The Best Bits- Twin Coast Cycle Trail 2 Day Experience

The Best Bits- Twin Coast Cycle Trail 2 Day Experience
  • Duration : 2 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Paihia, Northland
  • Product code : PPL1MC
From NZD $220.00

Summary: One of our more popular
options. Experience the best bits of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail over 2 days.
Ride from Opua to Kawakawa and back on the first day, taking in the train
tunnel, swing and rail bridges and historic towns. Depart from Okaihau for the second
day, riding through 30kms of awesome scenery and backcountry to finish down in
peaceful Horeke on the West Coast. Trips depart from Paihia with accommodation
in Paihia available. This cycle trail is predominantly off the main road, an
easy gradient and achievable by most levels of fitness so great for all ages
and abilities




All our
trips include quality full suspension bike hire- the ultimate in luxury riding,
transport for pick up and drop off, padded gel seat (to make it even more
comfy), helmet, map, repair kit, pump, lock and all trail advice

 

Day 1: Experience one of the
best part of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Opua to Kawakawa! Depart from
Paihia in our purpose built mountain bike trailer and vans, and get dropped in
the nearby Port town of Opua. Start following the old railway tracks, a flat
and very scenic trail from Opua to Kawakawa, taking in the train tunnel,
rail bridges and historic towns. Make sure you have your camera ready! Spend
some time for lunch or a snack in historic Kawakawa, checking out the famous
Huntertwasser Toilets, Vintage Railway and Steamtrain running right through the
main street in town. This train operates in the weekdays and some holidays, so
may be possible to add to your trip. Afterwards, retrace your tracks and follow
the meandering Kawakawa River through to the seaside Opua. Time for
another coffee or bite to eat before your shuttle takes you back to your
accommodation or Paihia Mountain Bikes HQ in Paihia for a well deserved rest.

 









Day 2: Depart from Paihia in the morning again, heading for Okaihau for the
second day of 30km riding. This time, you will be riding in the opposite
direction (but still downhill!) all the way to the West Coast and the untouched
Hokianga Harbour. Start your ride through a fantastic example of small town New
Zealand in Okaihau, a good place to stock up on trail snacks. Carry on past the
peaceful church, then riding down through the beautiful Utakura Vally,
following bubbling streams past backcountry farmland and untouched rural New Zealand.
Some of these sights are 'only in Northland' type views- spot the cows! Stop
along the way for a break at the lilly-pond or at one of the many picnic tables
or patches or grass dotted along the route. Finish your ride on a 2km boardwalk
over the mangroves before a cold drink or brew at the famous Horeke Tavern,
right on the edge of the Hokianga Harbour. It is well worth to continue riding
a further 3km to the stunning Mangungu Mission Station at the end of the Twin
Coast Cycle Trail. Your shuttle will take you back to Paihia from here at
Horeke.