Kids get on bikes for the Power Box Bike Challenge

Kids get on bikes for the Power Box Bike Challenge

Dad and child on bike ride by painted power boxes in Auckland

Now that Spring is here, we’re getting geared up for a whole new season of outdoor adventuring.

This October, our toddler will be introduced to the bike seat for the first time as we explore the neighbourhood and take part in the Power Box Bike Challenge hosted by the EcoMatters Bike Hubs.

It’s a month-long treasure hunt by bike, in which people are invited to look for painted power boxes across the Auckland region. The competition is part of Biketober, Auckland’s annual festival of bicycle fun.

There are more than $1,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, and each photo entry of you, your bike and a painted power box goes into the draw for the grand prize of a $800 gift voucher for bike retailer 99 Bikes.

While older kids may be up for a big adventure, we’ll be exploring the quiet streets close to home, or those we can access by train. The beauty of the challenge is that everyone can take part and tailor the adventure to their experience or fitness levels.

If you’re not sure where to start, there’s a map of the crowdsourced locations on EcoMatters website. We were excited to see that there’s one along the shared path in our neighbourhood.

It’s by no means a complete map, and new locations will be added as discoveries of more painted power boxes are made throughout the month.

We’re looking forward to our upcoming family adventures, and we can’t wait to introduce our child to a whole new way of exploring the outdoors.

POWER BOX BIKE CHALLENGE hosted by EcoMatters Bike Hubs

How to Enter

  1. Visit a painted power box in Auckland by bike in October 2020.

  2. Take a photo which includes the painted power box, you and your bike.

  3. Join the EcoMatters Bike Hubs Facebook Group and post your photo in the group. Include the street name and suburb of the power box.

  4. Each photo of you, your bike and a different power box is one entry for the prize draw, but if you tag a friend in your post and invite them to the challenge, your entry counts twice.

  5. (Optional) Include a story about your bike ride in your post to enter the competition for Best Story.


More than $1,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs including:

  •  Prize Draw: $800 gift voucher with 99 Bikes

  • Judges’ Prize for Best Story: $250 gift voucher with 99 Bikes

  • Random spot prizes will also be awarded throughout the month.

The Power Box Bike Challenge is proudly funded by the Auckland Transport Community Bike Fund, and sponsored by 99 Bikes. Find out more at

About EcoMatters Bike Hubs

The EcoMatters Bike Hubs are welcoming spaces that provide access to bikes, parts, tools and advice, with the goal of getting more people cycling. The Bike Hubs work alongside cyclists as they learn to care for their bikes so they can freely enjoy the benefits of cycling. EcoMatters Bike Hubs are located in New Lynn, Henderson and Glen Innes.

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