Nothing better than heading away on a Cycling Retreat with clients keen to explore a different part of New Zealand. This one was going to be extra special for two reasons
1. I had never guided or ridden in this part of country
2. We were being joined by the local Cycle Coach Richard braving the company of 10 women!!
The Motu Trails consist of forgotten stunning gravel roads that meander through the hills behind Opotiki. For the brave the famous Pakihi Track, a narrow trail that drops down along the ridge lines to the valley floor below, where you follow the river back out to civilization. This trail offers no room for mistakes otherwise you will end up flying DOWN a long way. Not a good option when riding a bike.
This place is the perfect haven for getting on ones bike and going for an explore. Our goal for the weekend was to explore the community of Motu and then make our way back to Opotiki.
An introduction to Bike Packing being the main theme of the weekend made us all pack small. It was great to see everyone embrace this concept and come with limited gear with the I CAN ATTITUDE.
New Zealand with its very changeable weather can be challenging at times but we came out conquerors as we battled through rain, strong winds and sunshine.
I expect this weekend will stay a favourite of mine for a long time. It was made very special by being immersed into the Community of Motu. Meeting the locals, having cups of tea and finding out first hand about the history of the place was fantastic. They have made this place a destination to visit and stay. If you just drive by you will probably blink. Get on the bike of yours and come and say hi to the locals instead.
WHAKATANE CYCLE COACH – RICHARD HAMMER
MOTU TRAILS INFORMATION
Highly Recommend the Following Services
Accommodation – Motu Community House (Jane)
Food – Motu-vation Cafe (Karen)
Shuttles – Motu Trails Ltd (Ngaio)
CYCLE COACH – JANET STARK
For more information on Cycle Retreats, Coaching and Cycle Education please contact Janet direct on 027 404 3987 or [email protected]