Part of the Far North's Twin Coast Cycle Trail will be the scene of serious, and not so serious, efforts next month for the annual Okaihau-Kaikohe Traverse.

Now in its sixth year, the Traverse is open to all, whether they want a serious run or casual walk at the September 25 event.

Registrations have opened for the Traverse, which includes 21km, 14km or 9km runs and 14km or 9km walks.

Event organiser Kaikohe Rotary Club president Don Edmonds said the Traverse was a popular event, attracting runners and walkers from all over Northland, with about 200 people taking part last year.


"It is not a competitive event - it's about getting out and having fun," Mr Edmonds said.

He said the Traverse would be held along part of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail - Pou Herenga Tai.

The 21km and 14km runners and walkers start from Two Ponga Park in Okaihau, while the 9km runners and walkers will start from the Toia Rd-Lake Rd intersection near Lake Omapere.

The event finishes at Kaikohe's Pioneer Village, where there will be food, entertainment and activities for the kids.

Buses will be available to take competitors from the Pioneer Village to the starting points.

"Pou Herenga Tai was the former rail line from Okaihau to Kaikohe.

"The gradients are easy and suitable for most people of all ages," Mr Edmonds said.

"The Traverse is always popular, so we encourage people to register early to secure their places."

The event is a fundraiser for Kaikohe Rotary's community projects.

"By taking part, people are putting money back into their own community," Mr Edmonds said.

"The Kaikohe Rotary Club would like to thank the Kaikohe Pioneer Village and the Far North District Council. Their support makes the event possible."

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