Top Trail bike hire, shuttle and tours is situated in Kaikohe and offers guided and self-directed cycling trips along the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.
This is the ideal day excursion for people who want to take their time and explore the rich beauty and history of the Far North. It might take anything from two hours to two days.
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail begins at Opua, Bay of Islands, and goes all the way to Horeke, Hokianga harbour, an area rich in early Maori and European history.
The Kaikohe – Okahau stretch of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is Top Trails’ most popular cycle hire and transfer option, a self-guided bike trip of 20 km cycling over decent terrain and low hills going through rich farm country and noteworthy sites of interest along the route.
This portion of the path has the following features:
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail is suitable for all ages and reasonable fitness levels.
Kaikohe to Horeke
44 kilometres of cycling From Kaikohe to Historic Horeke on Northland’s West Coast. Follow the historic paths that Maori used to traverse from coast to coast. The trail winds its way down from the centre high elevation to the sea level. Tunnel, lake farm, and forest land A amazing ride!
This grade 1-3 journey takes you through an ancient rail tunnel, across Lake Omapere, and past Okaihau before dropping down to Horeke. You will pass through farms, rivers, and native wilderness before arriving at Horeke, home of New Zealand’s oldest hotel and the ancient Mangunu Mission house.
We provide you with a bike, a helmet, and all the information you need to get started riding from our base in Kaikohe through the ancient rail track to Okaihau, where there are a variety of refreshment breaks.
You then ride out of town, down into the Utakura valley, and follow the river through some spectacular natural bush and early established agriculture to Horeke, where you may take a short ride to the Mangungu Mission House and your shuttle pick up location!
Kaikohe to Opua
It is a 40-kilometer ride from Kaikohe to Opua Marina. A rather straightforward bike down the ancient coal line to Kawakawa, home of the famed Hundertwasser Toilets.
The historic rail route between Kawakawa and Opua (11 km) is a flat, simple ride that is ideal for families. The route stretches alongside Opua Harbour and follows the Waikare estuary, offering views of the estuary as it links to the Kawakawa River. The cycling track crosses fourteen bridges, passes through a tunnel, and travels among mangroves on the upper reaches of the Kawakawa River.
The most colourful and undoubtedly most renowned Hundertwasser Toilets, which contain inset glass and tiles, sculptures, a live tree, and a grass ceiling, are a must-see and the primary tourist attraction in Kawakawa. They were erected in 1988 with the aid of the community.
From Kaikohe to Kawakawa, you’ll see more train history as well as beautiful rural and wooded landscapes. Almost entirely on a disused rail route with a gentle grade.
Start in Kaikohe HQ ride downhill to each coast – 1 day each way. 3pm shuttles return from each end point back to Kaikohe each day. Self guided .
Includes return shuttle from Opua to Kaikohe and Horeke back to Kaikohe.
This is the ultimate tour of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail
A total of 87 kms from the Bay of Islands in the east to the Hokianga harbour on the west coast. Moderate fitness needed as the section from Okaihau to Maungunu Mission is a grade 3 trail but the rest is grade 1-2
It follows both historic rail and walking pathways through estuary, bush, towns and rural settings and includes a boardwalk over wetlands. Arrive in Kaikohe both mornings to start your cycle and you will be picked up at 3pm each day by shuttle and returned to Kaikohe – one day from Opua and the other day from Horeke / Mangungu
We recommend cycling the trail this way as Kaikohe in the centre of the track is the highest point and so the majority of your cycle is downhill
Meet at our base 39 Rankin Street Kaikohe to pick up your bike 9-10am. Let us know on the first morning whether you will be bringing your bike back to the depot overnight or keeping it with you in a secure place.
Let us know if we can help you with finding accommodation or for ways to extend your cycling.
This ride may be completed in either direction.
From our base in Kaikohe, we take an easy ride through an ancient rail route to the historic hamlet of Okaihau. You’ll ride through a historic rail tunnel, along bush-lined streets, past Lake Omapere, and take in rural vistas from the Bay of Islands to Hokianga in the west.
Okaihau contains a cafe and a dairy to keep adults and children entertained. We will pick you up and drop you off in Kaikohe.
If you’re short on time, this is a great way to experience a little portion of our amazing trail.
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail is ideal for a pleasant and enjoyable day out for people of all ages and abilities. Top Trails can provide bicycle tours, transfers, personalised itineraries, shuttle buses, and activities for groups of up to 30 riders.
Nature, heritage, cuisine, or adventure should be the focus of your group activity. Tours vary from two hours and seven kilometres of riding to two days and 35 kilometres of easy to medium grade cycling. Minimum numbers apply. ENQUIRE: [email protected]