Twin Coast Cycle Trail

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

 

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, affect simple repairs, hire bikes, organise a shuttle to Okiato.

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

We have Specialised Expedition bikes, the ultimate in riding comfort. Specialized 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.

 If you have enjoyed a ride on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail please fill out their online survey

 

 

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park (WMBP) is located in the Waitangi Endowment Forest and is easily accessible from Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park via the passenger ferry from Russell wharf. A direct ferry service is available to Waitangi itself upon request.

The Waitangi Mountain Bike park offers a network of approximately 20 different trails (with more being planned for development) with varying difficulties to suit all ages and abilities. You can choose from easy scenic trails, cross country, downhill biking and even trails with jumps for the real adrenalin junkies.
The trails are graded. Grade 2 (easy), 3 (intermediate), 4 (advanced) and grade 5 (expert).

You will need suitable mountain bikes to explore the forest. If you are not bringing your own, we recommend Paihia Mountain Bikes for rental. They have full suspension mountain bikes specially designed for off-roading. They also offer a shuttle service. They can provide you with advice and information on the trails, along with a map (so you won’t get lost) and entry to The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

http://paihiamountainbikes.co.nz

 

 

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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