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The Motu Road – Eastern Bay of Plenty

This ride report was originally posted on another web site, and on that site which is no longer available it was one of the most often read and linked to. It consists of two midsummer rides, on December 14 and December 28, 2008. So almost 8 years ago. It must be time to go back soon and check if much has changed in the meantime. Clicking on the photos will display them in a larger size.


Motu Road, or “The Motu”, is widely known from its days as one of the longest and most difficult stages in the Rally of New Zealand. The rally was included in the World Rally Championship calendar, so many famous rally drivers have driven this road, including the late Colin McRae whose superiority on this stage helped him win the August, 1993 Rally of New Zealand. The first world championship win for both McRae and Subaru.

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