You're at the website of Motu Trails, one of the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail. Our trails are in the eastern Bay of Plenty/Eastland region of New Zealand, journeying beside spectacular beaches, through mighty forests, and over fertile plains. Along the way you can discover some of the rich history, both Maori and early settler.
Many options to choose from
The Motu Trails offers you: Dunes Trail (easy/grade 2), Motu Road Trail (intermediate/grade 3), and Pakihi Track (advanced/grade 4). The Motu Road Trail links with Rere Falls Trail, an on-road Heartland Ride to Gisborne.
Whether you are wanting an easy bike ride or walk with family or friends, a back-country mountainbike or trail run, or a multi-day bike-packing journey between Whakatane, Opotiki and Tairawhiti/Gisborne, you will find it here. The trails can be used year-round.
Scroll down for key information. Or go straight to the Trail Guides for Motu Trails and other local rides. Ride, run, walk, relax ... be set free!
In the Trail Guides you'll find all sections of Motu Trails, plus linking and nearby trails. Each guide includes a map and information, plus links to Motu Trails official partners, offering accommodation, food, shuttle, guiding and other services.
Printed brochure & map
We can mail this free to any postal address in New Zealand; or overseas for the cost of postage. The brochure is a large fold-out, which makes the map easier to navigate. Please contact us with your address.
You can also get the brochure free from local iSITE visitor centres, and many other locations across the region.
Accommodation, food, shuttles & more
You'll find a full list of the Motu Trails official partners in the A-Z. Please choose Motu Trails official partner providers. These businesses understand the needs of trail users so you get the best. Plus their membership helps us to run the trails.
Shuttle transport and other trips run on demand, not to a schedule. If you're alone or in a small group, one option is to join an existing trip booking. Check the Bookings Calendar.
Current trail conditions
Latest trail conditions and any alerts are on this page. Please note, on the Pakihi Track, always be prepared for unreported windfalls and slips.
For current and forecast weather, this rainfall and river level reader is on the Pakihi river. It gives a very good idea of current weather across the Motu Trails, much more localised than national weather services.
The Met Service offers a range of forecasting and monitoring services.
Support Motu Trails
Motu Trails Charitable Trust is the hub of the trails. Please support us! You can easily make a donation. Visit Givealittle and search Motu Trails. Or make a donation directly into our bank account 06-0637-0259896-00. Or contact us.
At Motu Trails Charitable Trust, most of us are keen cyclists, we're also a mix of business people and community advocates. Read about us, and the organisations and individuals who support us.
Please do our trail survey
After your ride, run or walk, you can really help us by completing a survey. Please do this! Visit www.Getsmartglobal.com/nzcycletrails and click on Motu Trails.
Certify your ride!
Your ride is an achievement, so get a Motu Trails certificate! A printed certificate is available for free from all Motu Trails official partner accommodation and service providers. Or contact us to arrange sending (postage cost may apply).
Safe & Sure
On the Dunes Trail, you're never far from support if you need it, so relax, ride with care and remember it's a two-way trail. A simple toolkit is a good idea. There is some mobile phone coverage.
On the Motu Road Trail and Pakihi Track, you are in remote terrain, up to 800m altitude, with no mobile phone coverage. Check the latest trail conditions. Carry warm clothing, food, simple toolkit and medical kit.
On the Pakihi Track, we recommend you take a personal locator beacon (PLB), available for hire from Opotiki iSITE and Gisborne iSITE. You can hire a PLB in Opotiki and return it in Gisborne, or vice-versa. Contact Gisborne iSITE on 06 867 2000 or Opotiki iSITE on 07 315 3031.
If you're wondering what else to pack for the Pakihi, check this article, 10 things to take when riding the Pakihi Track — and why.
It's always good to be prepared, so here are emergency details:
- Emergency Services anywhere in New Zealand: call 111.
Opotiki Community Health Centre is at King Street, open 24/7. Call 07 315 8500.
- Opotiki's Church St Surgery is at 94 Church St. Call 07 315 6307. Open normal hours, plus the surgery is open with no appointment needed 10.30am-11.30am on weekends and public holidays.
- Whakatane hospital is at the corner of Garaway and Stewart streets. Call 07 306 0999.
- Gisborne hospital is at 421 Ormond Rd. Call 06 869 0500.
This link gives Nearest defibrulator locations.
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