We LOVE all of you on the cruise ships that are coming into the Bay of Islands Port!
Welcome to SUNNY New Zealand!!
To make the most of your time in the Bay of Islands- we have 2 fantastic options for you- to appeal to all levels of adventurers and leisure riders
1- Taste of the Trail (Twin Coast Cycle Trail)
Experience the best part of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Opua to Kawakawa! A scenic and family friendly adventure. We pick you up from your Port of Waitangi in our purpose built cycle trailers and busses. There is then a small 7km trip to the small seaside town of Opua. This is where the trail starts and we disembark the bus and get set up on the bikes. Start following the old railway tracks, a flat and very scenic trail from Opua to Kawakawa, taking in the train tunnel, rail bridges and historic towns. Make sure you have your camera ready!
Arrive in the classic New Zealand town of Kawakawa after 10 kilometers of riding. Spend some time for lunch or a snack in historic Kawakawa, checking out the famous Austrian designed Huntertwasser Toilets, Vintage Railway and Steamtrain running right through the main street in town. This train operates in the weekdays and some holidays, so may be possible to add to your trip (you can take your bike on board for the trip too!). After exploring Kawakawa, retrace your tracks and follow the meandering Kawakawa River back through to the seaside Opua. Time for another coffee or bite to eat in Opua at the café at the end before your shuttle picks you up and takes you back to your Port or we can drop you in Paihia town to explore (which is on the way). This trail is 10km in each direction (a 20km return trip). It is all off the main road, a very easy gradient and achievable by most levels of fitness so great for all ages and abilities
This trip departs Paihia and your Port of Waitangi at 10:30am. This gives you a bit of time in the morning to wake up, have some breakfast, and to board your tender boat and arrive at the Port of Waitangi. The trip returns to Paihia/Waitangi at 2:30/3pm so there is still plenty of time to explore Paihia township before boarding your tender boat back to your cruise ship.
All our trips include quality mountain bike hire- really easy access frame, comfy riding position and perfect for the cycle trail! Includes all transport for pick up and drop off, padded gel seat (to make it even more comfy), helmet, map, repair kit, pump, lock and all trail advice.
2- Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park is perfect for all of you looking for a little more action!
The purpose built mountain bike park has a huge range of over 55km of scenic singletrack, that is suitable for all abilities- from families and younger children, to adventure seekers, seasoned riders and daredevils! There is something for everyone and a fantastic Shore Excursion to stretch the legs for a few hours!
The tracks have been professionally constructed and are a MUST-DO for any keen biker. It currently offers over 50km of varying difficulty trails with great flow and features, from downhill riding, jump trails, cross country and beginner trails. The trail network, designed by Jeff Carter from Southstar Trails, has grown rapidly over the past six months and the trails cater to all levels of ability. There are plenty of fast, flowing berms, rollers and jumps. Grade 2 and 3 runs are so well built, they’re still fun for more advanced riders- some of the best in New Zealand
The initial trail design and development has focused on the family friendly grades with many of the trails built grade 2 (easy), grade 3 (intermediate),some grade 4 (advanced) and few Grade 5 (Expert) tracks. The downhill trails milk the most out of the vertical elevation available providing a lot of fun for a small amount of climbing
We can cater for any larger or smaller group size and can provide you with new, high quality, comfy mountain bikes. These are either full suspension or front suspension- ideal for beginners or pros alike!
The bike park is located only 3 kilometers away from your destination Port of Waitangi, and we run a shuttle service for pickup and drop off so it is nice and convenient to get to. On arrival to the Bike Tracks, we will fit you and your group out to our mountain bikes, and provide you with a map, entry pass and all the information and suggested routes you need for an awesome time exploring! This is a half-day activity that is fun for a couple of hours or most of the day! Experience some of the best mountain biking we have to offer, great for all ages
This trip departs Paihia and your Port of Waitangi at 10:00am. This gives you a bit of time in the morning to wake up, have some breakfast, and to board your tender boat and arrive at the Port of Waitangi. The trip returns to Paihia/Waitangi at 2:00pm approximately so there is still plenty of time to explore Paihia township before boarding your tender boat back to your cruise ship.
Return: 2:00pm approx
All our trips include quality mountain bike hire (full or front suspension)- perfect for the bike tracks! Includes all transport for pick up and drop off, padded gel seat (to make it even more comfy), helmet, map, repair kit, pump, lock and all trail advice.