SH2 Opotiki to Gisborne

This is the quickest way to travel between Gisborne and Opotiki – it takes about two hours in a car – through some seriously stunning scenery – it is rural and gorge(ous) … !

Tauranga Bridge Track [From Opotiki 25km | From Gisborne 122km] A two to three hour easy walk on a loop track that takes you through farmland and alongside the Waioeka River, also suitable for mountainbiking.

Tauranga Bridge photo by Shamala Panchacharan

Waioeka Gorge [60km of highway through gorge] One of the longest and most beautiful gorges in the land. The Waioeka Gorge winds alongside clear and sparkling rivers through native bush clad hills and high country farmland within the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve. There are places where you can stop to relax, swim in the rivers and enjoy scenic walks along the way.  The rivers can be fished for trout.

Mustering Goats at Haurata Station photo courtesy of Haurata High Country Walks

Matawai [From Gisborne 72km | From Opotiki 75km] Matawai is the halfway point on this lovely journey. You can stop here and refuel with petrol and some of the best sandwiches in the world.

Living In The Clouds photo courtesy of Haurata High Country Walks

Motu [14km from Matawai] Motu is an old sawmilling settlement with attractions and activities including the Whinray Scenic Bush Walk, Motu Falls and dry fly trout fishing in the Motu River. Motu River rafting trips start from here. Return to Matawai or take the adventurous, unsealed, magnificently scenic Old Motu Road option for 64km through wild bush country and farmland to reach the coast 11km northeast of Opotiki.  Motu is the starting point for the Motu Trails, one of the great rides in the New Zealand Cycle Trails network, click here for more information.

The Pakihi Track photo courtesy of The Motu Trails Trust

It’s always good to get out and stretch your legs along the way. If you fancy getting some fresh air and taking a walk check out some of the awesome Hikes & Walks – Out East.

There are a variety of motels, backpackers, B&Bs and campgrounds along the way, something for all tastes, click here for all accommodation options.


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