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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"

When booking a trip for multiple people, please read this additional guide

Friday 05 April 2019

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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: Motu Trail Backbackers $35pp / night

Saturday: Matawai to Opotiki including the Pakihi Track Grade 4, has some steep drop offs.

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.

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.

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).

Option 3

Friday Accommodation: Backpacker Opotiki

Saturday: Shuttle to Matawai, Ride the Motu Rd to Toatoa farmstay  44km

Saturday Accommodation: Overnight at Toa Toa farmstay (working farm with Dinner Bed breakfast) 1 Double room, 2 rooms with 4 bunks .

Sunday: Complete Motu road and Dune trails 31Km.


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

Call to book a spot, indicate an option preference and whether you could provide transport, or need to hire a bike.

Bookings close on 1 March 2019.

Bikes can be hired from $65/day.

See the Motu Trails website for further information.