The Motu Trails start at Matawai and finish in Opotiki. The trails take in the Old Motu Coach Road and the Pakihi Track. There are views of the Pacific Ocean, Motuhoura, Whakaari and of bush clad peaks, river valleys and waterfalls.
Scheduled for opening in October/November 2011, the trails will include a full 2 day ride, as well as day rides and multi-day options, for all levels of cyclists.
Commencing in Matawai the Cycleway has two options; skilled cyclists can descend down the remote and historic Pakihi track while those looking for a more leisurely ride can cruise down the Old Motu Coach Road to connect with a new cycle track through the sand hills, along the beach and into town. This is a new way to cruise the coast. Either option will bring the happy cyclists face to face with superb natural scenery – hill country farms, bush clad hills, mist shrouded valleys and of course rivers and beaches with plenty of opportunities to stop a while, swim and soak in the scenery.
The historic Motu coach route section originally led settlers between the Pacific Coast in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and the fertile plains of the Gisborne district.
The coastal section near Opotiki will be ridable all year round, whilst the upper sections of the Pakihi and the Old Motu Coach Road can be expected to be wet and cold in winter.
The trail starts at Motu, 10km inland from the Matawai Hotel on State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Opotiki. Alternatively riders can start their trip at any stage along the Old Motu Coach Road and at lower sections of the trail, near Opotiki township. Motu is the top of the road so if you are looking to do the whole length of the trail, it will be easier to start at this end.