Grand opening of Motu Trails planned
Motu Trails, the fourth Great Ride due to be completed under Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail will be officially opened at Memorial Park Reserve, Opotiki on Sunday 11MAR.
The Motu Trails consist of four cycle networks, boasting views of the Pacific and the greater Eastern Bay of Plenty, plus bush-clad country with plenty of native birdlife and the scenic Pakihi Stream with 22 bridges including a 36m swing-bridge.
The largely intermediate level trail is tipped to become a major attraction for visitors to the East Cape. New Zealand Cycle Trail Programme Manager John Dunn, rode the trail recently with
Governance Group members. “The Dunes Trail is an ideal ride for all ages and abilities - the surface is great. The views of the Pacific Ocean are just spectacular,” Mr Dunn says.
“The Pakihi Track is a true mountain biking trail, suited for more advanced riders who can navigate the 20km downhill track that follows the Pakihi Stream. Even though the lower half of the track is currently under construction, I would rate it as one of the best downhill rides in the North Island,” Mr Dunn says.