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Pou Herenga Tai –Twin Coast Cycle Trail

The Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai is a 4-stage project that will pass through some of New Zealand’s earliest European and Maori settlements and the Far North District, which gave birth to the Treaty of Waitangi.

The first section of the trail, from Kaikohe to Okaihau, is open and ready to ride now.  Driving time to either end of the trail from Kerikeri Holiday Park and Motels is around 15-20 minutes.

Directions

From the centre of Kaikohe, ride west on the main road (Highway 12) until you reach a rest area 400 metres past the Mid North Motor Inn. Look to your right and you will see a gate at the start of the trail. Carefully shuffle across the first of several cattle stops to start your ride on the smooth, flat rail trail. It doesn’t get any easier than this. After 15 to 20 minutes of scenic riding you will reach an old tunnel. Slow down and let your eyes adjust to the dark.

Beyond the tunnel the trail continues north, skirting past Lake Omapere before reaching the small town of Okaihua, 13.5 km from Kaikohe. Here there is a small ford to cross and another tunnel, right under the main street. Okaihua has two dairys, a takeaways shop, a pub and even a hardware store. After refuelling, head back the same way. The last section into Kaikohe is gently downhill.

The trail is open throughout the year. The majority of the trail follows a former railway corridor, making any gradients easy to manage.

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