Cyclists on the train and the Twin Coast Cycle Trail
The cycle trail begins beside the Opua Harbour and follows the Waikare estuary. The cycle way is flat, easy to ride and perfect for families. It provides views of the estuary connecting to the Kawakawa River. The cycle trail runs over five bridges, through a tunnel and alongside the mangroves on the shores of the upper reaches of the Kawakawa River.
The recently installed cycle path/walkway bridge over the Tirohanga Stream on the Taumarere – Kawakawa section completed this part of the route, and the whole east-west Twin Coast Ccycleway was opened for Christmas 2016.
The public are reminded that they must not use the railway track or bridges between Kawakawa and Taumarere at any time.
Also please dismount in order to cross the rail tracks at Taumarere Station; and be aware that a train may be moving in this vicinity. Give way to all rail traffic and stay safe by stopping and waiting away from the tracks, and obeying signals from the Guard or Engine crew.
Long Bridge, Taumarere
The railway bridge, called “Long Bridge” at Taumarere is being re-piled. 31 of the 33 piers/abutments have been completed, but 2 have yet to be finished. This bridge had been shut as a building site, without public access. However, we were pleased that it had been made safe for cyclists and walkers to use the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Opua to Horeke over the Christmas holidays 2016-7. This is a temporary arrangement.
At the present time, the state of the cycleway on Longbridge is the responsibility of FNDC, and we are awaiting information regarding its re-closure in order for the last 2 piers to be placed and therefore complete the re-piling. See also our News section for the lastest information.