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Twin Coast 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 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

Trail Partner

Inspiration, News and Updates

Lindy Chinnery lives in Lawrence and is our most recent winner of two super Kennett Brothers books for completing a getSmart Survey for the Trails. Lindy is a real adventurer, having recently completed a 1700 km solo biking and camping trip through Canada and the West Coast of the USA. We asked Lindy to share som...


If you’re keen to explore the idea of a manageable back-country ride, take a look at the super new Timber Trail website and learn a little more about one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike wilderness adventures. Since opening in 2013, the 84km Timber Trail through the Pureora Forest in the central North Island ...
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...


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...


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