Whakatane / Ohope
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- Grade: range of easy/grade 1 to intermediate/grade 3
- Onepu mountain bike park
- Distance: range of rides 5-45km.
If you're looking for options beyond Motu Trails, the Whakatane and Ohope area has a good mix of easy to moderate riding.
On the Map: A Whakatane Holiday Park; B Driftsand Boutique Accommodation; C Ohope Beach TOP 10; D Mighty Motu Bike Tours & KG Kayaks; E Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park.
Whakatane Riverside Trail, including Warren Cole Walk & Cycleway runs alongside the Whakatane river from the highway bridge to the Whakatane river heads. It's a bit over 4km each way, completely flat, and fully paved.
Along the way you get views over saltmarsh, the Whakatane marina and wharf, various artworks, and out to Moutohora (Whale Island). This is a great trail for easy riding, walking or running. It's close to Whakatane town centre and passes right by the iSITE, where there are toilets.
The best place to start is near the river heads, where there's ample parking and toilets.
Ohope Harbourside Trail is a new trail and a great way to see the upper reaches of Ohiwa Harbour. The trail is routed near the harbour edge and is about 3km long. One end is at Ohope Wharf, a good starting point, with ample parking and toilets. To extend the distance, loop in Ohope's Harbour Road and Ocean Road.
Burma Road / Maraetotara Road is the original connection between Ohope and Whakatane. It climbs to 100 metres elevation but not steeply.
From Maraetotara Reserve, ride the mostly-gravel Maraetotara Road, then gravel Burma Road, taking you back to the main Ohope-Whakatane road. From there, you can ride roadside cycle path either back to Ohope, or on to Whakatane.
A good add-on is to ride up to Otarawairere Road, up to Kapu Te Rangi pa site, which offers stunning panoramas. It's mostly gravel road, climbing to about 150 metres elevation.
The eastern end of Burma Road is more challenging than the Ohope end. It crosses farmland, with a steep climb. The riding is 4WD farm track, muddy after rain, packed hard in summer. It comes down onto the main road east of Ohope. The eastern end of Burma road is closed during lambing.
Onepu Mountain Bike Park (not shown on map) offers a great range of easy-intermediate grade riding. It's a great spot for families and is just 25 minutes drive from Whakatane.
Note that Rawhiti mountain bike park in the hills behind Ohope is no longer open.
Stanley road is a hilly 19km ride with 12km of gravel. It includes Stanley Falls Scenic Reserve. This road is best ridden on the weekend as there may be forestry traffic during the week.
You can complete a great loop from Whakatane, by riding SH2 to Taneatua and beyond, then up Stanley road, down McCoy road, Wainui road to Ohope, then Maraetotara/Burma road back to Whakatane. Take care on SH2 and Wainui road. This is a super loop for gravel road riders.
You have great options with the following Motu Trails official partner businesses.