Current trail conditions

UPDATED 15 Nov 2017


> Dunes Trail OPEN

> Pakihi Track OPEN  

> Pakihi trackwork STARTS SOON

> Motu Road OPEN

> Rere Falls Trail OPEN


The Dunes Trail is open. The 600m section across the beach often has sand on it. Care is required and you may need to walk some of this. Only ride through sand if you have the skills to do so.

There is rutting on some sections of the eastern end of trail. Take care.

The trail crosses an area of cultural and environmental significance. Please do not use unmarked tracks in the dunes. Your respect is appreciated.

The trail is not affected by seawater unless there's a storm, but if you want to see tide times, please refer to the [MetService Tide Table].

At some entrances to the linking Otara Stopbank Trail, concrete blocks have been put up to barrier motorbike access to the trail, you may need to dismount.


The Pakihi Track is in fair condition. The top half of the track is clear except for one dismount near the 9km mark. The Pakihi doesn't get muddy, but the upper track gets soft and, in places, slippery. Keep speed down. 

The big slip between the hut and suspension bridge is signed to walk. A few other places you may also wish to walk but they are easily crossed walking.

Below the suspension bridge, the lower 9km of track is largely clear of rock debris. There are places the track has been re-cut through small slips, so the track is narrow. If in doubt, walk those bits.

Thanks to the DOC team for the work. We love it when people help us by removing rocks from the track! Please do so!

There is a small scale log harvest from the Pakihi Road, which you use after riding the Pakihi Track. There are 1-2 logging trucks per weekday. Trucks will be piloted on the way out as far as the intersection of Pakihi/Te Waiti roads. There are clear signs. If you have concerns you can contact Ross Green of Forest Link at 021 875 170 or 07 322 2334 or []

The Pakihi Track is back country. Especially in very wet or very dry months, you may come across fresh windfalls and debris/rock falls. Especially if riding alone, a personal locator beacon (PLB) is highly recommended [hire from Opotiki i-SITE].

If you come across a significant new slip, please report it to [] with a description, location, and your contact details. Thank you.


Track widening work totalling about 100 metres will soon start. A total of about 20 metres will also be safety-barriered.

  • This work will take place 27 November to 8 December.
  • The track will not be closed over the duration of the works, however…
  • For safety, it will be ESSENTIAL ALL TRACK USERS users follow any instruction on signs and/or from the track team.
  • To minimise the chance of any delay on your ride, run or walk, if you have a commercial or personal groups using the Pakihi Track during the work period, please alert Jim Robinson (Motu Trails Charitable Trust) or Kohu Kohiti (DOC) beforehand. Note: notification is only for the work period and only for the Pakihi Track, not for the Dunes Trail, Motu Road or Rere Falls Trail.
  • The targeted track widening work will be followed by a general maintenance run on the Pakihi Track.   

It is important to note that, following the work, the Pakihi Track will still be one to take real care on. As always: take the right kit, walk any bits of concern, and don’t rush.


Motu Road is open, please note the southern end has had several major dropouts beside the road and requires real caution.

For driving any part of the road, the Motu Road is advised as for 4WD vehicles only, though it is currently in good condition.

The logging taking place from Whitikau valley is halted at the moment. Until further notice, you are now unlikely to encounter logging trucks. 

When riding, remember the Motu Road does have the occasional vehicle, so take care at all times. Most importantly, going downhill, stay left on blind corners. Share the road with care.


No issues have been reported on Rere Falls Trail. If riding from the Motu Road (Matawai) take care on the 7km highway section to Te Wera Road.


A lot of debris and some windfalls on the track.