Rere Falls Trail Adventure Ride


Motu Trails - Moutohora Rail Bridge

Participants in the long-course of Sunday 29 October’s Rere Falls Trail Adventure Ride should perhaps give the Moutohora rail bridge a salute as they pedal by.

The bridge, so long an icon of the Motu valley, was opened with great fanfare 100 years ago this November. It was part of an 8km section of railway line between Matawai and Moutohora (then ‘Motuhora’) station.

The railway stretched back to Gisborne, some 78km, although the Moutohora line was finally closed in 1959. The railway lines were removed and, in many places, the road shifted into its place.

The 105km long-course option of Rere Falls Trail Adventure Ride starts in Motu and takes in Te Wera Road, Rere Rockslide, Rere Falls, Eastwoodhill Arboretum and the plains, finishing at The Jolly Stockman in Matawhero.

Shorter distances will start at Matawai, Wharekopae and Eastwoodhill, all with the same finish point. There will also be a children’s ride in Eastwoodhill.

It’s not a race but rather an opportunity for locals and visitors to have a fun cycle discovery of roads that many haven’t been on before.

Last year, over 100 cyclists of all ages turned out. One of those was former All Blacks captain Ian Kirkpatrick, who plans to be back riding this year’s Adventure.

Shuttle transport is available to help riders get to their start points.

Participants will be encouraged to pause at Rere Rockslide and Rere Falls, and will get to cycle on Eastwoodhill Arboretum trails. The day is designed as a fundraiser for Motu Trails Charitable Trust, further helping to promote the region’s cycle/walking routes and trails.

The event finish at The Jolly Stockman will be decked out with a large finishing banner and gazebos. There will be a boxful of free copies of Licence to Ride Guide and a $500 spot prize to be won.

Rere Falls Trail Adventure Ride is on Sunday 29 October. Get more information and enter at On the day entries will be $35 per person.