Top Trail Hire & Tours
Top Trail Hire & Tours was set up by Ray and Robyn Clarke in 2012 to promote the use of the great new Twin Coast Cycle trail when it first opened in Northland. Ray and Robyn have a great affinity with the area having lived here for most of their lives. They've been in business in the Bay of Islands for over twenty years and are well resourced with cycles transport and knowledge to make sure your experience is a great one.
In 2014 Top Trail Hire & Tours were awarded the Top Energy Business Development grant to help them further capitalise on the many benefits that visitors to the trail will bring to local communities and businesses.
"Our own experience of the trail has been fantastic from day one and we are keen to share the great scenery as well as historic, cultural and environmental perspectives where possible."
At Top Trail our aim is to make it easy for you to enjoy the trail and Northland. We offer both cycle hire and transport, tours, customised itineraries and activities to help you and your friends ride all of the completed sections of trail or just a section of your choice.
As seen on Ride Advisor
As we were heading up north for a belated Christmas present - we thought what better time to treat ourselves to a days riding on the new section of the twin coast cycle route!
We booked online and the process was simple and easy! Ray was really helpful when I rang with a couple of questions!
We had decided against bringing our own bikes from Auckland as we felt it was easier and more cost effective to hire them through Ray and we weren't wrong we were provided with good quality bikes which were well looked after!
The ride itself was beautiful and we even got to end it at the Tavern where we were given a beer and some local history!
Highly recommend his services!!
Friendly and helpful
We used Toptrail to transport us and our bikes. Ray was very friendly and helpful. He impressed upon us that he didn't want us to feel pressured by any time or timetable.
Just phone him when we were ready to be picked up. Which we did, very easy. And gave us plenty of time to have a drink at the Horeke Tavern while we waited.
Thoroughly recommend his services. Very professional.
Well worth doing! Totally safe, too!
We highly recommend Ray and Robin’s Top Trail Hire And Tours Company. We drove to Kaikohe and hired two bikes from there for the return journey to Okaihau - all round distance of 27km (allow 3+ hours if you want a coffee stop). We had made a change to our original plan because I wasn’t feeling 100% well, and didn’t want to do a longer trip, but Ray was totally cool with that and so accommodating and friendly. That’s the way to run a business - thank you Ray for not making me feel bad! Nothing was too much trouble.
We had two safe bikes, and helmets. I was concerned about possibly having to ride on the roads (as NZ drivers go fast on the narrow country lanes) but rest assured, all of the journey is on designated gravel cycle tracks, and easy to negotiate. You have to ride across a couple of farm roads, that’s all, at a few intersections. There is some fun in a ‘spooky’ tunnel. At Okaihau, be sure to stop for a snack at the cafe. All food is made on the premises.
Thanks Ray - and folks - do this trip, you won’t regret it! BTW, Ray will pick you up if required, so you don’t have to have your own transport, or you can leave your car at Kaikohe and cycle a further distance, and he’ll meet you and ferry you back to the starting point or wherever you wish).