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Top Trail Cycle Trail Northland

Self Guided Cycle Tour

Northland is a stunning region any time of year and perfect for cycling adventures. Pou Herenga Tai (the Twin Coast Cycle Trail) is a scenic cycle trail running from south of Kaikohe to Okaihau, through an area steeped in historical and cultural significance. Its gentle gradient and smooth surface make it an easy ride for cyclists of all ages and fitness levels.

At present the cycle trail, built on an old rail corridor, is 20 kilometres long and features an 80 metre-long rail tunnel dating back to 1915. The trail is being extended and will eventually reach all the way from Horeke in the inner Hokianga harbour to Opua, joining the east and west coastlines.

The trail starts just out of Kaikohe, the hub of the region and the heart of the great Ngāpuhi iwi (tribe). As you cycle through the heartland of the Far North, enjoy expansive views of the Hokianga in the west, Lake Omapere (the Far North’s largest lake) and farmland to the east as you travel towards the small town of Okaihau.

A unique feature of the trail is the series of Pou or wooden statues erected along the route. Hand-carved by local iwi from trees in the district, these Pou bring to life the stories of both Māori and Pakeha settlements in and around the area.

Cycling time is two to three hours, and there are resting places and photographic opportunities all along the trail – you set the pace.

Your tour includes travel from Paihia to Kaikohe, where you will be fitted with a bike and helmet and transported to the start of the trail. At the end of the trail you’ll be collected for the return journey to Paihia.

Top Trail bicycles are all modern Giant brand Trailglide and Bolder models in a variety of sizes for men, women and children. Step through cycles are for women available and all models have gel seats for your comfort.

The Best Bits

  • 2-3 hour easy cycle from Kaikohe – Okaihau.
  • 20 kilometres of trail
  • Rural, lake and bush views.
  • Rail tunnel feature.
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Useful info:

  • Bring: Bottled water, Sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera.
  • Bicycle and helmet hire included.
  • DEPARTURE POINT: Your tour includes pick up and drop off from Paihia Maritime Building.

Pick up 9:00 a.m cycle time 2 – 3 hours (20KM)



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