Current Trail Conditions

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Current Trail conditions

 UPDATED 11 December 2018

 

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> DUNES TRAIL OPEN

> PAKIHI TRACK * CLOSED * see below

> MOTU ROAD OPEN

> RERE FALLS TRAIL OPEN

> OTHER TRAILS, SEE BELOW

 

DUNES TRAIL OPEN >

There will be track work at the eastern end of the Dunes Trail from about 13 Dec. The Dunes Trail remains open however please follow any requests from the work team.

The Dunes 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.

 

PAKIHI TRACK CLOSED >

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11 DECEMBER a slip has been largely cleared from approx 40 metres below the Pakihi Track suspension bridge (broadly, half way down the track). However, the rock bank has been left overhanging and is at risk of collapse. It requires explosives. The track remains closed until next week (potentially around 19 Dec). We will update when we know more.
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The Pakihi Track had a maintenance run near end-November. There are two sections of the track you must walk, including 75 metres in the river bed with some bike carrying. The Pakihi gets rock debris on the track after rain. Ride or walk to your skill level, if in any doubt, walk.

The Pakihi Track is back country. Especially in very wet or very dry months, you may come across fresh windfalls and debris/rock falls. Especially if riding alone, a personal locator beacon (PLB) is highly recommended.

We love it when people help us by removing rocks 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 OPEN >

For driving, the Motu Road is advised as 4WD vehicles only.

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 OPEN >

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.

 

OTHER TRAILS >

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 CLOSED due to logging at top of Taheke Road/Block Access Rd (beyond gate).

Whakaumu has not had maintenance for some time and is in rough condition.

Taheke Road (Block Access Rd) which accesses Whakaumu is in good condition. The road is CLOSED beyond the gate at the top due to harvest beyond the gate. On the lower part of Taheke road exercise extreme caution due to logging vehicles.

Otipi Road — no recent status available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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