Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Trail Update

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Trail Update


The length of cycle trail is 87km mostly following a combination of disused rail corridor, road reserve and private property from Opua on the east to the Hokianga Harbour on the west coast.

Detour info – The trail has two short temporary detours – one on Ngapipito Road between Moerewa and Kaikohe and another on Horeke Road. The detours require cyclists to ride on the road for about 500m before re-joining the formed trail.

General Information:

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.

Historical Information below:

The open sections of the cycle trail are noted below:

Other sections of cycleway are in various stages of construction.
Far North Holdings is grateful to the farmers and adjacent landowners for their tremendous support and co-operation during the construction phase of the cycle trail.

Opua to Kawakawa

The cycle trail has been constructed up to Long Bridge (6.8km) in Taumarere and decking work is due for completion June 2014.  The section between Taumarere and Kawakawa will remain in “live rail” and cyclists will enjoy a vintage rail experience on Gabriel, the steam train.

Press Releases
Cash Boost for Vintage Railway Great for District
Vintage Railway Steams Ahead

The vintage locomotive service operated by the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust will provide facilities to transport bikes and passengers.

Please note, the only alternative route between Taumarere and Kawakawa is the highway. Be advised that the highway is dangerous  to ride because it is busy and narrow with poor sightlines.


Kawakawa to Kaikohe

The section between Kawakawa – Otiria (approx. 6 km) is complete and open for public use.

Otiria – Mangakahia Road
Parts of this section are under construction. This section of the cycle trail will be a combination of road reserve and rail corridor.

The section from Kaikohe through to the Kaikohe Airfield is complete and open for public use.


Kaikohe to Okaihau

The section of trail between Kaikohe and Okaihau was completed in 2011 and continues to be well used by cyclists along with many walkers/runners using the trail for recreational purposes.

A bike skills activities course, which includes a 3km mountain bike track, a pump track and bike skills area, has  also been constructed along the cycle trail in this location.
Okaihau to Horeke (Mangungu Mission Station)

Okaihau to Horeke (Mangungu Mission Station)

12 km of cycle trail  from Okaihau to Mangataraire Road has been constructed along road reserve and the remainder through private property.  The public will be notified when this section is open to ride.

Council are investigating a possible route between Mangataraire Road and  Mangungu Mission Station.  This section of cycle trail will mainly be constructed within the road reserve with a small section passing through private property.  No completion date has been set for this section.

The Far North District Council secured $4 million of funding from Central  Government to develop the Twin Coast – Pou Herenga Tai – Cycle Trail.  A large portion of this funding has been spent.  Council is seeking further funding support from the Government to complete the project.