Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Pou Herenga Tai is a beautiful and scenic cycle trail through Northland’s rural heart. Eventually, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail will join the Hokianga and the Bay of Islands, two areas of Northland that are steeped in early New Zealand History, both Maori and European.

The FULL Trail is Open, 85 Kms of trail from Opua through the East Coast to Horeke in the west. A full Two days of Riding. 


This section of the trail takes you on a gentle tour of rural Northland, over good terrain and with no steep gradients.
This is the perfect day trip for those wanting to enjoy the rich nature of the Far North at a leisurely pace, taking 2-3 hours 

Features of this section include:

  • Kaikohe: sites of early Maori-European contact and conflict and the Heritage Kaikohe complex with that tells the story of early settlement and transport.  Pioneer Village, shops Cafes, toilets etc.

  • Ngawha Springs: hot springs with reputedly therapeutic waters (6km east of Kaikohe)-

  • Lake Omapere: The Far North’s largest natural lake;

  • Okaihau: hub of early agricultural settlement, Cafe, toilets, dairy.

  • The rail tunnel: between Kaikohe and Okaihau pass through an historic 80m rail tunnel.


  Okaihau to Horeke Section 25kms  

Features of this section

  • Utakura Valley with its river, native forest and natural picnic areas.

  • Lots of History. 

  • Horeke Tavern (Claims oldest pub in NZ status)

  • 1.2 Kms Boardwalk through Mangrove wetland

  • Maungunu Mission House.

  • Wairere Boulders.  A spectacular natural rock formation.


Kaikohe to Opua 40km approx. total ride.

Features of this section

  • Easy mostly downhill and flat ride.

  • Rural and forest sections

  • Rail History – Swing bridges

  • Kawakawa– Hundertwasser toilets- Railway Cafe

  • B.O.I. Vintage Railway

  • Taumarere Long Bridge