Pakihi Track

4.75 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 m
↓ 2,600 m
elevation (m)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is the most challenging of the Motu Trails and it's isolated and rugged - a one day wilderness adventure. Twenty three kilometers of the trail is singletrack. It crosses 24 bridges and one of them is a 30 metre long swingbridge. The last 21 kms take you along roads to Opotiki on the coast.

The trail is an alternative to the Motu Road Trail or can be combined with it to form a loop.
added by Jim CummingsWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (3 total check-ins)
  Copops   on Mar 30, 2018
  Copops   on Mar 30, 2018
  Kevin Coleborn   on Feb 27, 2017
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Reviews (4)


March 31, 2018
Copops Gramcounter  
Review: Lovely down hill ride, easy cruise rather than steep hard out down hill. Lots of tree cover, leaves and rocks on the first half of the track. Lower half of the track is along the river bank, some drop offs and one tricky section requiring clambering over a rockfall. Allow a couple of hours for a cruise ride

World Champ

December 6, 2015
Review: It's officially a grade 4 (advanced) trail because of the steep side exposure in some parts but many grade 3 riders (intermediate) ride it, walking the scary parts.

World Champ

December 6, 2015
Review: The Pakihi Track deserves its legenday reputation. It's a remote back-country icon. The remarkable thing about it that it's not difficult despite traversing such a steep, rugged wilderness.

Similar Trail: The Timber Trail

January 10, 2015
Review: Unique remote wilderness down hill only single track. Not a technical ride or physically changeling, however caution is required in several areas. Most people shuttle from Bushaven, this gives you a 40km ride with over half of that being down-hill, rest is easy!

Similar Trail: None I know of.

Pakihi Track MTB Trail 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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