In the Bay of Plenty, the Motu Trails are three distinct routes traversing coastal and remote inland country.
Photo: Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail
Located in the blissfully beachy eastern Bay of Plenty, the Motu Trails are three distinct routes traversing the coast and penetrating deep into remote back-country.
They can be ridden as day rides or combined for a fairly hard-core two-day loop overnighting in rural accommodation.
The hub of the trails is the small coastal town of Opotiki, starting point for the Dunes Trail offering an irresistible blend of freewheeling and beach time.
Fitter cyclists can venture along the peaceful, hilly Motu Road that runs from the ocean to the rugged hinterland.
The real mountain biking magic, however, is found on the Pakihi Track – a legendary 44km journey along a century-old byway twisting and turning through native forest.
Its remoteness, occasional narrows and steep drop-offs make it suitable only for advanced mountain bikers…some of us are so lucky!