TRAIL GRADES

We use the standard grading system for the New Zealand Cycle Trail to communication what level of fitness/ skill is needed to ride each trail.

The Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail range from grade 1 to 3

Opua - Kawakawa 11km - grade 1

Kawakawa to Kaikohe 34km - grade 1 / grade 2

Kaikohe to Okaihau 14km- grade 1 / grade 2

Okaihau – Horeke Trail 28km - grade 2 / grade 3

1: EASIEST

Trail Type:

Off-road trail surface is either firm gravel or sealed (e.g. concrete or asphalt) and is wide enough for 2 people to cycle side by side for most of the way.

On-road trails generally follow quiet roads with little traffic.

Suitable For:

Novice cyclists, families and others seeking a very easy cycling experience.

Any bike is suitable for riding Grade 1 cycle trails, including touring bikes, single speed bikes and children’s bikes.

 

 

 

2: EASY

Trail Type:

Off-road trails are predictable, i.e. no surprises and mostly flat with some gentle climbs.
The surface is either firm gravel or sealed (e.g. concrete or asphalt).

The trail is wide enough for 2 people to cycle side by side at times and may include sections where cyclists will have to ride single file.

On-road trails generally follow quiet roads with little traffic.

Suitable For:

Beginners, occasional cyclists and families who have limited cycling experience.

A multi-geared bike with medium to wide tires is recommended, such as a comfort bike, touring bike or mountain bike.

3: INTERMEDIATE

Trail Type:

Off-road trails can be narrow and may include hill climbs, steep drop-offs and small river crossings.

The trail surface is mostly firm, but may include muddy or loose sections.

There may also be obstacles such as rocks or tree roots to avoid.

On-road trails have moderate traffic levels (up to 1000 vehicles per day) include hill climbs and possible gravel sections.

Suitable For:

Regular, experienced cyclists with a good level of fitness and over 12 years of age.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.

A mountain bike is recommended for off-road trails.