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Motu Trail Ride


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You are not booked on a trip until you have done all of the following :

1. Contacted the leader and received his / her OK to join the trip

2. Booked in online using the below booking form. Any questions, contact our bookings person on

3. Paid the trip fee into the ATC bank account 02-0100-0024675-000 quoting your name, the trip number and "Weekend"

Friday 05 April 2019

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This trip is now full - contact Murray if you want to be put on the Waiting List

Two days mountain biking the popular Motu Trails.

Friday travel by private/shared car to Opotiki 340km, 5hr travel time via Matamata and Tauranga.

Option 1

Friday and Saturday Accommodation: Opotiki Beach house approx. $40pp / night, max 11 persons

Saturday: Matawai to Opotiki including the Pakihi Track, Grade 3 generally, has some steep drop offs (walk bike if needed) so graded 4.

Shuttle $50 to Matawai (1hr), cycle 75 km (33 km on the road 300m climb, 21 km Pakahi Track mostly downhill, 23km Otara Rd), 800m descent. 6 to 8 hrs. Need to be very bike fit.

Leader: Murray Gifford

Option 1A

Optional shuttle drop off points, Park Boundary $65, cycle 53 km (9 km on the road, 100m climb, 21 km Pakahi Track, 23 km Otara Rd), shorter ride. Less demanding than above.

Sunday: Dunes Trail 20 km, travel home, swim at Ohope.

Option 2

Motu Trails loop 91km over two days, 

Friday Accommodation: TBA

Saturday 40km uphill ride on Motu Rd (Dunes Trail 10 km, 24 km to Toatoa 400m climb)

Saturday Accommodation: In a farm stay, midway.

Sunday down the Pakihi Track (12km uphill 250m climb, 21 km Pakahi Track, 23 km Otara Rd to Opotiki).

Leader: Robin Houston

Option 3

Friday Accommodation: Opotiki Beach house $40pp / night, max 11 persons

Saturday: Drive cars to Opotiki, 34km uphill ride on Motu Rd, dirt road (Dunes Trail 10 km, 24 km to Toatoa, 400m climb)

Saturday Accommodation: In Toatoa farm stay (host Maxine Crowley, max 7/8 persons, double room, two 3-bed shared rooms), approx. midway. Dinner, bed and breakfast + packed lunch $115 pp (option to have overnight gear taken from Opotiki to Toatoa and back next day and a place to park car for weekend in Opotiki)

Sunday: Up to Motu road to the track and down the Pakihi Track (12km uphill 200m climb, 21 km Pakihi Track, 23 km Otara Rd (10km dirt and 14km sealed) to Opotiki). 56km all up, good days ride, need to be bike fit..


Organiser / Leader:    Murray Gifford phone 021 774290 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call Murray to book a spot, indicate an option preference and whether you could provide transport, or need to hire a bike (from $65/day).

Bookings closed on 1 March 2019.

Bikes can be hired from $65/day.

See the Motu Trails website for further information.