Twin Coast Cycle Trail

The Twin Coast Cycle Trail in Northland is one of New Zealand’s 18 Great Rides.

riding the twin coast cycle trail


From Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park it is a scenic 8km ride to the car ferry to Opua and the start of the Twin Coast Rail Trail. Passengers and their bikes can travel for $1.00.

All sections of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail are now open. The Trail starts with a journey from Opua to Kawakawa, this is a  30 km return bike ride and is flat, easy to ride and perfect for a day out for families. Enjoy scenic views of the Waikare Inlet and the Kawakawa River. This section of the cycle trail crosses 14 bridges and goes through a Thomas the Tank Engine style tunnel and various pieces of early railway memorabilia can be sighted along the way.

The route between Opua and Taumarere is 6.8 following the estuary and passing through a “Thomas the Tank Engine” rail tunnel and over a series of bridges including Long Bridge, the longest curved wooden bridge in the southern hemisphere. From Taumarere you can catch the vintage train with its special carriage for cycles, to Kawakawa – one of the few towns in the world with a vintage train through the main street .

Cyclists using the Twin Coast Cycle Trail can carry their bikes on the train in a custom built cycle wagon.

Bikes, helmets and bike locks can be hired at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park.

At Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park you can book bikes, store bikes, effect simple repairs, hire bikes, organise a shuttle to Okiato.

Bring your bikes or hire one of ours – we offer great rates for guests for a day ride on the rail trail to Kawakawa and back.

We have selected bikes which offer a comfy ride so you can enjoy the a one day ride rail trail – Specialised Expedition bikes, the ultimate in riding comfort. Specialised bikes offer Ground Control Geometry for a comfortable, upright riding position, a stable ride due to suspension fork and Body Geometry components. The Wide Comfort saddle uses springs, and dual-density foam.

“Great bikes. Very comfortable” Vicki and Hayden, recent guests from Auckland. Book any accommodation and receive a real super duper wheel deal ….

  • Bike Hire – special rates for guests for the day ride to Kawakawa and back – includes helmet & locks
  • We can supply you with local knowledge of the many places to visit in & around Russell
  • Riding the most scenic part of the Trail from Opua to Kawakawa is our specialty
  • Twin Coast Rail Trail – we can organise the complete coast to coast ride for you using Top Trail
  • Use your accommodation booking number as the reference code.

Have we got a deal for you! …well several deals really

  • Book any accommodation at Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park and get 25 % off bike hire for one day hires . Just quote your accommodation booking number. Valid during August and September 2017.



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