1 Day Kaikohe HQ - Downhill to either coast

Approx 4 Hours riding each way

 

  • Standard 3pm pick up at either end
  • Standard Bike + Shuttle $105/ person $75 per child
  • Ebike + Shuttle $170/person
  • Includes helmets

From 1st June

1 Day – Kaikohe HQ ride downhill to either coast

  • Std bike + shuttle $115/ person
  • E-bike + shuttle $180/person

We suggest that you park your vehicle safely with us at base in Kaikohe which is also the highest point of the trail!  Tipene will get you sorted on one of our new fleet of Bikes for ultimate riding comfort, whether it be Ebike or standard trail bike, as well as information and all you need to get started. Leaving Kaikohe between 9 am and 10 am to enable you enough time on the trail to be in time for the 3pm pick up at either end

Kaikohe to Horeke – Mangungu Mission

Riding the western section of the trail you will cycle 42kms,  Kaikohe to Historic Mangungu Mission House Horeke on the West coast of Northland. Follow ancient pathways Maori used to travel from coast to coast. The trail meanders from central high ground down to sea level. Tunnel, lake farm and bush land. A stunning ride!

This easy grade 1-3 ride passes through an old rail tunnel, skirts lake Omapere and takes you through the town of Okaihau before heading on down to Horeke. You will see farmland, rivers and native bush before arriving at Horeke home to the oldest hotel in New Zealand and the historic Mangungu Mission house.

Riding along the old rail corridor to Okaihau where a number of refreshment stops are available. You then ride on out of town, down into the Utakura valley and alongside the river through some fabulous native bush, time for a picnic and a stop at Snow’s farm,  homemade goodies from the food kiosk there  Riding on through early settled farmland and on to the boardwalk which takes you over the mangroves at the top edge of the Hokianga Harbour to Horeke where a short ride on gets you to the historic Mangungu Mission House and your shuttle pick up point!

Accommodation options

We can help with all accommodation options in the region – email us here info@toptrail.co.nz

Kaikohe to Opua

Riding the Eastern half of the trail between Kaikohe and Opua is almost all on old rail corridor 45 kms of easy riding.

The trail between Taumarere to Opua is temporarily closed from Monday 13th September until further notice

The temporary closure signals the start of a project that will eventually see railway tracks reinstated, (beneath that section of cycleway) so that trains can travel between Kawakawa and Ōpua.. 

This gives you 34kms of riding from Kaikohe downhill to kawakawa. The new pick-up location is in the Te Hononga Centre car park, in Kawakawa township, we do suggest you ride through to Taumarere Railway Station (4.5kms further past kawakawa) and then turn around and ride back to kawakawa (Te Hononga Centre car park) for your pick up. The scheduled time for the standard shuttle will be 3.00 pm – however, we are able to accommodate a different time if needed – just ask us! 

Trail details –  As you drop down from the highest point at Kaikohe you will pass Kaikohe Aerodrome built in 1942 as a US Marines bomber base, still in use by general aviation. This ride passes through rural Northland, the stunning Orauta Stream suspension bridges, waterfalls, cycle past Marae.

Ride through the fabulous town of Kawakawa that has so much to offer, culturally, and historically – excellent eateries and a good place to stop for a while.

NOT VALID BETWEEN – 13TH SEPTEMBER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Your last leg onto Opua is flat easy riding along the water’s edge of the Waikare inlet arriving into Opua, ride a short distance onto the Marina Café where your shuttle will meet you for pick up!

Accommodation options

We can help with all  accommodation options in the region – email us here info@toptrail.co.nz

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