Kaikohe to Okaihau

Kaikohe to Okaihau

Trail Status – open
Distance – 14km
Grade – 1 – 2

Trail Highlights

  • Kaikohe is approximately the middle of the cycle trail
  • The Pioneer Village in Kaikohe
  • 80 metre long curved Rail tunnel. Handy hint! Let your eyes adjust to the dark before entering or dismount your bike and walk
  • Summit of Kaikohe – views of the sand dunes in Hokianga Harbour to the West and Mt Hikurangi to the South
  • Lake Omapere – Northland’s longest lake and also significant in Maori mythology
  • The water ford close to Okaihau – you can cycle through it or take the bridge beside it
  • Changing views – native bush, farms and the lake

Trail Overview

  • Kaikohe is a farming town in which you will find plenty of eateries and two supermarkets.
  • Take the time to visit the Kaikohe Pioneer Village.  
  • The trail between Kaikohe and Okaihau follows a disused railway corridor, leaving east of town the trail  climbs gently to the highest point of the trail at 280 metres above the coast.
  • You will pass through an 80m long curved rail tunnel that was built in 1915 before descending to Lake Omapere.
  • Despite having the highest point of the trail – it is a easy grade 1 to 2 ride.
  • Okaihau is a small settlement that services its nearby rural community.  You will find a café, takeaways, small supermarket and public toilets there.  

The Basics

  • Parking, toilets and food at both Kaikohe and Okaihau
  • Entering the trail – Kaikohe – The entrance is on the main road (SH12/Takehe Rd) close to a rest area 600m past the Mid North Motor Inn
  • Entering the trail – Okaihau – As you turn off SH1 –  Nova Street, Two Ponga park, are just past the public toilets

Important – Don’t forget to lock your bike!



  • Station Road (opposite Kaikohe Refuse Centre – small carpark)
  • Taheke Road Reserve (adjacent to Taheke Rd, SH12) 600m past township heading towards Tahere – main carpark


    • Two Ponga Park (next to public toilets), Okaihau
    • Okaihau Community Hall, Settlers Way, Okaihau
    • Imms Road (off Lake Road), Okaihau – small carpark


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COVID-19 Closure

two sections of the cycle trail will be closed whilst we are in Lockdown Level 4.  They are:

  • Bottom of the 1.6km Zig-zag in Utakura through to Horeke; and
  • Eastern side of SH15 crossing (near Kaikohe Aerodrome) through to Lucas Road, Moerewa.  

Bioloo toilets across the cycle trail network will also be closed and signs will be installed at key locations across the network.

If you are out on the cycle trail please maintain social distancing of 2m, and wear a mask.