Opotiki Backpackers
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138 St John Street Opotiki
Bay of Plenty 3122
New Zealand


June to August
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Pakihi Track

  44 km
  4-6 hours
 Grade 4 Advanced
 Bike hire from $65 pp  Shuttle service from $50pp  Minimum 6 people for Shuttle

Start Point : The Boundary is our shuttle drop-off point. There is an 8km ride from here to the beginning of the Pakihi track.

Optional drop off points : For a longer ride, ask to be dropped off at Matawai or the Motu Village. Matawai – 75km , Motu Village – 61km, The Boundary – 52km

What to expect on the trail

8km shared gravel road to the Pakihi Track. An 11km downhill descent to the Pakihi Hut. Stop here for lunch, sign the book, fill your water bottles. Water is tank/filtered/tap. The Pakihi swing bridge is 1km after the Pakihi Hut and your ride from here is flat. From the end of the track, you have a 24 km ride back into town. 10km on a gravel road and 14km on a sealed road.

The advanced grading on this track is to bring awareness to the drop-offs otherwise this would be a Grade 2-3 ride. Expect small rockfall and windfall on this track. There are 25 bridges and they are numbered 1-25.

Alternatively look for the signs at the end of the straight (Terere Pa Road) if you would like to take in the Otara Stopbank Trail. 3.5km back to the Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku Bridge (Memorial Reserve).

No cellphone range and take all-weather gear.

Toilets: Matawai, Motu Village, Pakihi Track start and finish

The Pakihi Track is ONE WAY from the Motu Road Trail.