One of the most spectacular and challenging sections of the Pou Herenga Tai
– Twin Coast Cycle Trail will be opened by the community this month.
The final 28km Okaihau to Horeke leg of the 84km trail will be opened on 18
March with a morning cycle, run or walk event. It will be followed by a
prize giving hosted by community members with Mayor John Carter.
Keen cyclists can ride the full 28km route from Okaihau to Horeke. This is a Grade 2-3 ride that drops down to farmland and follows the banks of the Utakura River and Horeke Rd.
The final part of the ride includes a 1200m long section of boardwalk through mangroves on the edge of Hokianga Harbour. This is the longest boardwalk constructed for any cycle trail in New Zealand.
For those seeking a more leisurely trail opening there is a 9km
loop cycle, run or walk. This is rated as a Grade 1 event beginning at
Horeke Primary School and following the boardwalk before finishing at
A powhiri will be held at Mangungu Mission at 10.30am for all participants
followed by the prize draw. Prizes include mountain bikes and other sporting
goods. Participants must be registered for the ride, run or walk to be
eligible for prizes.
Registrations for the Okaihau-Horeke ride open at 7.45am at Okaihau College.
The ride is scheduled to start at 8.30am. Registrations for the Grade 1 loop
open at 8.30am at Horeke Primary School for a 9.30am start.
Those attending the 18 March cycle trail celebration are invited to stay on
in Horeke to attend the annual Horeke Regatta. The event begins at 11.30am
and includes Iron Man and Iron Woman contests, a team triathlon, children’s
fun races, a hangi, spot prizes, live music and more.
Key Saturday March 18 celebration information:
*Registrations Okaihau-Horeke ride begin at 7.45am at Okaihau College. Start
*Registrations for the grade 1 loop open at 8.30am at Horeke Primary School.
*A powhiri will be held at Mangungu Mission at 10.30am.
*Water stations will be provided at regular intervals along both the Okaihau
to Horeke and the Horeke loop courses.
*A shuttle bus will run regularly from Horeke taking cyclists and their
bikes back to their vehicles in Okaihau. This should be arranged during the
*The annual Horeke Regatta begins at 11.30am.