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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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. 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.

Tairawhiti coast

Tairawhiti coast

 

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.

Matokitoki loop

Matokitoki loop

 

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

Rere Falls Trail

Rere Falls Trail

 

Lavenham Loop is a flat ride on sealed roads. If you're visiting Gisborne, 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. Check here for more.

 

Whataupoko Park

Whataupoko Park

 

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.

 

Accommodation

Portside Hotel, Gisborne

Eastwoodhill Arboretum (meals on arrangement)

Te Wera Homestead

 

Dining, food, other services

PAK'nSAVE Gisborne

Elliott Travel

 

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