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Douglas DC3 & Motu Trails Experience

Douglas DC3 & Motu Trails Experience


Motu Trails Weekend Package

Weekend Group Package (Four or more)

  • Return air travel on our iconic Douglas DC-3 between Auckland & Whakatane
  • Group accommodation at Bushaven (located at the bottom of the Pakihi Trail)
  • All airport transfers and shuttles to the top of the Pakihi Trail (or an alternate track as agreed with driver)
  • Includes Saturday Dinner & Sunday Breakfast at Bushaven


An amazing Summer break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Grab you mountain bike and fly away to the gorgeous Eastern Bay of Plenty with Air Chathams on-board our classic warbird, the Douglas DC-3. 

Your private shuttle transfer will collect you from the airport at Whakatane and on your request, drive you direct to the top of the Pakihi Trail. From there you can cycle the trail and arrive by bike into Bushaven, well in time to settle into your accommodation and enjoy a nice dinner to the call of Kiwi & Weka around you. 

The next day explore the local area by foot, or travel to the beautiful Dunes Trail, and take in the sea breezes as you cycle through. 

A great group package for families and friends wanting to ride one of the country's well known trails. And to experience the raw & natural beauty of this stunning part of New Zealand. 

Group of four or more: $499 per person

Motu Trails Hire & Shuttle

Based south of Opotiki at Bushaven, Motu Trails Hire & Shuttle has been serving the Motu Trails since 2011. They have two 11-seater vans, experienced drivers and purpose built bike trailers.


Services are flexible. You’re welcome to bring your own bike, or you can hire a quality bike with helmet and repair kit for just $50 per day. Shuttle drop-offs for the Pakihi Track are typically from the top of the hill above Motu, for a 40km, mostly downhill ride. But you can easily get dropped off sooner to add to the challenge.
If you’re not keen on single-track, you can ride the spectacular Motu Road Trail, the original route between Gisborne and Opotiki. You get dropped off at the hilltop, so while it’s hilly, there’s a lot more down than up. You finish the day riding the Dunes Trail




Bushaven is located in the Urutawa Conservation Reserve, a 25 minute drive south of Opotiki. It’s a gorgeous spot, surrounded by forest and overlooking the Te Waiti stream, with multiple swimming holes. There are weka and often, kiwi calling at night.

Bushaven’s accommodation is comfortable, with full utilities, decks and use of BBQ's. 

Packed lunch can be provided if requested, and for an additional cost. 



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