Okaihau to Horeke

Trail Status - open

Distance - 28km

Grade - 2 - 3

Trail Highlights

  • Storyboards on the Settlers Way / Horeke Road
  • Panoramic views looking out toward Puketi Forest
  • Cycling through the valley beside the Utakura River, spot for a rest at the picnic spot
  • Lilly Pond adjacent to the trail
  • 1200m boardwalk through the Mangroves
  • Horeke Tavern - situated on the edge of the Hokianga Harbour- this was the first tavern in NZ
  • Mangungu Mission House - a surreal location which is rich in history with spectacular views of the Harbour

Trail Overview

  • Okaihau is a small settlement that services its nearby rural community. There is a café, takeaways, small supermarket and public toilets.
  • Heading South West out of town for a few kilometres, the trail is beside the road, you will pass by lots of points of interest, churches and the war memorial gates all with storyboards near them which are well worth stopping to read.  
  • Once you move off the roadside you enter farmland and an amazing view down the Utakura Valley, heading down the trail via a series of switchback to a beautiful part of the trail cycling along the beside the Utakura River surrounded by bush clad hills.  
  • Coming out of the farmland the trail is by the roadside before you come to the 1km boardwalk through the Mangrove Estuary to Hokianga Harbour.  
  • At the old Horeke Fire Station the trail shares the road for approx 3 km to the end terminus at Mangungu Mission House - a heritage site.
  • Horeke is a small town, steeped in history, stopping at the Horeke Hotel for a bite to eat and drink is well worth it, as is a visit to the historic Mangungu Mission.
  • Nestled on the slopes of Horeke, this Wesleyan Mission house (1838-9) overlooks the stunning Hokianga Harbour. Furnished with missionary items and relics of the days. It is hidden treasure and definitely worth a visit.

The Basics

  • Cell phone coverage for most of this trail is scattered
  • Toilet 12 Km from Okaihau or 16 kms from Horeke is at the river picnic spot
  • Lovely picnic spot at the toilet by the river, with tables, old tractors dotted around and roving roosters and chickens
  • Grade 3 trail, it is easier to cycle from Okaihau to Horeke as a descending ride down into the valley
  • Detour info – There is a detour on Horeke Road which requires cyclists to ride on the road for approx 500m before re-joining the formed trail

Parking

Okaihau

  • Two Ponga Park (next to public toilets), Okaihau
  • Okaihau Community Hall, Settlers Way, Okaihau
  • Imms Road (off Lake Road), Okaihau – small carpark - need distances ??

Horeke

  • Secured parking off Harrison Road (near picnic area off Horeke Road), 11kms from Okaihau to Harrison Road in Utakura
  • Horeke Hall Carpark, Horeke Road, Horeke– small carpark
  • Mangungu Mission Station, Horeke – small carpark