Paheke is an historic house (1862) located in the heart of the Bay of Islands area and strategically placed centrally to the Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycleway. Our mission is to provide quality accommodation in a colonial setting with all modern comforts and services and in an environmentally friendly facility.
With this as a base it is possible for guests to explore the natural beauty of land and sea, the mission stations and old buildings of New Zealand’s national birthplace, the ancient sites and fortifications of the Maori, and to engage in a wide variety of activities.
Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail
A unique feature of this trail is a series of Pou Pou (carved wooden statues made from local trees) which progressively tell a story along the trail of the landscapes and people of the area. The trail largely follows the northernmost branch rail line which went from the port of Opua through Kawakawa and Kaikohe to the terminus at Okaihau. From there the trail wends through the Utakura Valley to Horeke on the Hokianga Harbour.
Typically, Day 1 takes cyclists by vintage steam train from Opua to Kawakawa (maybe a lunch stop and visit the famous Hundertwasser toilets) and then cycling through beautiful rural scenery to Kaikohe. Accommodation, dinner and breakfast is provided at Paheke with transfers to and from the trail.
Day 2 begins again at Kaikohe with the trail passing through a tunnel and by Lake Omapere (the largest in Northland) in rural scenes of pasture and native forest to reach Okaihau (another lunchstop).
Then it is a gentle ride through the Utakura valley to Horeke where the local tavern on the water’s edge makes a nice place to relax.
We suggest you make Paheke your base for the whole experience and we will make a personal itinerary which includes all dinners & breakfasts, accommodation before during and after the trail, transfers to and from the trail, cycle hire and arrangements/bookings for any of the varied places and activities of the region. You may wish to extend your stay before or after the trail to fully appreciate all the area has to offer and we can guide you to the best.
Pricing Details :
From $380 per person. Email for quote on your itinerary.
Duration: 2 days for complete trail, shorter for parts.
Group Size: Up to 8.
Note: Prices valid to 30 September 2012 inclusive of GST.