West to East! 2 day ride cycling the whole trail – Horeke to Opua

Day 1 – Horeke to Kaikohe 44 km or Horeke to Okaihau 28 km

Day 2 – Kaikohe to Opua 45 km or Okaihau to Opua 58 km

  • From Auckland perhaps drive up the West Coast of Northland and take time to enjoy Tane Mahuta, Omapere, Opononi and the sand dunes of the Hokianga Harbour, want to start your cycle from Horeke. If needed organize Bike Hire, give yourself time to visit the Mangungu Mission Station before you head off!
  • Day 1 cycle from Horeke to Okaihau A 28km ride – you need to take supplies with you as there are no shops until you reach Okaihau! As you leave the Horeke Harbour you will cycle along boardwalks through the mangroves. You will cycle through Northland farmland following meandering rivers, through native bush perhaps stop at the lily pond. There is a toilet on the track 16kms from Horeke this is at Snows Farm also a beautiful picnic spot by the river! Climbing up the valley to Okaihau you are rewarded with panoramic views! To the East to the Puketi Forest West back through to the Utakura Valley
  • Okaihau will give you the opportunity for some refreshments and enjoy the story boards that lead you into town. You could stop here the night if you wish or continue on to Kaikohe at the half way point of your journey – Your choice!
  • If you stop in either Okaihau or Kaikohe you will be able to organize a shuttle to take you to Waiariki Ngawha Springs – for a soak after your days riding! A hidden gem set slightly on the outskirts of Kaikohe.
  • Day 2 – If heading from Okaihau you need to get cracking you have a long ride ahead of you but nothing too challenging! Okaihau – Kaikohe - 14km fabulous ride following the rail trail through tunnels past Lake Omapere and through a water Ford! Despite having the highest point of the trail - it is an easy grade 1 to 2 ride.
  • Kaikohe – If you need, there are plenty of eateries to refuel – craft shops and the Heritage Pioneer Village – so give yourself sometime to stop and browse!
  • Back on your bike for the ride Kaikohe to Kawakawa via Moerewa – You will pass the Kaikohe Aerodrome – for those interested it was built in 1942 as a US Marines bomber base, is the largest grass strip in the Southern hemisphere used now by general aviation.
  • You’ve chosen the easiest option this is a pleasant downhill 34km cycle. Pack a lunch for a stop at half way (there is a toilet here) you will pass the northernmost operational point of the railway at Otiria. Beautiful waterfalls, the Suspension Twin Bridges at Tuhipa and rolling farmland, plan for afternoon tea in one of the many eateries in Kawakawa or Moerewa
  • The last 11km stretch to Opua is disused rail corridor, with a tunnel that you are riding along, you encounter restored tracks and have to share the trail with Gabriel a restored steam train – stick to the cycle trail! It is a very easy and pleasant ride with stunning water views!
  • Organise your shuttle to pick you up from Opua after a bite to eat and a refreshing drink!

This is only 1 of 3 options – there is plenty to do in the area and you can easily add on overnight stays and spend longer enjoying the trail – there is plenty of accommodation and activities in the surrounding areas!

Timing wise – this is something that can be enjoyed all year round! On occasion you may get a little wet!

Bookings! If you want to book something along these lines contact Paihia i SITE paihia@visitnorthland.co.nz  or call 09 402 7345