What to expect
Following a dedicated cycle path, the awe inspiring heritage trail offers riders an invigorating experience along a truly spectacular coastline. The wide, smooth path traverses Podocarp Forest, Nikau Palms and expansive beaches, as riders journey back in time to the days of Māori Pounamu gatherers and the glittering gold rush era.
The breathtaking route meanders an enviable mix of rugged cliffs, crashing seas, wildlife, forest, suspension bridges, boardwalks, pristine wetlands, shelters and interpretive signage brimming with remarkable stories and local secrets. With views from mountains to sea the trail will traverse highlights such as Carters Beach, Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay.
Who is the Trail suitable for?
The Grade 2 family friendly cycle trail will be suitable for most ages, fitness and abilities. Once complete, the Trail will have the convenience of accommodation and eateries along the way. Multiple access points, bike hire, luggage transfers and shuttle options will enable visitors to incorporate overnight stops.
The future of the Trail
The Trail has been built to The New Zealand Cycle Trail Guidelines for a Grade 2 track, and is aligned to the Ngā Haerenga Great Rides primary objectives of creating jobs, building a high quality tourism asset and maximising the range of complementary benefits that the cycle trail network provides to a wide range of New Zealanders. Once complete it is hoped the Kawatiri Cycle Trail will receive Great Ride Status.
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