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kia ora and Welcome TO THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE OF MOTU TRAILS
The Motu Trails form one of the Great Rides on [Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail]. The Motu Trails are in the eastern Bay of Plenty and Eastland regions of New Zealand, between Opotiki and Gisborne. The trails can be used year-round. Ride, run, walk ... experience the freedom.
- [DUNES TRAIL — GRADE EASY] Family fun on a wide, easy trail that rolls 10km up and down the sand dunes to the east of Opotiki. All off-road. Return the same way, or head on up the Motu Road. If you wish, add in the 4km Otara Stopbank Trail. Great for walking/running.
- [MOTU ROAD TRAIL — GRADE INTERMEDIATE] Backcountry escape on a spectacular historic road that climbs to over 750m altitude. The Motu Road is open to motor traffic, but numbers of vehicles are usually low.
- [PAKIHI TRACK — GRADE ADVANCED] A ONE-WAY TRACK FOR RIDING. Awesome adventure on a 21km historic single-track through sensational forest. The Pakihi is not especially difficult skills-wise, but it has steep drop-offs to the side, so real care is needed. It is prone to slips and windfalls, and rocks on the track. Consequently, it is rated advanced. Followed by road ride back to Opotiki. Great for walking/running.
- [RERE FALLS TRAIL — GRADE INTERMEDIATE] is a Heartland Ride on the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It stretches just over 100km between Matawai and Gisborne. It's all on-road.
- [MOTU TRAILS EXPLORER] rides are linking trails and roads, such Whakaumu Track, Otipi Road, and Te Waiti Track.
On the Dunes Trail, you're never far from support if you need it. But the Motu Road Trail and Pakihi Track are in remote terrain, up to 800m altitude, with little/no mobile phone coverage. You should be prepared for back-country conditions. You should carry key repair and medical kit.
On the Pakihi Track especially, it is recommended you take a personal locator beacon (PLB). PLBs are available for hire from Opotiki and Gisborne iSITEs. You can even pick up a PLB in Opotiki and return in Gisborne, or vice-versa. Contact [Gisborne i-SITE] or [Opotiki i-SITE].
As in any outdoors activity, accidents can happen. If you happen to need medical care:
- Emergency Services: call 111
- Opotiki Community Health Centre is at King Street, open 24/7: call 07 315 8500.
- Church St Surgery is at 94 Church St: call 07 315 6307. Open normal hours, plus the Surgery is open with no appointment needed on 10.30am-11.30am on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
CURRENT TRAIL CONDITIONS
The latest trail conditions and any alerts are on [this page]. On the Pakihi Track, always be prepared for unexpected windfalls and slips.
current wEATHER IN THE HILLS
This [rainfall and river level reader] is on the Pakihi river. Being in the hills, it gives a very good idea of current weather across the Motu Trails, much more localised than national weather services.
MOTU TRAILS CERTIFICATE TO MARK YOUR ACHIEVEMENT
Celebrate your ride with a Motu Trails certificate. [Download for free] here. A print copy of the certificate is available for a koha (donation) of $5 or more to Motu Trails Charitable Trust, [email us] to arrange this.
GOOGLE MAPS of motu trails Location
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MOTU TRAILS RIDE MAP
[This is our trails map], the same as in the Motu Trails brochure. Click on map to enlarge.
OPOTIKI TRAILS MAP
[This map] shows the relation and detail of the Dunes Trail, Otara Stopbank Trail and Whakaumu Track, as well as Otara Road and Otara East Road.
more info on the region
Map thanks to Pacific Coast Highway Guide.