Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Cycle Trail
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Take some time to explore the Mid North, cross roads of Northland. Discover the unique contribution the region has made in New Zealand’s history. It is the home of Ngapuhi, NZ’s largest Maori tribe.
Kaikohe is the central service town for general Bay of Islands area. Supermarkets, banks, hardware, petrol and automotive services, cafes, bars, RSA, motels, cinema, cycle hire, national retailers and a variety of specialty stores make it a great base to stock up for your visit up North. There is a recycling centre and an effluent station for motor homes.
The main visitor attraction in town is The Pioneer Village which includes several restored historic buildings and an extensive collection of items from Kaikohe and Northland’s past. There’s an expansive 360 degree view of the countryside, from the top of Memorial Hill if you are looking for somewhere to picnic.
The road follows an old Maori trail from coast to coast. Meet the locals at The Taheke Hotel, the second oldest pub in New Zealand. Ye Olde Taheke Store is definitely worth a visit. This emporium is supplied by over 100 local gardeners, crafts people, writers, and artists and has everything from soaps, souvenirs to seedlings.
Mangamuka to Okaihau
Tune to 99.5 fm for your visit to Mangamuka. Tautoko FM broadcasts from here. There’s a dairy/takeaway as well as a cafe/art gallery. Nearby is the Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary Walk. The giant kauri were protected from logging in 1951. A 30 minute loop track leads you through a stand of mature kauri, where you can admire their size and majesty. Please respect the Sanctuary, no camping. If it’s a hot day call into Puketi Forest for a cool river swim or visit the Fire House Museum, big and little boys heaven.
Twin Coast Cycle Trail can be accessed from Okaihau. There’s petrol, groceries and a cafe for you to stock up for your walk or ride. It is pick up and drop off point for Cycle Trail shuttles.
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