Opua to Kawakawa

Trail Status: 1 Alert

Tunnel closed for repairs – Opua to Kawakawa however a detour allows the Trail to be open at this time.

The tunnel on the Opua to Kawakawa section of the Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Cycle Trail is temporarily closed for repairs. A detour is in place and the trail remains open.

Cyclists are advised to walk their bikes across the detour, which is steep in parts.

We apologise for the inconvenience and will update you on progress.

Distance 11km

Grade 1 - easy

Trail Highlights

  • Opua - beautiful marina and maritime centre of the Far North
  • Cycling along the water - marina views, mangrove, estuary and crossing rivers
  • The tunnel
  • Taumarere Long Bridge
  • Taumarere Railway Station - toilet and picnic spot
  • Hundertwasser architecture at the toilets in Kawakawa

Trail Overview

  • You can ride the trail in both directions.  The two most popular options are riding from east to west (Opua to Horeke) or downhill in both directions from the centre of the trail which is located in Kaikohe.
  • Starting in Opua this section is unique in that some of it is disused rail corridor that you are cycling along or through as there is a train tunnel. Share the trail with vintage trains from the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway. You may take bikes aboard the trains between Taumarere and Kawakawa Stations.  It is a very easy ride with stunning water views.
  • Opua is a bustling commercial port with a large marina and boatyard. It is the first port for oversea yachts arriving in NZ after crossing the Pacific Ocean.  Opua also has the car ferry from Russell.
  • The cycle trail is located at the end of Baffin Street, Opua.
  • Your Destination Kawakawa is a vibrant rural town with some big tourist attractions.
  • The perfect toilet stop in Kawakawa is Hundertwasser toilets. There are cafes, a small supermarket, museum, art gallery and plenty of craft and gift shops.
  • The vintage trains also travel along the main street, the only place in NZ where this happens

“Opua, Kawakawa, Kaikohe, Okaihau, Horeke...East to West this cycle trail took me across the country, across the history of this wonderful land.  I will come back and do this again town by town enjoying the ambiance of each place.”  Happy Traveler - 2017

The Basics

  • Keep to the trail and do not cycle on the railway line
  • On the trail - One toilet at Taumarere train station
  • Flat, easy, scenic cycling
  • Parking, toilets and food at both Opua and Kawakawa
  • For 3 km from Taumarere station to Kawakawa you will share the trail with the train please make sure you do not ride on the tracks.  
  • 3 km from Taumarere station to Kawakawa - You can also experience a steam train ride - the train is specially set up for cyclist and bikes and welcome you aboard. Train timetable and costs.  http://www.bayofislandsvintagerailway.org.nz/

Important - Don’t forget to lock your bike!




  • Baffin St carpark at the entrance to cycle trail

Along trail

  • United Kawakawa Rugby /Netball Club -  7km from Opua and 4km from Kawakawa


  • Johnson Park, Kawakawa
  • Kawakawa Railway Station, Gillies Street
  • In the public car park opposite the Star Hotel (access from Old Whangae Rd)

On Completion Tell Us About Your Ride