will become more confident with your riding.

Hamilton has some great places to ride and explore - we can't wait to see you out there!

Kids on Bikes

Kids on Bikes is a school-based programme that aims to get more students out riding, it gives kids of all biking abilities the skills and knowledge on how to ride a bike safely.

Kids on Bikes is a 4-day long programme (x4 45 minute sessions per class): First day is classroom/assembly based focusing on all thing's road safety, the next two days are skill based and the final day involves games and a obstacle course.

We can cater for up to 5 classes in one week, this programme is only available for senior students' years 5-8.

Kids on Bikes teaches students important skills that will last a lifetime.

If you would like to book your school in for Kids on Bikes, contact Cam Ward -

Upcoming Kids on Bikes dates / locations

Our 2 hour ‘have-a-go’ mountain bike sessions are specifically designed to provide tips and tricks and build confidence on your bike in off road areas.  This ride is aimed at 9 – 12 year old children that are able to ride a bike, and will be led by qualified instructors with the aim of assisting the rider to gain confidence riding their bikes on trails.  

Off-road skills for 9 - 12 year olds (girls only)
Tuesday 12 October 10am - 12:00pm (mid day)
Pukete Mountain Bike Park, Maui Street

Off-road skills for 9 - 12 year olds (all)
Thursday 14 October 10am - 12:00pm (mid day)
Pukete Mountain Bike Park, Maui Street

What to bring: your bike, helmet, covered shoes (no jandals), water bottle
Registration required for all courses due to limited capacity

Hamilton Bike Map

The Hamilton Bike Map can be downloaded here.

It is also available 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. 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.

We are currently working on updating and improving the current map to help you explore more of Hamilton and find your new favourite spot to take a break and enjoy our parks, lakes, gullies and of course the Te Awa River path that runs through the middle of the city.

Hamilton City Biking Plan

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 programmes, 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.
Page reviewed: 10 Feb 2022 3:26pm