A detour into Bulls can be taken, which is worth the visit for coffee lovers. Himatangi Beach boasts an award-winning holiday park, and a popular fish and chip shop and local store with coffee and baking. Plan ahead for this ride so you can check the tide-times, allowing you to ride on the beach.
Starting in Marton, head south on Wellington Road before turning left onto Markiriki Road, which brings you onto State Highway One.
Here, turn right, then take the next left onto Kakariki Road. The trail follows Kakariki Road in an easterly direction as it drops down the terraces to the Rangitīkei River, and then becomes Mingaroa Road on the left. The road then ascends, and becomes Wilson Road.
Take a right turn into Hurst Road (gravel road). At the top of Hurst Road, the trail turns left and heads south along Wightman Road until it reaches State Highway One. A detour can be made to the shops and cafes in Bulls, which is the last town on the cycle way before Himatangi.
Cross State Highway One carefully, then continue along Tangimoana Road. This will become McDonell Road, before coming back onto Tangimoana Road again.
Follow this all the way to Tangimoana Beach, where there is a camping ground with small cabins to rent.
The trail turns left onto Tangimoana Beach Road and then right at the sign to the boat launching ramp.
The first left turn leads onto a sandy track to the beach. The trail heads south for 8km along the beach to the village of Himatangi. The sand can be soft, so the best time to ride is within two hours each side of low tide - so plan ahead.
Important: Please ensure you review the tide tables online here.