Dunes Trail

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Dunes Trail

  • GradeEasy
  • Time 2-3 hrs
  • Distance 9kms
Cruise on a gravel trail along a spectacular stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. Regular rises pop you above sand dunes for breath-taking panoramic views of the open ocean, of Moutohorā (Whale Island), Whakaari (White Island), and of the mighty Raukūmara Ranges of Eastland.

You’ll ride through native plantings protecting the fragile dune ecosystem. You’ll have access points along the way to hit the stunning, empty beach – for a rest, a picnic or a quick dip in the surf. You’ll ride boardwalks, cross bridges and see pou whenua (carved posts). You’ll soak up the feeling of peace, wide open space and freedom that is the eastern Bay of Plenty.  

At the trail’s end, take a rest in the shelter then turn around and ride back. Or continue your adventure on the Motu Road Trail. The Dunes Trail can also be walked or run – and it’s an excellent family ride with its many, short, up-and-downs to offer challenge, and the ability to turn around at whatever distance you choose. 

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    • Department of Conservation
    • Tairawhiti Gisborne
    • Opotiki Coast
    • The New Zealand Cycle Trail
    • Whakatohea