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Day 1: Depart from Paihia in the morning, and get dropped at Kaikohe in our purpose built mountain bike trailer and shuttle van. Today, ride the trail all downhill from Kaikohe to Opua (45km) taking in th train tunnel, swing and rail bridges, traditional maori community buildings (marae’s) and historic towns. Spend some time for lunch in historic Kawakawa, checking out the famous Huntertwasser Toilets and Vintage Railway and Steamtrain running through the main street in town. This train operates in the weekdays and some holiday, so may be possible to add to your trip. After your break, follow the meandering Kawakawa River through one of the most scenic sections of the trail to the seaside town of Opua. Time for another coffee or bite to eat before your shuttle takes you back to your accommodation or PaIhiaMTB HQ in Paihia for a well deserved relax and dinner out in one of the many eateries in town. We often ride this part of the trail in this direction to allow for an easier downhill gradient, and the wind to be blowing behind you...it can be a bit of a tough ride in the opposite direction!

Day 2: Depart from Paihia in the morning again, heading for Kaikohe for the second day of 44km riding.. This time, you will be riding in the opposite direction (but still downhill!) all the way past picturesque Lake Omapere on the old Rail Corridor to Okaihau for a rest stop. Carry on riding down through the beautiful Utakura Vally, following bubbling streams through backcountry farmland and untouched rural New Zealand. Some of these sights are 'only in Northland' type views- spot the cows! Stop along the way for a break at the lilly-pond or at one of the many picnic tables or patches or grass dotted along the route.. Finish your ride on a 2km boardwalk over the mangroves before a cold drink or brew at the famous Horeke Tavern, right on the edge of the Hokianga Harbour. It is well worth to continue riding a further 3km to the Mangungu Mission Station at the end of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Your shuttle will take you back to Paihia from here at Horeke.

This cycle trail is predominantly off the main road, an easy gradient and achievable by most levels of fitness so great for all ages and abilities All our trips include quality full suspension or front suspension bike hire- the ultimate in luxury riding, transport for pick up and drop off, padded gel seat (to make it even more comfy), helmet, map, repair kit, pump, lock and all trail advice

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One of our more popular options. Experience the full beauty of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail over 2 days. Ride from Kaikohe to Opua (45km) on the first day, taking in the train tunnel, swing and rail bridges and historic towns. Depart again in Kaikohe for the second day, riding through 44kms of awesome scenery and backcountry to finish down in peaceful Horeke on the West Coast. Trips depart from Paihia with accommodation in Paihia available. This cycle trail is predominantly off the main road, an easy gradient and achievable by most levels of fitness so great for all ages and abilities All our trips include quality full suspension or front suspension bike hire- the ultimate in luxury riding, transport for pick up and drop off, padded gel seat (to make it even more comfy), helmet, map, repair kit, pump, lock and all trail advice

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Exceptional Service

Paihia Mountain Bikes was a great company to deal with. Jonny is an expert in both the trail and local area. The bike quality is high and the level of service exceptional. As a solo traveller you get use to some trips not being available...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent service and good quality bikes.

Jonny offers a great service. Good communication by email before arriving for the bike trail. Prompt service for pick ups and drop offs. Great detail and advice on tackling the trails on the day with local information and history of the towns during the bus...More

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Jonny M, Owner at Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals and Shuttles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora Kay, thanks for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. It was great to take you both out exploring the Twin Coast Cycle Trail over a couple of days. That section from Okaihau to Horeke on the 2nd day surely is...More

Reviewed 20 March 2018
Best Mountain Bike Shuttle in Paihia

Jonny and his team are the best. Great communication and advice before we arrived in Paihia. Excellent service and time management with our group shuttle. Jonny and his team really looked after our bikes and arranged e-bikes for our ladies. One of the best small...More

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Jonny M, Owner at Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals and Shuttles, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Hi there Dave and Judy. Thanks for the review. It was a pleasure to meet you and your large group from Taupo that were keen to check out the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. You were a great bunch and very friendly. I appreciate all your...More

Reviewed 5 March 2018
Paihia Mountain Bike Hire & Shuttles

We asked the Paihia Mountain Bike Hire & Shuttle service to transport our own bikes on this adventure. I thoroughly recommend using these guys to transport your bikes or hire bikes from them, if you don't have your own bike. They advised us on the...More

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Jonny M, Owner at Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals and Shuttles, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Hi there guys, thanks so much for the review, glad we were able to help you out and get it all sorted! Sounded like you enjoyed it out there. Hope to see you up here again next time. Cheers, Jonny

Reviewed 20 January 2018
Well organised, friendly, on time, informative - just great!

We had a large group doing the trail, and the whole experience was excellent. Jonny showed up on time, provided us with great information, helped us with gel seats (even if we were not renting their equipment), and made sure we had the information and...More

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Jonny M, Owner at Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals and Shuttles, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Hi there Dale and Leasy, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Was great to meet you and take you out on our Full Trail 2 Day trip on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail- can't miss that gel seat!!! Enjoy continuing to...More

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