Safe & Sure
Things To KnowMake your day trip or overnight cycle comfortable and safe by packing the right gear, so you’re prepared for any eventuality on the remote Motu Trails – and if you’re riding in a group, some of this gear can be shared.
For a packing list, the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trails website has a fantastic list for both day trips and overnight/bike-packing trips.
For the Motu Trails specifically, make sure you stock up on food, snacks and water: this country is remote and even if there are cafés, they may not be open when you ride by.
A personal locator beacon (PLB) is strongly recommended for Pakihi Track or Motu Road. A PLB can be hired from Ōpōtiki i-SITE or from Cycle Gisborne.
Layering up in warm clothing is also a must. The top of the Pakihi Track is about 550 metres and the Motu is as high as 800 metres above sea level. As with a lot of New Zealand high-country, weather extremes are maximised. It's not just about hypothermia: if you get cold, you'll lose peak coordination.
Squeeze bars on the Dunes Trail
The Dunes Trail has squeeze bars to block motorbikes. On most mountain bikes, you can ride through these with one hand on a squeeze bar. Or, you may find it easier to walk through, pushing the bike.
With some children's bikes, bikes with drop bars, and bikes with carriers, you may have to dismount and lift the bike over.
A lot of the squeeze bars have an adjoining gate with space to push a small bike through.
It's always good to be prepared, so here are emergency details:
Emergency Services anywhere in New Zealand: call 111.
Ōpōtiki Community Health Centre is at King Street, open 24/7. Call 07 315 8500.
Ōpōtiki's Church St Surgery is at 94 Church St. Call 07 315 6307. Open normal hours, plus the surgery is open with no appointment needed 10.30am - 11.30am on weekends and public holidays.
Whakātane hospital is at the corner of Garaway and Stewart streets. Call 07 306 0999.
Gisborne Hospital is at 421 Ormond Rd. Call 06 869 0500.
This link gives nearest defibrillator locations.