RIDE MOTU – NZ Cycle Journal’s great new cover story


Stellar reading in the latest issue of NZ Cycling Journal for anyone who wants to explore the Motu Trails Cycleway, and beyond.

Hot off the press, the cover story for Volume 8 of the magazine describes a three-day bike-packing trip from Whakatane to Opotiki, and on to Motu Road and Rere Falls Trail.

Liam Friary’s words are accompanied by Cameron MacKenzie’s stunning photography.

As Liam writes, It’s time to start hunting out gorgeous backcountry and tiny communities, which are, more often than not, tucked away in the nooks and crannies of our stunning country. Trust me, the map research is worth it. You stumble across places like Motu, which is a tiny dot on the map between Gisborne and Opotiki.

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Exploring the Motu Road (Photo: Cam Mackenzie / NZ Cycling Journal)

Roadside traffic on the Motu Road (Photo: Cam Mackenzie / NZ Cycling Journal)

The Motu Road winds through Bay pf Plenty hinterland (Photo: Cam Mackenzie / NZ Cycling Journal)

Rolling along Pacific Coast sand dunes, and into remote valleys and forest, the diverse trails Motu Trails explore a quiet corner of the Bay of Plenty.

This Great Ride boasts over 120km of cycle trail including family-friendly, oceanside cycling on the Dunes Trail; gravel riding through remote Bay of Plenty hinterland on the Motu Road; and sweet singletrack shenanigans through enchanting forest on the legendary Pakihi Track.

The Motu Trail’s website has all you need to plan a half-day cruise to a multi-day adventure.