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Nature @ its best

Pakihi Track


Our shuttle service, departing from TeWaiti bridge, we believe, offers the best departure / return point available!  


Ride back to your own vehicle in your own time, no need for shuttle pick-up at the end of the ride.

No tar seal

Currently, our Meremere hill drop-off point is recommended as there are logging trucks working out of the Motu end.



Meremere hill summit drop-off = 1.25hr shuttle

Pickup from TeWaiti bridge

1-3 =   $340

4-7 =   $85 per person   

8-11  =  $75 per person  (as a group payment/booking)

44km back to TeWaiti bridge, about 20km of downhill.

Just one climb of any significance, 30 minutes into the ride is Papamoa hill, 250 MTRS over 3.5km of mild to moderate grade, once you are at the top you are either downhill or easy the whole rest of the way!

Top of Motu Hill Drop-off  = 1.75 to 2hrs

Pickup from TeWaiti bridge

1-3  =  $480

4-7 =  $120 per person      

8-11 = $110per person  (as a group/payment booking)


36km back to TeWaiti bridge with over 20km of downhill     



  • Level: Officially Advanced -should be graded intermediate with caution, every mountain bike club confirms this.

  • Not a technical ride but caution is required in the second section of the single track due to several drop-off. 

  • Low fitness level required for Motu hill drop-off point.


The Pakihi Track is the jewel in the Motu Trail's crown. Only a low to moderate fitness level is required (*Motu Hill drop off only) but you should have a reasonable skill level. 

This is a one-way down hill only track (for mountain-bikers).

Our drop off point at the top of Motu Hill takes out all the hard work,

it's all downhill or very easy going from here. If your taking our shuttle from TeWaiti bridge, you won't ride one inch of tar seal or have the extra pressure and cost of getting back for a shuttle pick-up.  Just ride back to your vehicle at your own pace, fast or slow!  

This is a unique ride through remote pristine native bush, most often reserved only for the fit and hardy!




The Motu Trails Pakihi Track is rich in history. Soon after the Motu Coach Road was opened in 1914, the Pakihi Stock track was built.  It extended from Whitikau down to the Pakihi Stream as a means to shift stock to Opotiki.  It is said that this track, took more dynamite per meter, than any other track in New Zealand, when it was pushed through this very remote wilderness!


Our top of Motu Hill drop off point, gives you 9km of easy ride (8km is downhill) through beautiful bush and farm land on the Motu Road Trail, before the entrance to the Pakihi Track, which now boasts 25 bridges, including one 35-meter swingbridge.  


The first 12.5km is mostly all downhill to the Pakihi Hut, the only real pedalling involved is at bridges. The hut's a great place to stop for a rest / lunch and maybe take a swim.  The second bridge past the hut is the 35 meter swing bridge that crosses the Pakihi stream (all other bridges span mostly sub-streams).  From here the valley starts to close up and becomes more of a challenge until you reach the Pakihi Road some 9km down stream.  Here you have toilets and good swimming and maybe the chance to meet an interesting local while you take another break.


The next 7.5km takes you down stream via the Pakihi Road to Te Waiti bridge


Only moderate fitness is required, but the track’s numerous steep drop-offs makes a cautious approach advisable. Please, if you don't feel comfortable, get off and walk that section, as it's better to be safe than sorry!


By the time you get back, you will have enjoyed a wilderness ride with few equals, with over half of it (Motu Hill drop off) being down hill!

If you haven't had enough, why not ride the Te Waiti track which starts from TeWaiti bridge.


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