Dunes Trail — Motu Rd Trail — Pakihi Track — Motu Trails Loop (1-3 days, 11-91km)
With three trails to choose from (or the option of combining them all) the Motu Trails offer a range of cycling itineraries depending on your age, fitness level and riding ability.
You can ride for a few hours or a few days, with trails ranging from an easy ride along the coast through to an advanced mountain bike ride deep in the bush.
The Dunes Trail is an easy gravel path running parallel with the coastline of the Bay of Plenty for 11km. It’s ideal for all riders and there is a shop next to the Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp selling ice creams and drinks – just the ticket for a beautiful summer’s day!
The Motu Road Trail goes from the end of the Dunes Trail to the rustic settlement of Matawai, 67km away. It follows a quiet country road past scenic farmland and through forested conservation reserves, with just the right amount of hills to suit those keen to build up their fitness.
The Pakihi Track is the third trail in the Motu trilogy, and although it is mostly downhill it includes Grade 4 (Advanced) mountain biking on a narrow trail through remote native forest.
The 91km Motu Trails Loop offers you a taste of all three of the Motu Trails, starting and ending your ride in Opotiki.
On the border of the Bay of Plenty and Eastland, Opotiki sits where the Waioeka and Otara rivers meet. The town is a delightful holiday spot thanks to its coastal location and temperate climate.
With a driftwood-lined coast and an enchanting atmosphere, Opotiki offers up a pristine ocean playground. The beaches here are long and unspoiled and only speckled with visitors during summer, and the rivers are well stocked with fish.
Watersports abound here – choose from kayaking, scuba diving, surfing and swimming.
At Motu check out the new Motu-vation Cafe. And take a 5km detour to visit the beautiful Motu Falls on the wild Motu River. View the falls from a high swing bridge, and walk on into Whinray Reserve. Birdlife is plentiful here, including Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Fantails and North Island Weka.