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Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Cycle Trail is 87 km from Opua on the East Coast to Horeke on the West and is divided into four sections and can be ridden in either direction. The central point is Kaikoke and from there the trail descends to the East and the West coasts. This trail goes through diverse and stunning scenery with spectacular views, but it also takes you on a fascinating journey through some of New Zealand’s earliest Maori and European settlements. Story boards along the way bring to life the history and stories of the local people.
Duration - 2 days
Grade - 1 - 3
Distance - 87km
Highest point - 320m - Kaikohe Hill
The 4 sections
Opua to Kawakawa - 11km, grade 1
Kawakawa to Kaikohe -34km, Grade - 1 - 2
Kaikohe to Okaihau - 14km, Grade - 1 - 2
Okaihau to Horeke - 28km, Grade - 2 - 3
The gateway to the Bay of Islands, Opua is a peaceful seaside settlement. Located where the Kawakawa River and Waikeri River meet with the Bay stretching out Northward to the sea. You can see the passenger ferry 5 km
down the bay going between Paihia and Russell. Waitangi is just beyond Paihia and the entrance to the Kerikeri River is viewed near the North end of the bay.
Opua is where the overseas yachts first arrive in New Zealand after making their South Pacific Ocean crossing. The charter boats are based here that cruise through the bay. The Tucker Thompson a top sail schooner and other cruise boats start out on their daily excursions from the Opua Port. During the Year a few cruise ships visit this hide away port.
The car ferry takes vehicles across the port to Okiato and the road to Russell. The Coastal Walking Path starts in Opua the Harrison Scenic Reserve (rain forest) is a twenty-minute walk and the scenic trip to Paihia takes three Hours. (a 5km trip by road, 10 minutes by car)
The community of Opua is small and centred around its international recreational Port, Marina and the Wharf (fishing is permitted). There is a good restaurant and take-a-way shop and a small convenience store.
There is a small boat launching ramp and a dingy dock. There are two boat yards, sail repair, engine shop and other supporting services making Opua a
surprisingly good place to work on your boat. Yacht moorings are available for short or long-term rental.
The Opua Cruising Club is a local centre of social activity in this provincial community. A 240-berth marina provides dockage for local and overseas vessels. Opua is being progressively redeveloped by far North Holdings Ltd as the premier maritime servicing centre for the Northland region.
A small town in the Northland Region of northern New Zealand. It had a population of 1347 at the 2006 census, down from 1401 in 2001. Kawakawa developed as a service town when coal was found in the area in 1864, but there is no longer coal mining here. The economy is based on farming.
The town is known as "Train Town", because the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street on the way to Opua. 8 km of the 17 km track reopened in 2008. At present trains are unable to go over "Long Bridge" because it is being re-piled, and the track between this bridge at Taumarere and Opua is being used as part of the Twin Coast Cycle path. As soon as re-piling has been completed and the bridge certified for train use, this part of the track will be refurbished, and the cycle path moved next to the track.
The town is also famous for its Hundertwasser toilet block, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who was a resident of the town from 1975 until his death in 2000. Another attraction is the nearby Kawiti glow-worm Caves at Waiomio.
Horeke is a settlement in the upper reaches of the Hokianga Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. Kohukohu is just across the harbour.
Horeke has many wonderful tales to share. Horeke sprang up overnight when an Australian firm established a shipyard in 1826. Only a few ships were built here but Horeke became the Heart of the Hokianga for the next decade.
It is the second oldest town in New Zealand and is the site of New Zealand’s first ever pub, the Horeke Hotel. It might not have had a liquor license, but it served the many ship builders working in the first commercial shipbuilding yard in New Zealand, which was situated right beside the Hokianga shore. New Zealand’s first murder trial took place at the nearby Methodist Mission. The dark bluff across the Hokianga River further east is called Marmon’s Point, the home of Cannibal Jack, Hokianga’s first white settler. He lived as a Maori and is believed to have ‘joined the Maoris in their cannibal feasts’.
Between Horeke and State Highway 1 at Rangiahua are some of the finest tidal marshes in New Zealand. Hundreds of wildfowl and endangered swamp birds thrive in these vast aquatic ‘wastelands’.
The old buildings of Horeke were mostly built over water, because at the time there was no land for sale or available for development.
Nearby 3km up the road is the Māngungu Mission, which is the end of the cycle trail, it is situated on a hillside with a stunning view over the Hokianga Harbour, and it is the western terminus point for the cycle trail. Established on the shore of the spectacular Hokianga Harbour in 1828 as a Wesleyan Mission station. It was built in 1838-1839 for the Reverend Nathaniel Turner. Overlooking the harbour where the largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the country took place here, with over 70 chiefs, before a crowd of up to 3,000 people on the 12th February 1840. The first honey bees were introduced at Māngungu, providing a major contribution to the success of pastoral farming in New Zealand. Explore the Mission House and learn about the key events that happened here.
3km by road also is the Wairere Boulders - A geological piece of paradise, of stunning rock formations that like a stream of rocks and boulders flowing down towards the Hokianga Harbour. Easy walks and tracks that lead you over, between or under the boulders.