December 6, 2015
There are four good rides in the Motu Trails - the Dunes Trail, Motu Road, Pakihi Track and the Motu Loop...
The Dunes Trail is a wonderful ride for all the family along the Pacific coast close to the beach. The track is well surfaced all the way - you won't get bogged in soft sand and it's nice and curvy with small and easy undulations.
The Motu Road is a gravel road in remote back country with some really nice down hill riding. The gradient is well controlled - you won't strain your brake finger! And riding up it is a great training run.
The Pakihi Track is legendary! It's an incredible combination of wild, remote, steep, forested wilderness and a benched track that almost follows the contours round the hillsides but gradually descends so that you'll be free wheeling for most of the way. At any rate, that describes 20km of the total 40km. The other half is not actually the Pakihi track but roads from the bottom of the forest back to Opotiki. Some of the commercial operators will take you to the top of the track and pick you up at the bottom so you don't have to ride along the flat roads to Opotiki.
The Motu Loop is the best way to sample all three trails. You start in Opotiki, ride out along the Dunes Trail, up the Motu Road, to the start of the Pakihi Track, then return down the Pakihi. That's close to 100km. To split it over two days stay at the Toatoa Farm Stay.