Current Trail Conditions
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Current Trail conditions
UPDATED 17 February 2019
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The Dunes Trail is in good condition, though it is very dry. Being coastal, the trail may have short stretches with sand on the track. You may need to walk a few metres. Take care if you choose to ride through any sand.
The trail crosses an area of cultural and environmental significance. Please do not use unmarked tracks through the dunes. Your respect is appreciated.
The Pakihi is OPEN with the following cautions.
The top half of the track (Motu Road to the hut) is hard and packed down. There are a few places with rock debris but largely it is in great condition. At 17 Feb there were no windfalls that you could not ride under or past.
On the lower half (hut-Pakihi road) there are several places where you must walk, regardless of your skill level. This includes Boulders, at the 16km mark, where you need to walk a short bit in the river bed.
The Pakihi gets rock debris on the track after heavy rain and also in the very dry periods like at present.
On the lower track, there are a number of short sections, totaling maybe a kilometre of track, where most people will walk at least some spots. Mostly these are from 12km-17km.
Ride within your skills. If in any doubt, walk a section. Approach the track with the mindset: walking some bits is part of the Pakihi Track experience. It is an adventure not a bike park.
If you walk over a slip, always carry the bike on the outside of the track.
Much of the track was scrub barred early February.
Do NOT rush your Pakihi ride, the track is one to treat with respect and care. It's an incredible track, but it is uncompromising of error.
Especially if riding alone, a personal locator beacon (PLB) is highly recommended.
We love it when people help us by removing rocks or windfalls from the track!
If you come across a significant new slip, please report it to us with a description, location, and your contact details. Thank you.
Motu Road is in good condition.
For driving, the Motu Road is always advised as 4WD vehicles only. When wet, a 2WD will struggle.
If doing a drop-off — take a shuttle if you can.
When riding, remember the Motu Road does have the occasional vehicle, so take care at all times. Most importantly, going downhill, stay left on blind corners. Share the road with care.
Rere Falls Trail is all in good condition. If riding from/to Matawai, take care on the 7km of SH2. If riding Rakauroa rd, be aware there is a quarry near the SH2 end so you may see a couple of heavy trucks.
Burma and Maraetotara roads are in good condition.
Rawhiti mountain bike park near Ohope has been permanently closed. Onepu Mountain Bike Park between Whakatane and Kawerau is recommended.
Te Waiti Track is about 90% rideable. You need to dismount a lot to pass short obstacles, but there is no prolonged bike carrying. There are a few windfalls but only one large trunk is 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 98% of the first 4km, but it is very overgrown.
Taheke Road (Block Access Rd) which accesses Whakaumu Track is in good condition. Take care for cars or forestry traffic.
Otipi Road — is fine for skilled/prepared riders with suitable cycles or motorbikes, but access to the Motu River by car is not possible. You could get a quad bike the full distance, but so far as we are aware, cars have only got to a point about 2km from the river.
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.