Kawakawa to Opua

Distance: 11km
Grade: 1 (easy)

Please note we have been advised the trail between Taumarere to Opua is temporary closed from Monday 13th September until 30th November 2021

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.. (see further details below) 

Trail highlights

  • Cafés, museum, art galleries, shops and Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa.
  • Te Hononga – Hundertwasser Memorial Park
  • Hundertwasser toilets
  • Taumarere Railway Station
  • Taumarere Long Bridge
  • Cycling along the water – marina views, mangrove, estuary and crossing rivers
  • The tunnel
  • Opua marina

Necessities

Toilets and food at both Opua and Kawakawa. One toilet at Taumarere Railway Station.

Taumarere to Opua Section temporary closure - September 13th - until further notice

Improvements On the Pou herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail

The Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail between Taumarere Station just east of Kawakawa and Opua will be closed to all cyclists from September 13th until further notice.  This 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.
As part of the project, the cycle trail will be realigned so cyclists can continue to enjoy the popular coastal section of the trail.
As well as reconnecting the railway to Opua and rerouting part of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, funding will help complete the restoration of the steamship Minerva, which will eventually operate in the Bay of Islands.

The new pick-up location is in the Te Hononga Centre car park, in Kawkawa 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!  Check out the option of hopping on a train to go Kawakawa through to Taumarere and return – website and timetable 

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