The Kaipara District has an ever-increasing number of trails and routes to explore by bike. From the purpose-built mountain bike tracks at Kauri Coast Mountain Bike Park just north of town and Harding Park, Dargaville to the gentle wide Ruawai Stopbank Trail. Or check out the Kia Iwi Lakes trails, and finish up with a swim in the lakes. If you are more of a gravel rider there are numerous rural roads to explore. Including the route between Dargaville and Auckland titled the Kaipara Missing Link.
Kauri Coast Mountain Bike Park – a new bike park under development, there are big plans to turn this into an epic mountain bike park. There are currently seven trails complete and open to riding. They are machine-built and range from Grades 2 to 4. The park is just 14km northwest of Dargaville. You can make a day of it by carrying on out to Baylys Beach after your ride for a swim (if it’s warm enough) and/or drink and hot chips. Check out Trailforks or Kaipara Cycling Facebook page for details.
Pou tu o Te Rangi Mountain Bike Park – a small purpose-built mountain bike park with one up and four downhill trails. The park is easily accessed from Dargaville either by car or bike.
Ruawai Stopbank Trail – this trail is suitable for all ages and abilities. It can be a short return ride on its own or combined with other routes to form a loop. The ride offers great views of Kaipara Harbour.
Ripiro Beach – 107km of flat sand. You can access the beach at either Baylys Beach or Glinks Gully. You can ride along the hard sand for two and a half hours on either side of low tide.
Kai Iwi Lakes Trails – single-track loops around each of the lakes, do one or do them all. Make a weekend of it and stay at the campground.
Kaihu Valley Trail – 30 kilometer route from Dargaville to Kaihu. Two sections of dedicated trail that are linked by rural gravel roads.
Further information about these trails, facilities, and possible routes can be found on the Kaipara District Council website on the Walking and Cycling page.