Dunes Trail


Dunes Trail

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

The Dunes Trail is an Easy/Grade 2 trail for cycling, walking and running. You’ll ride close to the ocean and through many areas of native tree plantings. Along the way, in many places you can access the beach (please use formed tracks).

The Dunes Trail is two-way and can get busy at times, so please always keep left and be respectful to other trail users. Being coastal, in some places there can at times be windblown sand on the trail. Be ready to walk any places with sand.

At the 9km point, take a rest in the shelter then turn around and ride back. Or continue your adventure on the Motu Road Trail. The Dunes Trail is 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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