Current trail conditions

UPDATED 15 JUNE 2018

TRAIL CAUTIONS Also REPORTED ON [OUR FACEBOOK PAGE]

> Dunes Trail OPEN

> Pakihi Track ** CLOSED ** SEE BELOW

> Motu Road OPEN

> Rere Falls Trail OPEN

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DUNES TRAIL OPEN >

The Dunes Trail is in good condition. A short section at Tirohanga, 5km from Opotiki, may have some sand on it. Take care if riding.

At Tirohanga, the Dunes 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.

PAKIHI TRACK IS CLOSED, EXCEPT SOME WALKING/RUNNING>

15 JUNE: There is a major slip on the Pakihi. The slip is 40 metres across and 100m high. The slip is very mobile. You are strongly advised, do not attempt to cross the slip.

As a result, the full length of the Pakihi Track is CLOSED for cycling.

Because the slip is above the hut, DOC has informed us that the lower half of the Pakihi Track can remain open for walkers, hikers, runners.

This means you can still park at the Pakihi road-end and walk or run to the Pakihi hut and back, 9km each way. Above the hut is closed.

 

On the Pakihi, you do need to walk some short sections. Always, if in doubt, walk.

We love it when people help us by removing rocks from the track! Please do so!

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 [info@motutrails.co.nz] with a description, location, and your contact details. Thank you.

 

MOTU ROAD OPEN >

For driving any part of the road, the Motu Road is advised as for 4WD vehicles only.

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

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

RERE FALLS TRAIL OPEN >

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.

WHAKAUMU TRACK AND TE WAITI TRACK CAUTIONS >

Whakaumu has a significant slip, which may not be easy to pass. It has not been ssessed so use caution. Te Waiti track is not currently suitable for cycling.

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