The Twin Coast Cycle Trail is the Far North’s most recent tourist attraction.
It runs for 87 kms from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Horeke in the Hokianga Harbour.
The trail is “one way” and can be ridden in either direction. It is divided into 4 sections:
Opua to Kawakawa (11 kms) Grade 1
Kawakawa to Kaikohe (34 kms) Grade 1 – 2
Kaikohe to Okaihau (14 kms) Grade 1 -2
Okaihau to Horeke (28 kms) Grade 2 – 3
Starting from the Opua end, the trail initially follows the route of a disused railway line as it heads towards Kawakawa and passes through a tunnel, across bridges and alongside the estuary. From Taumarere, about 4 kms from Kawakawa, the trail shares the track with a heritage train line – the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway.
Entering Kawakawa you ride for a short section through the middle of the township on State Highway 1. Stop for a few minutes and view the world famous Hundertwasser toilets.
The trail leaves Kawakawa from behind the railway station and continues past Moerewa and on to Otiria, climbing gently. You will pass old industrial areas and farmland as you head to Otiria which has beautiful waterfalls and impressive suspension bridges. Prior to Kaikohe is Kaikohe Aerodrome which was built by the Americans during the Second World War and used to boast scheduled air services to Auckland. Kaikohe is the highest point on the trail and the main town of the mid north. There are supermarkets, accommodation and cafes here. Kaikohe is roughly the mid point of the trail.
The trail between Kaikohe and Okaihau is again over a disused railway line. The feature of this part of the trail is an 80 metre long curved railway tunnel. The trail then descends towards Lake Omapere, the largest lake in Northland.
Okaihau to Horeke is the most remote part of the trail. On this section you will initially ride beside the road and then head steeply down a series of hairpins to the Utakura Valley. Here you ride alongside swiftly flowing streams, across a ford and beside the river. After this is probably the most spectacular section – a 1 km board walk ride through the mangrove estuary. The last 3 kms are shared with the road as you finish towards Horeke and the Mangungu Mission House. Please also be aware the cell phone coverage can be very patchy on this section of the trail.
Transport on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail
Far North Rentals is able to offer transport for you and your bike at any point on the Cycle Trail through our associate company Twin Coast Cycle Transport. Please contact them for all your transport needs.