Coastal views, wetlands, native forest and rolling farmland can all be enjoyed on this coast-to-coast ride between the popular Bay of Islands and peaceful Hokianga Harbour. Following smooth rail trail, dedicated cycle paths and country roads, it also offers an opportunity to visit historic and cultural sites while enjoying the sub-tropical climate for which Northland is famous.
Featuring on- and off-road riding, this trail is generally flat and wide with a smooth surface and gentle climbs, making it suitable for riders of most abilities.
Travel from the famously beautiful Bay of Islands to remote, picturesque Hokianga Harbour, or vice versa.
A deservedly popular option is the 14km return trip from Opua, near Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Starting at the marina cafe where there are bikes for hire, this super-easy trail follows an old railway line alongside a wetland and across an impressively restored old bridge to the charming wee station at Taumarere. The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs occasionally between the station and Kawakawa.
Famous for its quirky Hundertwasser toilets and offering numerous other visitor services, Kawakawa is the setting-off point for a 6km stretch to Lucas Road. Another 7km section following the old railway line from Mangakahia Road (near Kaikohe Airport) to Kaikohe is also open.
From Kaikohe town centre, it’s also possible to cycle the 14-kilometre section to Okaihau.
View the trail map here.