Har­bour cy­cle­way a week­end must

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

The One­hunga to Man­gere Bridge and Am­bury Farm Park cy­cle­way opens up Auck­land’s in­dus­trial heart­land and the pic­turesque Kiwi Es­planade in Man­gere.

The mostly flat, sealed, 7 kilo­me­tre route is an ex­cel­lent ride for a cross sec­tion of rid­ers and scores 10/10 for qual­ity of cy­cle­way and for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The first 4km of the ride starts in One­hunga at the end of Hugo John­ston Dr with the fenced two way cy­cle­way lead­ing past the South­down Power Sta­tion and con­tainer stor­age sites be­fore open­ing up onto the up­per Manukau Har­bour. There are places to stop views of Man­gere Moun­tain and the har­bour.

Con­tin­u­ing past Waikaraka Ceme­tery, the cy­cle­way nes­tles into the har­bour edge and leads up­ward and un­der the new Man­gere Bridge.

The cy­clepath passes over the old Man­gere Bridge - a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot.

The Kiwi Es­planade Re­serve cy­cle­way is a flat, nar­row, con­crete two way route along the south­ern coast of the Manukau Har­bour of­fer­ing views of Hills­bor­ough and the city. There are sev­eral play­grounds, and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties along this por­tion of the ride.

The Kiwi Es­planade Re­serve cy­cle­way pro­vides glimpses of mi­gra­tory birds, such as the South Is­land Pied Oys­ter­catch­ers. The cy­cle­way ends at Am­bury Farm Park.

Stuff re­porter Mary Fitzger­ald has been re­view­ing Auck­land ur­ban cy­cle­ways for the past six weeks.

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