Motu Trails (Mountain Biking)

The Motu Trails offer it all. Discover a place where your perfect ride is a journey of freedom and adventure.

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.

The Dunes Trail is an easy gravel path running parallel with the coastline of the Bay of Plenty for 11 kilometres. It's ideal for all riders.

The Motu Road Trail goes from the end of the Dunes Trail to the rustic settlement of Matawai, 67 km away. It follows a quiet country road past scenic farmland, and through forested conservation reserves, with just enough 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. Adrenalin junkies will love it.

The trail will pass through or near a number of communities and there will be many opportunities for individuals, groups and local businesses to be involved, both to support the project and to bring benefits into their community through businesses that cater to the needs of trail users.

If you and your community have a great project that will support the Motu Trails, we’d love to hear from you!

The Motu Trails Charitable Trust is looking out for the environment. Our biggest asset is our natural environment and with support from Project Crimson, Opotiki District Council, Environment Bay of Plenty, Whakatohea Maori Trust Board and the Department of Conservation, we are making a commitment to establish the dunes back to its former glory.

The spectacular Dunes Trail is offering a wonderful opportunity to bring together recreation, environmental restoration and the community, in a planting project with the Project Crimson Trust. The planting day on 8 June will celebrate the region’s cycling heritage and one of its most outstanding landscapes and in the future these plantings will provide view point focus for trail users. We'd love your help with the planting! Please email to register your interest.

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