Motu Road Trail


Motu Road Trail

  • GradeIntermediate
  • Time 1-2 days
  • Distance 67kms
Welcome to epic backcountry! Taking you through remote bush country, historic farmland, and hills that demand good fitness, the Motu Road is a genuine adventure.

The Motu Road was part of the first vehicle road between Gisborne and the Eastern Bay of Plenty, with the first car making the journey in 1915. In the 1980s and 90s it was a famed annual feature of the World Championship Rally of New Zealand event: the world’s best rally drivers found its narrow, twisting nature one of their toughest challenges. However, on a bicycle, it’s a brilliant and beautiful ride – and perfect for e-bikes if you have battery capacity.




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    Proudly supported by

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