Flat White Ride
A West Auckland Cafe Trail
West Auckland is a great place to get on your bike. This loop connects the dreamiest cycling destinations out West and offers a little something for all riders.
Love a challenge? Spend a few hours on the whole 33 km loop. Bringing the kids along? Swap the traffic for trees on an off-road stretch. Only have an hour to spare or keen to skip that big hill? Hop on and off the train to just do your favourite stretch!
All bike rides should be rewarded with an ice cream or a cuppa. So pop in to one of the Bike-Friendly Cafes as marked on the map or described below, show them your map and get a tasty deal (see below for more information).
You can find hard copies of the map at the EcoMatters Bike Hubs, in any West Auckland library or at the participating cafes as listed below. If your organisation or business would like to have hard copies of the map, please email your request to Myrthe at [email protected].
Map design by HEAD&TAIL
Flat White Ride sections
New Lynn - Avondale
2.6km, on-road cycling
This is a short on-road stretch with a few dedicated cycle lanes. Take care at the busy roundabout in Avondale.
Waterview Shared Path
2.4km, shared path
This is a wide, off-road shared path that goes through a few parks as well as across the Unitec grounds.
7.4km, cycle path
This is a dedicated cycle path that runs along the motorway. The open stretches can be quite windy.
Twin Streams Shared Path
7.6km, shared path
This is a wide, off-road shared path that goes through lovely parks and follows a stream. Use the traffic lights to cross Great North Road, the path continues across the bridge.
1.9km, on-road cycling
This is a short on-road stretch with a slight incline, access to the Oratia Stream Shared Path is just past the bridge across the Oratia Stream.
Oratia Stream Shared Path
1.6km, shared path
This is a wide, off-road shared path that follows a stream and goes underneath Sunnyvale train station.
Sunnyvale - New Lynn
8.7km, on-road cycling
This is a long on-road stretch with quite a bit of elevation. Take care on busy roads and intersections and use the sidewalk where needed.
Packing Shed Cafe
The Original Packing Shed Cafe in the West, situated in the the historic Tara Orchard’s apple packing shed. We have an indoor & outdoor area, spruced up with a new menu, fantastic coffee and a delectable assortment in our cabinet.
Tuesday to Sunday 9am-4pm
99 Parrs Cross Road, Oratia, 09 835 1557
Bodega Eatery is a Mediterranean casual eatery with lovely outdoor seating. Your favourite chef from La Rosa Glen Eden is bringing his passion for fine food and a great atmosphere to the old Artisan Wines building on Parrs Cross Road. Flat White Riders get 15% off (up to a $40 discount).
Wednesday to Sunday 10am till late
99 Parrs Cross Road. Oratia, 09 835 9904
The Waterview Coffee Project
Founded in 2012, The Waterview Coffee Project (TWCP) brings more than just good coffee to the area. It’s a chance to connect, interact, and support a local initiative. TWCP has a lot of heart & a super communal feel. Plus, we love bikers! The best coffee in Waterview, guaranteed!
Monday to Friday 7am-12pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-1pm
29 Daventry Street, Waterview
Coffee Studio @ Corban Estate Art Centre
Lovers of good food & coffee. Using premium ingredients, superfoods, free range meats, fair trade & local products. We cater for many dietary requirements. Home of Toa Kombucha. Our chooks eat our scraps, we recycle, use bio disposables and we play only LPs. Flat White Riders get half price coffee or Kombucha with food purchase.
Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, 022 132 5726
The Tannery is the collaborative space for Mt Atkinson Coffee and Kohu Road Ice Cream. A unique space, as it used to be the cutting room of the ‘Astley Leathers’ Tannery. Flat White Riders get 50c off on coffee.
Open 7 Days 7.30am-4pm
44b Portage Road, New Lynn, 09 827 6608
The Falls Restaurant and Cafe
The Falls is the only standing wooden hotel in whole New Zealand from 1884 with permission of a cafe. That's over 160 years of super heritage right here in West Auckland. Flat White Riders get 25% on A La Carte menu up to a max of $25 per table.
Sunday to Thursday 7am-3pm, Friday & Saturday 7am-9pm
22 Alderman Drive, Henderson, 09 835 0070
Pedal & Pizza social rides
Rather not ride on your own? Join us for one of our guided rides! Pedal & Pizza is a series of social two-hour bike rides that begin and end at the EcoMatters Bike Hub in New Lynn. Woodfired pizza from the EcoMatters pizza oven is shared at the finish. Check out the photos of our previous Pedal & Pizza event.
Māngere Bridge – Sunday 11 February, 9am (click here to see photos from this ride)
Te Atatū Peninsula – Sunday 25 March, 9am (click here so see photos from this ride)
Flat White Ride – Sunday 27 May, 9am (rain date 10 June)