Bay of Islands — Hokianga Harbour (2 days, 84km)
Enjoy a relaxing journey through some of New Zealand’s earliest settlements on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai.
The Far North is where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. It is also where you’ll find some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and warmest weather.
The trail is generally flat and wide with a smooth surface and only gentle climbs. It includes off-road and on-road riding.
The off-road trail is built on an old rail corridor, making it suitable for riders of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail offers a unique experience for riders, traversing rural farm country and passing through a number of small towns as well as many sites of historical and cultural significance.
Look out for the hand-carved pou along the route, which reflect the rich culture of this region and provide an artistic feature to this trail.
Some sections of the trail are open, while others are still under planning and construction. It’s anticipated that the entire 84km trail, from Opua to Horeke, will be completed in summer 2016.
The beautiful Hokianga Harbour includes the twin settlements of Omapere and Opononi, famous for the golden sand dunes that monopolise the view from the shoreline.
The Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa are not your usual public loos. The quirky structure features curved shapes and brightly coloured ceramic tiles and bottles.
A unique feature of this trail is the series of Pou erected along the route. Hand-carved by local iwi, these Pou recall the history and stories of both Maori and Pakeha settlements in and around the area.