Im going cycling in Mangere tomorrow. This was a great conversation opener at an extended family dinner.

To me, and perhaps most Aucklanders who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, this far flung corner of the city is synonymous with sewage, and a stench that sometimes pervaded the entire city.

Yet fast forward 40 years and the coastline from Mangere Bridge all the way down to Auckland Airport has undergone a stunning transformation. Where once not even birds ventured, there are now kilometres of new plantings, and a well-formed walking and bike trail.

Our day started with loading the bicycles on the back of my car and heading for Mangere Bridge shops, which sports four cafes in a row, for a caffeine boost, and then onto the Ambury Regional Park, which marked the northern tip of the trail.

Full Article