Cycle expert praises Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail
Published on July 19, 2011 from Far North District Council
A cycle trail expert has given a big thumbs-up to a coast-to-coast cycle trail being developed in the Far North.
Jonathan Kennett has designed cycle trails and co-written eight editions of the best-selling guidebook ‘Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides’.
He cycled the Okaihau-Kaikohe section of the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail in May and says the standard of track is equal to that of the Otago Rail Trail.
“The finishing work they’ve done at providing a really great smooth, wide surface along the old railway line is absolutely excellent.”
Mr Kennett says the 13km trail should become a popular cycling attraction because its gentle gradient makes it an easy ride for cyclists of all ages and fitness levels.
“They’ve built a trail that anyone can ride and that’s the secret to building a great tourism product.”
He is keen to cycle the trail again when pou pou and interpretation signs have been added and newly-planted native trees are bigger.
“I had a great ride last time I was there, but next time I go it’ll be even better.”
He predicts the trail will become a national cycling destination when it is extended to 85km and people are able to cycle from Horeke to Opua.
“Aucklanders will flock to the trail no matter what length it is, but people further south won’t unless there is at least 1-2 days riding, because it’s a long distance for them to travel.”
Branding the trail as a pou pou trail will also set it apart from other trails that have wilderness, mining or rail heritage themes.
“There is no other trail that can present unique Maori-Pakeha relationship and history as well as the Northland trail.”