Photo copyright: Bryan Heath on flickr.com

Rere Falls Trail

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Matawai — Gisborne (1-3 days, 103km)

Rolling hills and sealed roads make the Rere Falls Trail a comfortable ride for those who want to experience the treasures of one of New Zealand’s most remote regions.

Meandering along quiet country roads the trail takes you alongside lush hill country farms through to the wineries and maize fields of the fertile Poverty Bay flats.

The Rere Falls Trail stretches from rural Matawai to the long white beaches of Gisborne. The trail joins the Motu Trails to provide the ideal cycle link between Gisborne and Bay of Plenty.

Be Prepared

There are limited services on the trail, so you are advised to carry sufficient water and food for the duration of your ride. Always pack warm and weatherproof clothing as weather conditions can be predictable in the inland parts of the ride. You will be riding between mountainous conditions and a warm coastal breeze.

There is limited mobile phone coverage, toilets and drinking water available.

Accommodation is limited and it is recommended that you arrange your overnight stays prior to departure.

Cycling past Eastwoodhills Arboretum
Cycling past Eastwoodhills Arboretum

Weather Info

The Gisborne district has warm summers and mild winters which means the Rere Falls trail can be ridden all-year round.

Gisborne is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with average yearly sunshine of around 2200 hours.

The region's annual rainfall varies from about 1000mm near the coast to over 2500mm in the higher inland country. Temperatures of 38°C have been recorded and an average 65 days a year have a maximum of over 24°C.

Weather conditions inland can be changeable and are generally colder in the winter than the weather conditions at the coast.

Please be sure to check weather conditions before you depart.


Top photo © Bryan Heath on flickr.com, licensed under Creative Commons

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