OverviewTrail Status: Open
Dargaville — Auckland (2-3 days, 118km)
The Kaipara Missing Link joins Dargaville, the end of the Kauri Coast Cycleway, with Central Auckland via a boat trip on the Kaipara Harbour.
The Kaipara Missing Link heads southwest from Dargaville to the holiday village of Pouto Point at the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour.
The missing link to this cycle tour involves a boat trip across the Kaipara Harbour.
The trail then follows a surprisingly gentle route into the very centre of Auckland.
This geothermal water recreation centre is a whole lot of fun and comes complete with large indoor and outdoor pools and two thrilling hydroslides. BBQ and picnic areas are located through the park.
Pretty harbourside Helensville is a vintage village with restored Victorian buildings housing antique and collectibles shops, hotels and cafes. Browse the gift shops and the Art on Track gallery showing and selling the work of local artists and check out the Railway Museum. With a main street that curves enticingly, a meandering river through the town and salt air sweeping in from the nearby tidal Kaipara Harbour, it’s a town with plenty of appeal. Walkers and cyclists have many options and the adventurous can take harbour cruises, join a fishing charter or hire a horse
Cycling straight from Dargaville out to the west coast and along the beach all the way to Pouto is the best way to go in favourable winds but can only be done within 2½ hours either side of low tide, so check the tide times carefully before committing to this option.
Pouto has 1/3 of the rainfall found further inland.
The boat across the Kaipara Harbour takes 2–3 hours depending on conditions. Bad weather may postpone the trip.
Trail Surface: 95% sealed road, 5% gravel road.
Services & Accommodation
Accommodation options are available in Dargaville, Kellys Bay (campground), Pouto, Helensville and Auckland.
There are no shops at Pouto. Supplies can be purchased at Dargaville, Te Kopuru and Helensville.
Mobile Phone Coverage: Coverage available at Dargaville and Parakai, and from Helensville South.
Crossings of Kaipara Harbour can be made via:
- Shamrock Charters Kaipara Ph: 09 420 7061 or Mob: 027 568 2447
- Kaipara Cruises Ph: 09 420 8466 or Mob 027 497 0654