Tairawhiti / Gisborne

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  • Grade: range of easy-moderate riding.
  • Mander Road and Whataupoko mountain bike parks.
  • Distance: range of rides 5-60km.

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To add to your Motu Trails / Rere Falls Trail experience, the Tairawhiti Gisborne area has a good mix of easy and more challenging rides. This page describes several options.

Gisborne foreshore is spectacular. Start on Riverside walkway, which takes you to the ocean. Carry on round to Salisbury road, onto cycle/walk way then Centennial Marine Drive, which becomes gravel and takes you all the way to the mouth of the Waipaoa river.

Matokitoki loop is a diverse and pretty mix, with sealed roads, a solid gravel road climb and a short, steep descent on a farm track.

Below, Matokitoki loop.

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Rere Falls Trail offers short-ride options, including from/to Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

Below, Rere Falls Trail.

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Lavenham Loop is a flat ride on sealed roads. If you're visiting Gisborne with a road bike, it's a convenient option.

Below, Lavenham loop is flat lands riding.

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Whataupoko Park and Mander Road MTB Park offer riding for a range of mountain bike levels. Check here for more.

Below, Manders Road

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Excellent guided and self-guided tours are available with Cycle Gisborne. These tours suit all fitness levels and range from just a few kilometres all the way to multi-day experiences.



Portside Hotel, Gisborne

Eastwoodhill Arboretum (meals on arrangement)


Dining, food, other services

PAK'nSAVE Gisborne

Elliott Travel



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