Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Enjoy a relaxing journey through some of New Zealand’s earliest settlements on the Twin Coast Cycle Rail TrailPou Herenga Tai.


-Mountain Bike Rental for the Twin Coast Cycle Trail
-Transport/Shuttles for the Twin Coast Cycle Trail for our HIRE BIKES
-Transport/Shuttles for the Twin Coast Cycle Trail for your OWN BIKE
-Cycling Holiday Planning including accommodation/other activities. We can pickup and arrange for any transport right along the Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Recently Completed
The full 87km 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.

Trip Options:

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, DOWNHILL both 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. We can pick up from anywhere along the cycle trail

Option 3: 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. We can pick up from anywhere along the cycle trail

All our trips include quality full suspension or front suspension mountain bike hire, as well as step-through bikes- 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

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Other Shuttle Options possible with prior arrangement, we can happily pick you up from your accommodation, whether it is in Paihia, Kaikohe, Horeke 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 including Cruise Ships

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