Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Bay of Plenty trail reopens ahead of summer peak season

Bay of Plenty trail reopens ahead of summer peak season
November 22, 2019

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has announced that the Pakihi Track, which travels 20 killometres through thick forest, south of Ōpōtiki in the eastern Bay of Plenty, has reopened in time for the summer season. The historic track is part of the Motu Trails National Cycleway.

Track repairs have taken place at a number of slips and washouts, as well as general track maintenance.

DOC Operations Manager Jade Kinghazel is proud of her team’s work commenting that “we’re rapt to have the Pakihi open again. A whole lot of people have been keenly waiting for this.

"While there’s been a lot of work on the track, it’s crucial to know the Pakihi is an advanced track for experienced riders. The track itself is evenly graded but the surrounding hills are very steep. Slips and windfalls are common, and in many places there are drop-offs beside the track.

"Pakihi is a track to ride with real care on a bike that allows you to comfortably handle an uneven and rocky trail. Treat it with respect and it’s a fabulous experience.”

Kinghazel  advised that walkers and runners are welcome on the Pakihi Track, so less confident cyclists have the option of going on foot.

“There’s also a DOC hut at halfway which makes a great lunch or overnight stop.”

Many cyclists tackle the Pakihi by riding a 90 km loop from Ōpōtiki. Others take a shuttle van from Gisborne and start riding from high on the Motu Road back towards Ōpōtiki.

As the sport of bike-packing continues to grow in popularity, an increasing number of riders are including the Pakihi as part of a far longer journey, such as from Gisborne to Matawai on Rere Falls Trail. 

Motu Trails is one of 22 Great Rides on Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.

For more information about Pakihi Track go to www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/east-coast/places/opotiki-area/things-to-do/pakihi-track/

Image of Pakihi Track. Credit: Neil Robert Hutton

Related Articles

23rd September 2019 - NSW councils collaborate to develop new experience trails

11th September 2019 - Orange City Council welcomes Mountain bike trails proposal

18th July 2019 - Kauri dieback fears sees closure of Bay of Islands walking trails

2nd April 2019 - Conference explores development of sustainable trails

19th March 2019 - Community consultations begin on the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan

4th February 2019 - Otium Planning Group announces the release of a Regional Multi-Use Trails Strategy

16th October 2018 - Work commences on new Tasmanian bike trails

28th March 2018 - New boardwalk expands Tallebudgera nature trails

8th March 2018 - Latest stages of Adelaide’s City Dirt Trails complete

5th June 2017 - Volunteers hit the trails in Dunedin

17th May 2017 - New Trails website launched in South Australia

12th May 2017 - Department of Conservation to raise charges for overseas visitors walking New Zealand’s trails

12th April 2016 - Megan Gale promotes the New Zealand Cycle Trail in new campaign

18th August 2015 - Nelson’s mountain bike trails get global recognition

29th July 2015 - New Zealand Cycle Trail gets further backing for six new projects

5th February 2014 - Cycle trails making positive impact on the New Zealand economy

7th May 2010 - NZ Cycle Trail gives $3.4 million to Waikato River Trail

8th January 2010 - Canterbury submits proposal for National Cycle Trail


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

The Pool Enclosure Company

Welcome to The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC). We provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Tim Batt Water Solutions

Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation / Technology / Venues

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Ecoline

Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism

 
 

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business