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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map The Motu Road

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  • #2261
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
    • Town/City: New Plymouth District
    • Bike: KLX150L, R1200GS
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

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

    #18707
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
    • Bike: BMW R1150GS
    • Rank: 400cc 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.

    #19583
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    The Motu bridge is about to be replaced which may make access across it patchy until such work is complete.

    https://www.facebook.com/Kiwipiloting/posts/960484054089738

    #28620
    Daniel Fisher
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    • Town/City: Nor-West
    • Bike: DRZ400E
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Pics of the 2 water crossings I came across (not sure where the 3rd one was) 1st was more of a puddle, 2nd was actually deeper than it looks but no worry.

    #28632
    Shredda
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    • Bike: Yamaha XT660R
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Wednesday 2 January.

    #35085
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    @alvin-olson Rode the Motu a week or so ago.

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