Aotearoa’s most northern Great Ride

Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail is one of Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand,
the country’s premier rides

Winter maintance TEMPORARILY closes Opua to Kawakawa Train section

1. Closed till further notice

Via Taumarere & Te Ake Ake / Grade 1 • 11km • 1 hour (includes train ride) 

You will need to take a train ride to get from Taumarere to Te Ake Ake if riding from Kawakawa, or vice versa if riding from Ōpua, to complete this part of your journey. 

July 2024 Train Schedule – Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

From July 2024 Trains will depart three times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tickets are available via trail operators.                

Click here to see the most up-to-date train timetable. 

Train bookings 

Bookings essential. Click here to reserve a spot on the train for you and your bike.

Ticket Pricing 

One-way ticket: $10.00 per person
Return ticket: $15.00 per person 
The ride between Kawakawa and Taumarere is easy and ideal for inexperienced riders. The trail follows the southern edge of the Kawakawa River plain alongside the second oldest railway line in New Zealand.

Between Te Ake Ake and Ōpua the trail continues alongside the river. This was once the main access way for Māori travelling to and from the area. Ponder the history and enjoy stunning estuarine scenery on your way to or from Ōpua.

2. Via Whangae & Oromahoe Roads / Grade 3 • 17km • 1.5 hours

This is an alternative route on quiet country roads suitable for experienced riders. There are hills that require a reasonable fitness level, especially if riding from Kawakawa, but there is also plenty of downhill freewheeling. This route will take you through farmland and the beautiful Ōpua State Forest, with its stately Kauri trees and panoramic ocean views.

The easiest way to ride this route is to start at the Top O’ The Hill reserve on the corner of SH11 and English Bay Road in Ōpua. Follow the signs along Oromahoe Road and Whangae Road, then cross the Kawakawa River plain to arrive at Te Hononga in Kawakawa.

The best way to Explore The Mid North

87 kms from the stunning Bay of Islands to the tranquil Hokianga Harbour. 

With 4 sections it can be ridden in either direction.

Stunning scenery with magnificent views, and a fascinating journey through NZ’s earliest Maori & European settlements. 

Opua to

Kawakawa to

Kaikohe to

Okaihau to

Plan Your Ride

Find all the things to help you have the best expereince riding the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

Ride Your Own Ride and see everything you want and more. 

Short of a bike or great gear…we’ve got you covered!

Northland has so much to offer, rich in History and Culture, Scenery and Experiences

Trail Stories and News


Emergency Trail issues and Maintenance:  

Far North District Council: 0800 920029, 09 401 5200

Office Number –  +64 21 109 4339



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