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Twin Coast Trail

RIDING THE TRAIL

Opua to Kawakawa, 11km (Grade 1 Easiest)

HIGHLIGHTS: Opua – beautiful marina and maritime centre of the Far North, Cycling past water views, The tunnel, Taumarere Long Bridge and Railway Station, Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, Gabriel the Steam Train.

Kawakawa to Kaikohe, 34 km (Grades 1-2, Easiest to Easy)

HIGHLIGHTS: Suspension bridges at Tuhipa, the Oratua Stream, the Pioneer Village in Kaikohe.

Kaikohe to Okaihau, 14km, (Grade 1-2 Easiest to Easy)

HIGHLIGHTS: The Pioneer Village in Kaikohe, 80 metre long curved Rail tunnel, Summit of Kaikohe, Lake Omapere – Northland’s longest lake and significant in Maori mythology, Water ford close to Okaihau.

Okaihau to Horeke, 28km, (Grades 2-3, Easy to Intermediate)

HIGHLIGHTS:  Panoramic views, Cycling through the valley beside the Utakura River, Lilly Pond adjacent to the trail, 1200m boardwalk through the Mangroves, Horeke Tavern – the first tavern in NZ, Mangungu Mission House – a surreal location which is rich in history.

Getting There

The Twin Coast Cycle Trail (Pou Herenga Tai 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.

Visitor Information

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Inspiration, News and Updates

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TRAIL STATUS UPDATE - Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail DATE NOTIFIED - 12-06-2018 SECTION - All Sections - Winter Season Update Section 1: Logging in process along Hayman Road riders are advised to keep far left, ride in single file and wear high visibility clothing. Section 2: Logging in Process along Hayman Ro...
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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE:  Twin Coast Cycle Trail DATE: 5 February 2018 ISSUE: Please note the Horeke Boardwalk is now OPEN.  Thank you....

 

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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Twin Coast Cycle Trail DATE: 1 February 2018 ISSUE: Horeke Boardwalk is CLOSED due to flooding. Please note the Horeke Boardwalk is closed due to flooding. Following the king tides last night, and high tide at 12 noon today the water is lapping the top of the boardwalk. Part of this sectio...

 

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Tunnel closed for repairs – Opua to Kawakawa  The tunnel on the Opua to Kawakawa section of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is temporarily closed for repairs. A detour is in place and the trail remains open. Cyclists are advised to walk their bikes across the detour, which is steep in parts. We apologise for the...

 

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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 b...

 

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Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced a further $3 million will be invested in 2015/16 to help fund the completion of Northland’s Twin Coast Cycle Trail Pou Herenga Tai. The Government is working with the Far North District Council on the 84km trail which will pass through the centre of the...

 

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John Carter, Far North Mayor
Be prepared for an amazing experience from sweeping and unspoiled vistas to a historic journey that embraces the origins of New Zealand's nationhood. HON JOHN CARTER – Far North Mayor