The full 85km Trail from Opua in the East to Horeke and the Hokianga in the West is finally completed and open for all to ride! Enjoy a 1, 2 or 3 Day Ride across the width of NZ!!
About the trail
Located in the Far North, this trail is steeped in historical significance of early New Zealand settlement dating from before the land wars. As part of New Zealand’s Cycleway initiative (Nga Haerenga), it is a perfect activity option for those of any age or ability, with mostly easy flat riding through some of the best examples of rural New Zealand it is hard to find anywhere else
The Far North is where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. It is also where you’ll find some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and warmest weather. The trail is generally flat and wide with a smooth surface and only gentle climbs. It includes off-road and on-road riding.
The off-road trail is built on an old rail corridor, making it suitable for riders of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail offers a unique experience for riders, traversing rural farm country and passing through a number of small towns as well as many sites of historical and cultural significance. Look out for the hand-carved pou along the route, which reflect the rich culture of this region and provide an artistic feature to this trail.
Option 1: A Taste of the Trail (One Day): Our most popular day trip, and you can see why. Get out on a bike and experience one of the most scenic parts of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail with Paihia Mountain Bikes. A 20km return trip, this is a fantastic and easy family friendly option for all abilities. Ride along the old train line following the Kawakawa River through train tunnels, historic stations and bridges. Enjoy a coffee, a bite to eat and see the famous Hundertwasser designed toilets in Kawakawa before returning back to Opua for your shuttle. This cycle trail is all off the main road, an easy gradient and achievable by most levels of fitness so great for all ages and abilities Trips Depart Paihia daily
Option 2: The Full Trail (2 Days) One of our more popular options. Experience the full beauty of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail over 2 days. Ride from Kaikohe to Opua (45km) on the first day, taking in the train tunnel, swing and rail bridges and historic towns. Depart again in Kaikohe for the second day, riding through 44kms of awesome scenery and backcountry to finish down in peaceful Horeke on the West Coast. This cycle trail is predominantly off the main road, an easy gradient and achievable by most levels of fitness so great for all ages and abilities Trips depart from Paihia with accommodation in Paihia available.
Option 3: The Best Bits (2 Days). If you are here for a good time, not a long time, then this is the one for you! Check out the best sections of the Cycle Trail over 2 days. Ride from Opua to Kawakawa and back on the first day, taking in the train tunnel, swing and rail bridges and historic towns, followed by the ever popular and recently opened section from Okaihau, to Horeke (30km). This last section heads down the valley through farmland, following rivers and incorporating a cool 3km boardwalk before reaching the historic town of Horeke and the mission station on the Hokianga Harbour, West Coast. This cycle trail is predominantly off the main road, an easy gradient and achievable by most levels of fitness so great for all ages and abilitiesTrips depart from Paihia with accommodation in Paihia available.
Option 4: The Twin Coast Epic (1 Day) Go like the clappers and knock off the full 87km of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Horeke to Opua in one day (West to East). Riding in this direction allows for an easier overall ride. Pass by small towns along the way of Okaihau, Kaikohe and Kawakawa, and take in all of the changing scenery as you traverse the width of New Zealand. Ideal for those fit people out there. You know who you are! This 87km trail is all off the main road, a variable gradient and achievable by most regular cyclists or fit people. There are a few hills, and a longer distance, so experience is necessary Trips depart from Paihia with accommodation in Paihia available.
All our trips include quality full suspension or front suspension mountain bike hire- the ultimate in luxury riding, 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
Other Shuttle Options possible with prior arrangement, we can happily pick you up from your accommodation, whether it is in Paihia, Kaikohe or elsewhere
We work with accommodation providers right along the trail- so we can arrange anything!
Cycle Holiday packages and accommodation packages happily arranged for any group size
Please Contact Us for bookings and prices.
Large Group Bookings, custom and private trips available too
Great Rides App
New Zealand’s best guide and tracking app for the Great Rides. Be sure to download the Great Rides App, for a full and comprehensive guide to the trail, with history, maps, information on eateries and accommodation right on your phone
Once a trail is downloaded it can work offline:
– to track your position along the trail using your phone’s GPS
– showing key stops on the trail with photos and descriptions
– providing information about trail sections with elevation profiles
– identifying bike related services to help you along your ride
– as a guide with trail information all packaged into one app
We highly recommend this….download it below