OPUA TO KAWAKAWA

Temporary Closure

Please note that there is a temporary closure of the  Cycle Trail section from 13 September to 30 November:
Taumarere (Long Bridge) to Akeake) to reinstate the railway line.
There is an existing railway siding at Akeake which will allow locomotives to change from one end of the train to the other so that they can pull the train back to Kawakawa.
During the period September 13 to 30 November, 2021

Access will be only available from Opua to Ake Ake, further along the trail (4.1km). This is important as it will allow Opau cycle trail users the option of riding/walking to Akeake. Also access is only from Kawakawa to Taumarere.

During Summer

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust will provide a train service over the  closed trail the summer months with the second stage of the railway reinstatement due to begin in February 2022.

From February 2022

The cycle trail rebuild and realignment starts in February 2022 from Taumarere Railway Station (Long Bridge) through to Ake Ake, (a distance of 2.6 km.)

Key dates are noted below:

Rail Reinstatement and partial trail Closure (Stage 1): 13 Sept – 30 November

Trail Open Summer 01 Dec- Feb with Train connection.

Rail Reinstatement closure (Stage 2 rail ) to continue rail through towards Opua: From Feb 2022

Opua to Kawakawa

Trail Status – 1 Alert: Akeake Tunnel closed due to unstable brickwork overhead – Please follow signs for detour.
Distance – 11km
Grade – 1 easy

Trail Highlights

  • Opua – beautiful marina
  • Cycling next to the water – marina views, mangrove, estuary and crossing rivers
  • Akeake tunnel
  • Taumarere Long Bridge
  • Taumarere Railway Station – toilet and picnic spot
  • Hundertwasser architecture at the toilets in Kawakawa
  • Te Hononga Kawakawa

Trail Overview

  • You can ride the trail in both directions.  The two most popular options are riding from east to west (Opua to Horeke) or downhill in both directions from the centre of the trail which is located in Kaikohe.
  • Starting in Opua this section is unique in that some of it is disused rail corridor that you are cycling along or through as there is a train tunnel. Share the trail with vintage trains from the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway. You may take bikes aboard the trains between Taumarere and Kawakawa Stations.  It is a very easy ride with stunning water views.
  • Opua is a bustling commercial port with a large marina and boatyard. It is the first port for oversea yachts arriving in NZ after crossing the Pacific Ocean.  Opua also has the car ferry from Russell.
  • The cycle trail starts at the end of Baffin Street, Opua.
  • Your Destination Kawakawa is a vibrant rural town with some big tourist attractions.
  • The perfect toilet stop in Kawakawa is Hundertwasser toilets. There are cafes, a small supermarket, museum, art gallery and plenty of craft and gift shops.
  • Visit Te Hononga, A Hundertwasser inspired community Hub
  • The vintage trains also travel along the main street, the only place in NZ where this happens

The Basics

  • Keep to the trail and do not cycle on the railway line
  • On the trail – One toilet at Taumarere train station
  • Flat, easy, scenic cycling
  • Parking, toilets and food at both Opua and Kawakawa
  • For 3 km from Taumarere station to Kawakawa you will share the trail with the train please make sure you do not ride on the tracks.  
  • 3 km from Taumarere station to Kawakawa – You can also experience a steam train ride – the train is specially set up for cyclist and bikes and welcome you aboard. Train timetable and costs.  http://www.bayofislandsvintagerailway.org.nz/

Important – Don’t forget to lock your bike!

Parking

Opua

  • Baffin St carpark at the entrance to cycle trail

Along trail

  • United Kawakawa Rugby /Netball Club –  7km from Opua and 4km from Kawakawa

Kawakawa

  • Johnson Park, Kawakawa
  • Kawakawa Railway Station, Gillies Street
  • In the public car park opposite the Star Hotel (access from Old Whangae Rd)

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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.