Current Trail Conditions
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Motu Trails — current trail conditions
UPDATED 21 October 2021
> DUNES TRAIL ALERT, SEE BELOW
> PAKIHI TRACK ALERT, SEE BELOW
> MOTU ROAD OPEN, SEE BELOW
> RERE FALLS TRAIL OPEN, SEE BELOW
DUNES TRAIL ALERT >
Dunes Trail is open but the Tirohanga beach section has a short section of washed out trail. You may need to walk a short section.
At the 800m point of the trail, you cross Snell road, which currently has a lot of trucks doing work in preparation for the new Opotiki harbour development. You need to follow any controls.
The Dunes Trail gets wind blown sand at times. Take care if riding through any sand.
The trail traverses an area of cultural and environmental significance. Please do not use unmarked tracks through the dunes. Your respect is appreciated.
PAKIHI TRACK ALERT >
After getting a number of slips etc in a flood 18 October, the track has mostly been cleared. There are however 3km below the hut yet to be cleared, this section has a number of small slips you need to walk over.
There is a windfall just below the hut where you must lift the bike about 75cm high and over the windfall. The track at this point is narrow so you need to be steady on your feet while lifting the bike.
We will clear the remaining 3km as soon as possible, probably 23/24 October.
Most of the track remains in good condition.
Note that the lower half has sections that get rock debris almost continually, so you WILL get places with rock and gravel debris on the track. We do our best to remove it quickly.
Please! We don't want accidents! Pakihi is an advanced-grade track because it has a lot of drop-offs and is very dynamic terrain. Pakihi is not a track for inexperienced riders. Pakihi is not a track for racing down. 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 utmost respect and it’s a wonderful experience. But that respect factor is essential to stay safe.
Track conditions on Pakihi change dramatically as soon as there is bad weather.
MOTU ROAD >
Motu Road is in good condition.
For driving, the Motu Road is always advised as 4WD vehicles only. When wet, a 2WD will struggle. Take a shuttle if you can.
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.
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.
Rere Falls Trail is in good condition, remembering of course, it has 27km of gravel backcountry road.
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 mount of traffic at times.
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 is permanently CLOSED. Onepu Mountain Bike Park between Whakatane and Kawerau is recommended.
Whataupoko Reserve / Fox Street MTB area offers awesome riding. Check the Gisborne MTB club Facebook for latest park status.
Te Waiti Track is about 80% rideable. It is in rough condition. You need to dismount a lot to pass short obstacles. There is one large windfall trunk that 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 80% 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.
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. Remembering, 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. Proper 4WD vehicles can usually get 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.