Plan Your Ride
Construction of the trail was divided into four stages. The first to be completed follows a 14km rail corridor between Kaikohe and Okaihau and includes a rail tunnel. The trail then continues a further 34km east from Kaikohe to Kawakawa, taking in Otiria and Moerewa. The final 11km stretch east goes from Kawakawa to the coast at Opua. These sections are all grade 1-2, meaning they are suitable for all riding abilities, including beginners and families.
The stretch from Okaihau and ending at Mangungu Mission is the most demanding. This is a Grade 3 trail and follows the Utakura River to Horeke with a 1200m section of boardwalk through mangroves on the edge of the harbour.
Please note, there are no camping facilities adjacent to the cycle trail, these are likely to develop over time. There are however, motels in most adjacent towns.
The trails take you through historical places of interest dating back to early Māori and European times.
Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail in Northland is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network throughout New Zealand. It’s free to ride any day from dawn to sunset, weather permitting, so start planning your ride.
What you’ll discover:
- Wairere Boulders – a dramatic valley of basalt outcrops
- Heritage Kaikohe
- Mangungu Mission Station
- The Historic Horeke Pub
- Macadamia Nut Orchard
- Picnic Spots
- Accommodation along the way
- Stunning views of ancient native forests
- Mountain bike activities
- Cafes and eateries along the way
- And a whole lot more
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