Located approximately 15km from Whangarei, the Whanui Coach Road is on public land and is open to public access either via Mangahui Road, off Pataua North Road, or Waiparera Road on the Parua Bay side. From Mangahui Road it is approximately 4.5km of downhill through native bush. At the bottom, you can either turn around and head back up the coach road, or cycle out along the gravel Waiparera Road to Parua Bay. You can make it a loop by turning left and heading to Pataua South, crossing the bridge to the north side and cycling back up Pataua North Road and then left again on to Mangahui road. Both Mangahui and Waiparera roads are gravel. The coach road is benched single track, grade 3, with a couple of stream crossings.