Exploring Northland on two wheels and two feet

By: Elisabeth Easther | elisabeth.easther@nzherald.co.nz

Eager to entice more travellers to the Far North, local men Mike Simm and Steve Brodie have created a company that will see visitors spending more time (and yes, more money to benefit local communities) in their neck of the woods. Featuring three main itineraries, the focus is on history, culture, adventure with biking, hiking and jet skis all on the menu with a bit of relaxing thrown in for good measure.

Day one I've always been a bit of a purist when it comes to cycling, so when I was offered an e-bike to ride the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, it was an emphatic, "no, thank you" from me. But I am so glad I let myself be talked around because the first 28km of the journey, from Okaihau to Mangungu, was an absolute buzz.

As we pedalled through farmland, alongside waterways and beneath groves of native trees, initially I was sparing with the electricity but, the moment I hit an incline or a headwind, I opened up the throttle. Curiously, I felt no guilt whatsoever.

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