Cyclists on the train and the Twin Coast Cycle Trail
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail runs alongside our railway line between Kawakawa and Taumarere, and the whole east-west Twin Coast Cycleway, between Opua and the Hokianga was opened for Christmas 2016.
Up to 24 bicycles can be carried on our open carriage Weka. These are carried free for our passengers to use on the Twin Coast Cycleway. Visitors may wish to travel on a one-way train trip from Kawakawa to Taumarere and continue by cycling or walking onwards towards Opua, or return on the Twin Coast Cycleway, which runs alongside our railway line between Kawakawa and then westwards to the Hokianga.
The Twin Coast Cycleway begins from the east coast beside Opua Harbour and follows the Waikare estuary, westwards. 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; over the rail tunnel 80 metres long – currently closed; and alongside the mangroves on the shores of the upper reaches of the Kawakawa River.
The public are reminded that they must not use the railway track or bridges between Kawakawa and Taumarere at any time – please use the Cycle Trail alongside for your own safety.
Cyclists – please dismount to cross the rail tracks at Taumarere Station. Bicycle tyres do not necessarily grip on rails, and it is safer to walk over them. The Trail continues to Kawakawa behind Taumarere station building on the platform. Always be aware that a train may be moving in this vicinity and people may be using the picnic tables at the station. 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 has been re-piled. All 33 piers/abutments have been completed, and the rails are now fixed in place on the top.
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 since the Christmas holidays 2016-7.
The cycleway is the responsibility of FNDC – please see the Council website and Twin Coast Cycle trail website for further information.
See also our News section for the latest information about the Railway.