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Welcome to Motu Trails

A Great Ride of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trails

Head deep into the east of New Zealand’s North Island and discover the Dunes Trail, Pakihi Track, Motu Road Trail, and Rere Falls Trail! Whether you are wanting an easy bike ride or walk with family or friends, a back-country mountain bike or trail run, or a multi-day bike-packing journey between Ōpōtiki in the Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti/Gisborne, you will find it here.

Pakihi Track

  • Distance 20kms
  • Time 3-6 hrs
  • GradeAdvanced
The Pakihi Track is downhill magic – it sweeps through a historic stock route in the magnificent Urutawa Forest, a journey surrounded by fern-filled forest and alongside pristine river pools. The advanced grade reflects that the track is narrow in places, with near-vertical drop-offs to the side. The track also gets rockfalls and windfalls on an ongoing basis. You need sound bike skills and you need to ride with real care. For riding, the track is one-way only, from Motu Road.
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Making It Better
August 27, 2021

Around Motu Trails, the trail enhancements keep happening. In 2021 we’ve completed a new shelter at the top of Meremere hill on th...

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New Motu Road shelter
July 2, 2019

High on the Motu Road above Motu, there's a pull-off where shuttle vans often stop, to drop riders. At this high point, in April, ...

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New shelter for Dunes Trail
July 2, 2019

A new Dunes Trail shelter was finished late-June (except for signage and cultural elements). It is at the eastern end of the Dunes...

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Check the latest trail conditions
October 1, 2018

Before you ride, be sure you know what to expect. That's especially important for the Pakihi Track, which is back-country and vari...

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Pakihi Track throws down the challenges
November 1, 2021

Winter/spring 2021 has been a challenging period for Pakihi Track maintenance—though it was a wonderful few months for the forest.

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New coastal trail west of Opotiki
December 19, 2021

Several kilometres of new coastal trail is now in place along Waiotahe beach west of Opotiki.

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  • Department of Conservation
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  • Opotiki Coast
  • The New Zealand Cycle Trail
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