The proposed Kauri Coast Cycleway route follows existing formed roads (87 per cent sealed) combined with ferry charter service across the Kaipara Harbour entrance providing a more direct and unspoilt connection between central Auckland and Northland.
The aim is to provide a superior and safer route for touring cyclists to travel from Auckland to the Northland Great Ride and Cape Reinga.
The proposed cycle route has been surveyed in terms of safety guidelines, logic and directness and tourism set out by New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) under the network expansion plan. We have also consulted with a wide group of stakeholders to assess the level of interest in the development
This three to six day journey allows cyclists to explore the unspoilt West Coast of the Northland Peninsula and will benefit many small communities along its path. The Helensville area including Parakai and Shelley Beach would benefit economically from such a development along with the Kauri Coast including Pouto, Te Kopuru, Dargaville, the Waipoua Forest and Trounson Park, Whatoro and Kaihu. With potential side visits to Kai Iwi Lakes, Maunganui Bluff and Baylys Beach there are considerable economic development opportunities for small communities. Of course the cycle route also has direct flow‑on effects for the Far North District.
The Kauri Coast Cycleway has already been surveyed and assessed as a ‘Heartland Ride’ in the 1012 Edition of ‘Classic New Cycle Trails’ by the Kennett Brothers of Wellington.