Otipi Road Trail


Otipi Road Trail

  • GradeAdvanced
  • Time 4-8 hrs
  • Distance 38kms
Beyond Motu Trails, the remote Otipi Road, in the Raukūmara Forest Park, was built for hydroelectric dam explorations dating back to the 1950s-1960s.

Today, the road is little-used aside from hunters, fishers, 4WD'ers, and cyclists. While Otipi Road Trail is not Motu Trails, it’s a superb, challenging adventure that showcases sensational forest: you might hear kaka, long-tailed cuckoos, warblers, and kererū along the way. You must be prepared and take care on this ride as, at the far end, you're a very long way from the nearest house and over 60km from Ōpōtiki. 

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Proudly supported by

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