Twin Coast Cycle Trail
New Zealand’s top cycle touring gurus say Northland’s bike trails are among the best in the country.
Brothers Jonathan, Paul and Simon Kennett have just published Classic New Zealand Cycle Trails, a guide to Kiwi cycling holidays.
It describes all the official cycle trails as well as the brothers' own favourite routes, found after a nationwide search for quiet roads and tracks suitable for leisurely riding and rediscovering heartland New Zealand.
Four of the book's 46 routes are in Northland - the Far North Cycleway, the Kauri Coast, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail and the Kaipara Missing Link.
Jonathan Kennett said the guidebook was made for people who wanted to experience the real New Zealand. "This book will inspire even the most hardened couch potato to get on their bike. Cycling holidays offer a healthy and fun alternative from the stress and strains of modern living: Fresh air, sunshine, astounding views, friendly people and an awe-inspiring country." There was no need to go to Central Otago for an enjoyable cycling holiday, he said.
Source: The Northern Advocate
The trail will pass through some of New Zealand's earliest European and Maori settlements and the Far North District. 20kms is currently open in two sections of 14kms from the historic village of Okaihau near Lake Omapere to Kaikohe, which features sites of early Maori-European contact and conflict, then extends for a further 6kms south of Kaikohe. The village of Okaihau was once a hub of early agricultural settlement and development.
After leaving Okaihau, the trail follows sections of an old railway corridor crossing through an 80m tunnel. The old railway track was built on the ancient pathways and trails the Maori used to travel from East to West from coast to coast. The same trails were used later by the missionaries. The trail passes Lake Omapere, Northlands largest lake which is also significant in Maori mythology and a number of wonderful stories are to be told on the Pou Pou. The entire Twin Coast Cycle Trail is unique in that Pou Pou, carved wooden statues made from local trees to bring to life the stories of the landscapes and local people.