From Matawai your ride begins with a gentle and relatively flat 14 km ride on a sealed road to the tiny settlement of Motu where there is a shelter and toilets, the Motu Community House and The Weka Nest for accommodation and Motu-Vation Café for refreshments. Here you can make a short 5 km detour to visit the beautiful Motu Falls for a swim and a picnic or Whinray Scenic Reserve for a 12 km return bushwalk.
Back on your bike, there is a steep 3 km climb just beyond Motu, but the breath-taking views you’ll enjoy from the top make it all worth it! From here, the trail follows the contours of the ridgeline, where you’ll enjoy lots of freewheeling. On the way you will come across Toatoa Farmstay. Then it’s mostly downhill en route to the coast where the Motu Trail connects with the Dunes Trail to take you into Opotiki.
Motu Community House: Self-catering accom. (up to 9 people) on Motu Trails. 18 Motu Falls Rd.
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Note! Avid mountain bikers seeking a more challenging ride to Opotiki can divert off the Motu Road Trail 17 kms from Motu on to the more advanced Pakihi Track. This junction is well signposted with a toilet and small shelter facility.