Current Trail Conditions
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Current Trail conditions
UPDATED 22 October 2019
The Dunes Trail is in good condition. 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 traverses an area of cultural and environmental significance. Please do not use unmarked tracks through the dunes. Your respect is appreciated.
Pakihi Track will unfortunately remain closed for Labour weekend. DOC advises there has been a washout approximately 200m north of Pakihi Hut and advises crossing it is hazardous. The Pakihi Track therefore remains closed until a solution can be found.
The Department asks that members of the public refrain from using the track until it is safe to do so. Further details as they come to hand.
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.
The coastal side of Meremere hill has had some road re-surfacing, it is rough in places, though rideable. In rain it will get muddy.
Please be aware that logging has resumed from the Whitikau valley, 18km north of Motu village on Motu Road. Log trucks will be taking logs to Gisborne so using Motu Road. This will be an 18-24 month operation and may run 7 days, weather permitting.
Log truck drivers have been asked to slow or stop if they see cyclists approaching from the opposite direction on Motu Road. Please, courtesy on all sides will help avoid problems. Please wave or smile a thank you to drivers for being courteous to you.
The whole 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 in good condition.
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 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 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 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.