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Motu Trails

Motu Trails

Magic Biking on the Motu Trails

Keen to ride on some brilliant cycle trails and historic roads, The Motu Trails offers you everything from an easy family spin beside the beach, all the way to a brilliant back-country adventure.

Motu Trails is one of 23 Great Rides around New Zealand, under Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail www.nzcycletrail.com . It stretches from Opotiki, and into the hills as far south as Motu and Matawai (on SH 2 to Gisborne).

You have three key choices:

  • The Dunes Trail (from Opotiki heading 10km up the coast)
  • The Motu Road Trail (from the end of the Dunes Trail up to Matawai)
  • The Pakihi Track (Motu Road Trail down to the Pakihi Road south of Opotiki).

You can ride just one of these trails, or if you prefer, join them all together. Please check the Motu Trails web site for full information. The Dunes Trail is super family-friendly, for biking, walking or running. The spectacular Motu Road Trail is easy riding technically, but you need to be fairly fit. The Pakihi Track is almost all downhill through magnificent forest, but you need to have competent riding skills and take real care, as the track is back-country. There are drop-offs to the side of the track.

If you aim to ride the Pakihi, make sure you are prepared with warm clothing, and puncture repair gear. It is a good idea to carry a PLB (personal locator beacon) especially if you ride alone. The Opotiki iSite hires these.

There are numerous options to link in other rides in the Opotiki/Te Waiti/Toatoa/Matawai area … and these options are growing all the time.

Opotiki offers you two shuttle/bike hire providers and a heli-ride provider. The shuttle providers typically run from Opotiki or Te Waiti, but can usually pick up from Ohope/Whakatane, if you have a group. There’s a good range of accommodation available in Ohope, Ohiwa, Opotiki, Tirohanga, Toatoa, Motu and Gisborne, so you can tailor your biking experience however you choose. 

Please check the Motu Trails website for full information; www.motutrails.co.nz

It’s good to choose Motu Trails official partner businesses, as they each pay a membership which supports the promotion and running of the trails. Check here for the directory of providers: http://www.motutrails.co.nz/service-providers

Of course, if you prefer, you can ride your own bikes ad do your own thing. Access to the trails is completely free. The trails are open year-round.

You’ll find maps and information here: http://www.motutrails.co.nz/explore-the-trails

Opotiki iSite will give you riding ideas and do bookings, for no charge: http://www.opotikinz.com/contact-us 

For latest trail news and updates, check the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/motutrails