RIDING THE TRAIL
Most sections of the trail are open, however some are still under construction and are due to open in summer 2016.
Opua to Kawakawa, (Grade 1 Easiest)
HIGHLIGHTS: Opua Marina, Taumarere Estuary, Long Bridge
From the car park in Opua there is 7km of trail complete and ready to ride through to the United Kawakawa Rugby Football Club in Taumarere. This follows a coastal estuary and is very scenic.
The connection between Taumarere and Kawakawa is a Vintage Rail experience. Please check bayofislandsvintagerailway.org.nz for the train timetable. From Opua you can also do a 14km round trip up to Long Bridge at Taumarere and return to Opua. Please note Long Bridge is still closed for replying.
Kawakawa to Otiria, (Grades 1-2, Easiest to Easy)
HIGHLIGHTS: Hundertwasser Toilets, Kawakawa Railway Station
A 6km section from Kawakawa to Lucas Rd, Otiria, is open and ready to ride.
Otiria to Kaikohe – UNDER CONSTRUCTION (Grade 1 Easiest)
HIGHLIGHTS: Ngati Hine Forestry
While the trail is under construction cyclists can use the adjacent gravel road (Ngapipito Road) to Kaikohe. Please note this is a logging truck route. At the end of Ngapipito Road turn right onto Mangakahia Road, then halfway up the hill turn left onto the compacted shale track that connects the cycleway to Kaikohe.
Kaikohe to Okaihau, (Grade 1 Easiest)
HIGHLIGHTS: Kaikohe Monument, Lake Omapere
This 14km section of trail is open and ready to ride. This section is well signposted from the main highway, just 500m west of the main business district.
Okaihau to Horeke – UNDER CONSTRUCTION, (Grades 1-2, Easiest to Easy)
HIGHLIGHTS: Okaihau Memorial Gates, Okaihau Township
This final section is currently being constructed. The trail from Okaihau, down the Utakura Valley to Mangataraire Rd pops out onto Horeke Rd.
17km of cycleway is constructed to the intersection of Mangataraire and Horeke Roads. While the remaining trail is under construction cyclists can use the adjacent gravel road (Horeke Road) to Mangungu Mission Station. Please note this is a logging truck route.
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail is a four-hour drive from Auckland International Airport and one hour from the nearest city, Whangarei.
There is a domestic airport in Whangarei with daily scheduled flights to and from Auckland and Wellington. Charter operators offer helicopter and fixed-wing flights around Whangarei and Northland.
A number of bus services operate between Auckland and Whangarei. There is also a bus service available to transport you and your bike from Whangarei to Kaikohe, where the open section of cycle trail starts.