Current trail conditions



> Pakihi Track OPEN, some slips and debris on track. See below.

> Pakihi Road has small scale logging, you may see a truck after riding the Pakihi Track. See below.

> Motu Road best not for 2WD vehicles and there is logging in progress. See below.


Friday 28 April, Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku bridge at the start of the Dunes Trail will be closed to all use, to allow for a three-yearly safety inspection (weather permitting). On Friday, to access the Dunes Trail at the 1km point, go down Snell Road, just over the SH35 Otara river road bridge.

A 50m section near the start is a bit rough due to recent flooding.

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 as a short-term step to barrier motorbike access to the trail.


The lower half of the Pakihi Track is in a more technical state at present, due to recent weather. It has quite a few slips that need to be walked.

There are also numerous loose rocks on the trail, and the track-side foliage needs cutting back in places. Ride with due caution, remember if in any doubt, get off and walk a section.

If you do not have good skills, you're advised not to use the track in this condition.

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

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.


For driving, the Motu Road is advised as for 4WD vehicles only, though it is currently in good condition. It is fine for bikes of course!

There is logging taking place from Whitikau valley, about 18km from Motu settlement (near the top entrance of the Pakihi Track). You may encounter logging or roadwork trucks on the Motu end of the Motu Road, on weekdays and Saturday mornings. Truck drivers have been briefed on cyclists.

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.