The Motu Road

Only registered & signed in AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz members can access this page.

Registration is FREE and easy and gets you access to our free Garmin GPS track files, forums, and much more. If you are on a mobile device click here to register. If you are on a desktop use your favorite Social Network to access Adventure Riding NZ by just clicking the relevant social network button in the "Register or login" box in the right hand menu, or, enter your preferred username and your email address in the boxes below and press Register.




Register | Lost your password?

Forums Forums Tracks & GPS North Island tracks map The Motu Road

This topic contains 6 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Hans Claus 2 months, 1 week ago.

Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #2261

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Motu is a tiny settlement approximately 9km east of Matawai which is on SH2 about 10km South of the Gisbourne/Bay Of Plenty boundary and the Motu Road
    [See the full post at: The Motu Road]

    #10958

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Had a pretty good ride down the Motu Road yesterday. I was staying in Opotiki and @jake-maryniak was riding from Hamilton to Gisbourne so we connected up and did a bit of gravel.

    Watch out for stupid mountain bikers on the North end of The Motu, I had one hit me as I was heading uphill around a blind left hander and he was coming downhill on the wrong side of the road, he locked up his brakes and side swiped my leg. His mate about 20 meters behind put himself into the ditch to avoid me.

    At the ‘river crossing’ which was dry again we met Folker Liebenow on his classic BMW, his son had gone past 30 seconds on his similiarly aged italian scooter.

    At the South end of The Motu we had a look at Motu Falls.

    #10965

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    MaruMoko Road just off the South end of The Motu could be worth a look. I’ve just checked it out on Google maps and it could be interesting.

    #18604

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The Motu stream was flowing pretty well last weekend

    Steve's crossing

    Motu Road. The Ford was high today.

    Posted by Motu Trails Ltd on Friday, 23 June 2017

    #18605

    Dave Young
    Participant
    • Location: Coastal Taranaki
    • Bike: KTM 50 SX 2018
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    Oh crap! I’ll be sure not to do any river crossings when the stream is in spate.

    #18707

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The Motu Road is currently listed as closed on the Gisborne District council website due to “the ford crossing on the Opotiki side is damaged and not passable”, presumably due to the water flow shown in the video above.

    SH2 through the Waioweka Gorge is also closed due to a big slip.

    Local road closures in the area including the latest Motu Road updates can be found on the Gisborne District council website at: http://www.gdc.govt.nz/road-information/.

    #18721

    Hans Claus
    Participant
    • Location: Belgrove, Nelson
    • Bike: BMW R1150GS
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Hi all. I came through the Motu last Thursday. Although there is a sign on the Gisborne side that the road is closed there is nothing on the Opotiki side. Strem crossing is straight forward and I realy did wonder what the fuss was all about. Definitely saved me a trip over the East Cape as SH2 was closed. As always check out the weather as we have had a bit of rain lately.

Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.