Motu Trails


Naturally great rides

Eastern Bay of Plenty/Eastland

Naturally great rides

You’ll discover sensational cycling, walking and running trails in the Whakatane-Eastland region. Whether you enjoy adventure or a relaxed cruise, there are trails for you.

Motu Trails is one of 22 Great Rides on The New Zealand Cycle Trail. It stretches from Opotiki to Matawai, on the road to Gisborne, and includes the Dunes Trail, Motu Road Trail and Pakihi Track. Beyond Matawai, Rere Falls Trail is an on-road ride to Gisborne, featuring Rere Falls and Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

The Dunes Trail heads up the coast from Opotiki. Ride or walk anywhere from 3km to 9km out, then return. The wide, gravel trail has stunning views of ocean and East Cape, with easy beach access. Guided trips and bike hire are available.

As well as being in easy reach of Motu Trails, Whakatane and Ohope offer great easy riding, including Burma Road loop and Whakatane Riverside Trail. The Riverside Trail takes you alongside 4.5km of the Whakatane river, from the highway bridge at the entrance to town, all the way to the coast. You pass by natural estuary, busy wharves, play areas and sculptures.

Burma Road loop starts at Maraetotara in Ohope. You climb about 100 vertical metres, but not steeply. Most of the way, you’re either on historic gravel road that’s free of vehicles or on separated roadside cycle path. The lush forest here is home to wild kiwi.

For cycling on sealed roads, try Ohope’s Harbour Road and Ocean Road. These are almost all flat and by riding about 15km, you get to see outstanding panoramas of Ohiwa harbor and the Pacific Ocean.

Visit Whakatane, Opotiki or Gisborne iSITEs for trail brochures. Or have brochures mailed free anywhere in New Zealand by emailing or messaging the Motu Trails Cycleway Facebook page.

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