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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