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Motu Road, Motu Cafe, Motu community house

I cycled solo the dunes ride from Opotiki which is a stunning start of the Motu Trail then up... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Andrew S
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Cycled the Motu road from Matawai all the way through to the Opotiki coast . On the bike at Matawai... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2018
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

I cycled solo the dunes ride from Opotiki which is a stunning start of the Motu Trail then up Jackson Road and the Motu Road to Motu and then to Motu falls. Motu Road is 70 kms from Opotiki but reasonably challenging , the Road...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Cycled the Motu road from Matawai all the way through to the Opotiki coast . On the bike at Matawai at 8.30am and a 5 hour ride.Beautiful native bush and lovely farmland in places. The first 14 k is on a very quite flat tarseal...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank markc8712
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We had a wonderful adventure Easter weekend 2018. Stayed at Tirohanga Beach campground Thursday night, then biked from there to Motu village along the Motu Road. We stayed in the Motu Community House - which was fantastic!! Many thanks to Shelley for making our stay...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank AntarcticT
Reviewed 25 February 2018

The Toatoa Farmstay is brilliant value for money, with Motu Trail cyclists totally in mind: shuttle gear to the farmstay, dinner, breakfast and a packed lunch for the next day's riding. Not only that, I'm a big eater and the food was plentiful and the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank M C
Reviewed 11 February 2018

An exciting road to travel on, would not like to go through after heavy rain but a must to do, would have loved to have had the time to take a couple of days through here.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank PeterW6963
Reviewed 7 November 2017

A great gravel road to ride a mountain bike. Three larger hills on the 50 kms of gravel, a couple of small streams to ride through on the way up to Motu. Great views of some large steep forested valleys. No cars on the road...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Ross W
Reviewed 17 April 2016

I've had planned to travel the old Motu Road for over twenty years and finally got around to do this with Murray and Lilian on a beautiful summers day. The road is mainly shingle and in places narrow, but well constructed and quite doable in...More

Date of experience: December 2015
5  Thank 8623PaulineS
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Had a great 4WD trip over the Motu Road from Gisborne to Opotiki. Took our time and thorroughly enjoyed the native bush, amazing view from the high lookout points. Truly isolated, beautiful terrain. Road a bit of a goat track but fine in a 4WD....More

Date of experience: January 2016
3  Thank eastcoaster34
Reviewed 13 August 2015

This is truly an amazing set of trails. Well marked and maintained there is something for every level of rider or hiker along these trails.They can be done in part or total taking several days.

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank Tim R
Reviewed 10 August 2015

We have ridden this trail a number of times, don't under estimate the distance! The Pakihi trail is awesome but we noticed that some of the older and younger riders had trouble with "trail etiquette". Great day out, the trails can be ridden for either...More

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank Tony P
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