Trail Conditions

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Trail Conditions

Before you ride, be sure you know what to expect.

Check the latest trail conditions here. If you want further detail, email jim@motutrails.co.nz. That way you'll know what to expect, as much as possible. Check the weather forecast too. If heavy rain or high wind is on the way, be prepared to delay — Pakihi Track especially is volatile terrain in a storm. 

 

[Updated 16 May 2022] Dunes Trail is open and in good condition. Note that being coastal, the Dunes Trail can get wind blown sand accumulating in places. Only ride through sand if you are sure you can do so without falling off.

At the 800m point of the trail, the Dunes Trail crosses Snell road, which currently has a lot of trucks doing work on the new Ōpōtiki harbour development. Wait for any trucks to pass before crossing.

The Dunes Trail traverses an area of cultural and environmental significance. Please do not use unmarked tracks through the dunes. Your respect is appreciated.

[Updated 24 May 2022]

Pakihi Track had heavy rainfall and wind 19/20 May. Some of the damage has been cleared but sections of the lower track have small slips to walk over, we plan to clear this by Saturday 28 May. From now until September the Pakihi Track will only be maintained every 2-3 weeks. This means the track condition will be rougher. Sections on the lower track will almost always have rock debris piles.

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Pakihi is an advanced-grade track in very dynamic terrain. Pakihi is not a track for inexperienced riders. If in doubt, the track makes a fantastic walk.

Be prepared with warm clothes, repair kit, and a PLB. Keep speed down. Walk any areas that are signed or of concern. Treat the track with respect and it’s a wonderful experience but please, that respect factor is essential to stay safe.

Track conditions on Pakihi change dramatically as soon as there is bad weather.

 

[updated 16 May 2022] Motu Road is open. 

You may see logging trucks at both ends of Motu Road. Log truck drivers have been asked to slow or stop if they see cyclists approaching. Please, courtesy on all sides is essential. Please show drivers respect, just as you expect them to respect you.

The northern end of Motu Road was graded mid-May.

You may meet vehicles at any stage on Motu Road. Take care at all times. Most importantly, going downhill, stay left on blind corners. Share the road with care.

For driving, the Motu Road is always advised as 4WD vehicles only. When wet, a 2WD will struggle. Take a shuttle if you can.

 

[Updated 12 March 2022] Rere Falls Trail is in good condition, remembering of course, it has 27km of back-country gravel road, which can get loose in dry weather.

If riding from/to Matawai, take care on the 7km of SH2. Ride single file and stay left. The highway is narrow and there can be a fair amount of traffic at times.

If riding Rakauroa Road, be aware there is a quarry near the SH2 end so you may see a couple of heavy trucks.

Waiotahe Trail (on the coast west of Opotiki) now has about 4km of trail open.

Burma and Maraetotara Roads (Ohope/Whakatane) are in good condition.

Rawhiti Mountain Bike Park (near Ōhope) is permanently CLOSED. Onepu Mountain Bike Park between Whakātane and Kawerau is recommended.

Whataupoko Reserve / Fox Street MTB area (Gisborne) offers awesome riding. Check the Gisborne MTB club Facebook for latest park status.

Te Waiti Track (south of Opotiki) is about 80% rideable. It is in rough condition. You need to dismount a lot to pass short obstacles. There are windfall trunks that are tricky to pass. The track is straightforward for walking or running, for anyone used to backcountry tracks. Riding Te Waiti is of a fairly advanced level due to, in places, narrow track and drop-offs.

Whakaumu Track has not had maintenance for some time and is in rough condition. You can ride about 80% of the first 4km, but it is overgrown.

Taheke Road (Block Access Rd) which accesses Whakaumu Track is in good condition. Take care for cars or forestry traffic.

Mangakirikiri valley Please note that the valley is currently under harvest. Please don't ride into any area where there are signs/banners saying access is prohibited. Remember, Mangakirikiri is private land.

Otipi Road — is fine for skilled/prepared riders with suitable cycles or motorbikes, but access to the Motu River by car is not possible.

Otipi road is massively isolated and very hilly. The riding is not especially technical but due to the isolation and elevation up to 900m, it needs treating with respect.

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