Kaikohe to Okaihau

Distance: 14 km
Grade: 1 (easy)

Trail highlights

  • The Pioneer Village in Kaikohe
  • Firehouse Museum
  • Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs: hot springs with reputedly therapeutic waters (6km east of Kaikohe)
  • 80 metre long historic rail tunnel
  • Summit of Kaikohe – views of the sand dunes in Hokianga Harbour to the West and Mt Hikurangi to the South
  • Lake Ōmāpere – Northland’s longest lake and also significant in Maori mythology
  • The water ford close to Okaihau – cycling through it or take the bridge beside it
  • Changing views – native bush, farms and the lake


Toilets and food at both Kaikohe and Okaihau.

Kaikohe to Okaihau - Young Family or short of time? – Trail and Tunnel Taster

We can shuttle you one way or you can ride both ways.

A great short ride if you have limited time before rushing off to your next Bay of Islands adventure or are arriving late in the day.  Or have small children in tow and their legs aren’t quite up for the longer ride!

This section features an 80 metre long curved tunnel and rises to highest point on the trail at about 280m.     It is a gentle undulating ride along the path of the once famous Okaihau Express.

You ride past Lake Omapere and wide vistas of farmland and bush.

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