Tairawhiti / Gisborne

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At a glance  WEKA Jim 175121

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

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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.


Tairawhiti/Gisborne coast is spectacular. From Gisborne, 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.

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Pretty ride riverside

Overlooking the marina at the river mouth

Past the marina

James Cook statue

James Cook statue

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Matokitoki loop is a diverse and pretty 18km, with sealed roads, a solid gravel road climb and a short, steep descent on a farm track.

From town, ride Stafford St onto Riverside Rd, which is hilly but sealed. Turn left onto gravelled Cave Rd, which climbs to a gate. Go through this and keep climbing on the 4wd track, then drop steeply to Matokitoki Valley Rd. The seal resumes. As you get back to town, turn left onto Valley Rd, Barkers Hill, then Ballance St, then turn left onto Russell St, back to Stafford St. An out-and-back option is to carry on up Riverside Rd instead of turning onto Cave Rd.

Matokitoki loop

Matokitoki loop


Rere Falls Trail offers short-ride options, including from/to Eastwoodhill Arboretum, where you can stay overnight.

Rere Falls Trail

Rere Falls Trail


Lavenham Loop is a flat ride on sealed roads. If you're visiting Gisborne and wanting to stay on-road, it's a convenient option for a spin. Note there is a short section riding on SH2.

Lavenham loop is a flat sealed-road ride

Lavenham loop is a flat sealed-road ride


Whataupoko Park and Mander Road MTB Park offer riding for a range of mountain bike levels. Whataupoko is very handy to Gisborne town, and has some great new trails. Check here for more.

Whataupoko Park

Whataupoko Park

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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.
Download the Gisborne brochure for a map of the above rides.



Portside Hotel, Gisborne

Eastwoodhill Arboretum (meals on arrangement)

Te Wera Homestead


Dining, food, other services

PAK'nSAVE Gisborne

Elliott Travel



Tairawhiti/Gisborne rides, RV Travel Lifestyle magazine


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