Located in the Far North of New Zealand and centered between the Hokianga on the West Coast and the coastline of the Bay of Islands, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail offers a truly unique experience for cyclists. Journey through some of New Zealand’s early European and Maori settlements, following the ancient Maori Trails from the east to the west coast with stunning vistas of the Hokianga Harbour and Bay of Islands coast along the way.
Enjoy a relaxing journey as the trail traverses through rural farmland, passing a number of small towns and many sites of historical and cultural significance.
The trail is generally ?at and easy to ride, it is not a mountain bike track but a smooth surface cycle trail and includes some gentle climbs, allowing cyclists to travel side-by-side for most of the journey.
The cycle trail takes you across across unspoilt private farmland – through old railway tunnels, and over old timber rail bridges, around lakes and rivers, and through historic towns. You can experience parts of the trail for an hour or experience a full day or muti-day with overnight acommodation allong the way, there is plenty to see along the way. From the well known Hundertwasser toilets and the vintage train in Kawakawa, the only town in New Zealand to have a railway track running down its main street and the towns coal mining past is displayed at the Kawakawa museum in the historic World War One Memorial Library building.
Stop for a soak in Ngawha hot springs in between Ohaeawai and Kaikohe, take a stroll around the heritage village of Kaikohe.
From Okaihau the cycle trail takes you through Lush farmland, over old rail bridges and through tunnels arriving at the small settlement of Horeke in the upper reaches of the Hokianga Harbour. Established in 1826 as a shipyard although only a few ships were ever built, the local Tavern is certainly worth a cool drink or two, it was the first tavern to be built in New Zealand and it has a wonderful history with stories of legendary ‘Cannibal Jack’ who was the Hokianga’s first European settler.
The nearby Wairere Boulders a geological nature park is also well worth a visit, walking through what is the only valley of its kind worldwide! This boulder valley thought to be 2.8 million years old, was formed by a lava flow which turned into a basalt layer, then eroded by rainfall and leaving hundreds of fluted basalt blocks that cluster together in a formation some of which are 30 metres high.
Erected along the route are a series of ‘Pou’ which have been hand-carved by local iwi, these ‘Pou’ recall the history and stories of both Iwi and Pakeha settlements in and around the area. Other points of interest along the trail and set alongside the stunning Hokianga Harbour is the Mangungu Mission House built in 1839 and the site of the largest signing of the Treaty of Waitingi. Take in the magnificence of the sand dunes of the Hokianga and its harbour entrance well known for its incredible sunsets.
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