Our region is the perfect place to get on your bike and smell the roses, or citrus blossom...
The “Poverty Bay“ flats are exactly that – flat. There‘s an abundance of quiet country roads to explore and plenty of vineyards, cellar doors, artisan businesses along the way to pop into and experience our friendly folk.
For the more intrepid there’s literally thousands of kilometres of unsealed country roads which are not so flat that link Wairoa to Gisborne and Opotiki. Fabulous B&B’s and country pubs along the way are popping up to offer accommodation Out East on these trails.
Inner city riding and Mountain biking are easily accessed.
Road Rides and Tours
For those who want a road ride State Highway 35 from Opotiki to Gisborne around the cape is still popular, even though logging trucks are abundant on this road. This 4-5 day ride, best ridden clockwise , still attracts many riders and there’s some great accommodation stops along the way.
The GWAloop is raced annually, it’s a 204 kilometre one day road race from Gisborne to Wairoa via the Whareratas (Morere) and back via the Tiniroto Road to Gisborne. For the more casual among us this is a fabulous two to four day road ride. There are also unsealed road options here which take you off the highways and show you are beaut back country.
Locally in the city we have many great valleys with some challenging hills to ride safely and also some great mountain bike parks.
In the city there’s the Whataupoko Reserve with great trails for all riders. There’s fabulous views from the lookout at the top. This reserve is easily accessible from Fox Street.
There’s also the Mander Road Mountain Bike Park. To ride here you need to buy a permit from Avantiplus Maintrax, Bikeys or the Gisborne Cycle Tour Company. Permits are valid for a week, locals can buy an annual membership to the parks. There’s some great single track out here for riders of all ability, and then there’s the steep single track for the wild among us.
The Motu Trails offer some pristine mountain riding through the Pakihi Track, and great unsealed riding through the Old Motu Coach Road, the dune trails are perfect for family rides. Your journey will cover as many uphill climbs as downhill glides. It will hug the spectacular Pakihi Stream. It will traverse the rolling hills of the historic Motu region and provide breath-stopping views of the Pacific Ocean. Your adventure, your choice.
Rere Falls Trail which takes riders via Eastwoodhill and Rere to Matawai, or of course you can ride Rere Falls Trail from Matawai to Gisborne taking in Rere Falls, Rere Rockslide, Eastwoodhill Arboretum and a range of wineries before reaching the Pacific Ocean in sunny Gisborne.
There are thousands of kilometres of quiet country roads to tour. Plan ahead or take an organised tour as accommodation and food stops are not common on some of these routes. These roads are rewarding to ride and for the intrepid tourists there’s some fantastic gourmet options available to satify any appetite.
Gisborne is expanding its cycle ways with the new river walk and cycle way providing lovely cycling for families around the inner city. The plan is to extend these in the near future.
Guided or self-guided cycle tours and cycle hire
Your adventure, your choice. With many trails to choose from!
Matawai to Gisborne via Rere.
Rolling hills and sealed roads make the Rere Falls Trail a comfortable ride for those who want to experience the treasures of one of New Zealand’s most remote regions. Meandering along quiet country roads the trail takes you alongside lush hill country farms through to the wineries and maize fields of the fertile Poverty Bay flats. The Rere Falls Trail stretches from rural Matawai to the long white beaches of Gisborne. The trail joins the Motu Trail to provide the ideal cycle link between Gisborne and Bay of Plenty.