Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Cycle Trail

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

Trail Status: Current Alerts

Kawakawa to Kaikohe – There is a short on road detour for approx 300m on this section.  Please be aware of vehicles.

Trail Details

Duration – 2 days, Grade – 1 – 3, Distance – 87km, Highest point – 320m – Kaikohe Hill

Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail travels from the famously beautiful Bay of Islands to the remote and picturesque Hokianga Harbour, or vice versa. Due to its sub-tropical climate – it can be ridden all year round – hence the name “winterless north”.

The trail is 87 km and is divided into four sections and can be ridden in either direction. The central point is Kaikoke and from there the trail descends to the East and the West coasts. This trail goes through diverse and stunning scenery with spectacular views, but it also takes you on a fascinating journey through some of New Zealand’s earliest Maori and European settlements. Story boards along the way bring to life the history and stories of the local people. Visit the Far North to discover the birthplace of the nation.

Cyclists have the choice of staying in Kaikohe or Okaihau as central points and cycle to each coast. From each end a return shuttle can be organised. Others prefer to cycle the full length of the trail starting from Opua and finishing in Horeke. Some cycle both ways. There are those that spread the sections over a few days whilst on holiday in the north.

The bike ride is suitable for most riders as it is generally flat with gentle climbs – most of it being grade 1 and 2, with the Okaihau to Horeke section a grade 2-3. The surface is fairly good and can be ridden all year round, the surface may be a bit rougher if there has been a flooding event. Please report these via the website so contractors can be engaged to maintain the cycle trail. You will find most of the trail is off road, and you can cycle two abreast. There is some on road cycling but these are quiet country roads.

Trail Sections

Opua to Kawakawa

Level Grade 1 – easy
Distance 11 kms

Kawakawa to Kaikohe

Level Grade 1 – 2
Distance 34 kms

Kaikohe to Okaihau

Level Grade 1 – 2
Distance 14 kms

Okaihau to Horeke

Level Grade 2 – 3
Distance 28 kms

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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.