The Pakihi Track
- a section of the official Motu Cycle Trails
If its a bit more exertion, challenge, real back country scenery and bush you seek, then the Pakihi track is what will suit you.
Option A Really experienced cyclists leave the Wharf Hub bright and early, take the Dunes trail along the beach, ride up the Motu Road until you reach the Pakihi Track Entrance, then its downhill through bush and alongside the river until you emerge at Pakahi Road and cycle back to The Wharf Hub. The round trip is 91 km.
Option B We can take up to 4 cyclists and bikes up through the Meremere Reserve to ToaToa shelter. Here its just 12km, much uphill, to the start of the downhill 20km Pakihi Track. Because of time, wear and tear, cleaning of our vehicle we have to charge $120 for 2 people min and extra $20 per person after this.
Option C Is to join with the larger Motu Trails cycle hire who are just a block away, and they will transport you via the Waioeka Gorge to a drop of point some 6 km before the signed start of the Pakihi Track. Cost is around $65pp but they need 4+ people to operate.
Option D Walking. Much of the best part of the Pakihi Track lies along the second half of the track. Here it hugs the river, there are many bridges, bush and even swimming holes.
Although promoted as a one way downhill cycle trail, there's an expansive car park and toilets at the end of the Pakihi Road, you leave your car here and walk up the track as far as you want to go. The Pakihi hut is about three hours walk up, two hours return back to your car.