As a result of ongoing pressure regarding possible consequences of the sale (cutting down of the Redwoods & trial species etc), the Tokorangi Triangle (known as The Redwoods) was defined and an agreement between the Forestry Corporation of New Zealand (restructured Forest Service), the current licence holders, and the Rotorua District Council was initiated.
In this decade various iwi (Maori tribes) and hapu (sub-tribes) lodged claims for settlement of historic grievances with the Waitangi Tribunal under the Treaty of Waitangi Act.
First mountain bike trails were built by local mountain bike enthusiast Fred Christianson and community service workers. New tracks would continue to be developed by Fred and others as the sport grew in popularity.
Forestry Corporation was sold to Fletcher Challenge Forests, who took over management of the Forest and The Redwoods on behalf of the Rotorua District Council.
A decade after the process started, management of The Redwoods was finally transferred from Forestry Corporation to the Rotorua District Council in June. Fletcher Challenge Forests continued to manage The Redwoods on their behalf.
Fletcher Challenge Forests split its forest assets and sold them off to national and international companies. Management of The Redwoods was passed on to the new forestry management company.
With mountain biking now being a popular sport and tracks popping up all over the forest a policy was developed to govern access and track building. The outcomes of which was increased communication and co-operation between the forest managers and mountain bikers. The Rotorua Mountain Bike Club became the key point of contact and most tracks are now developed and maintained by the club or volunteer track adoptees.
Kaingaroa Timberlands the current managers of the Whakarewarewa Forest & The Redwoods relinquished their management agreement with the Rotorua District Council of The Redwoods. The Rotorua District Council take over management.
The Redwoods is managed by the Rotorua District Council. The greater Whakarewarewa Forest is managed by Kaingaroa Timberlands. Treaty of Waitangi claims have not yet been settled.
The land on which the Whakarewarewa Forest and Tokorangi Forest (Redwoods) sits returned to Maori ownership in July as part of the Treaty of Waitangi Claims.
The Redwoods continues to be managed by The Rotorua District Council and the Whakarewarewa Forest continues to be managed by Kaingaroa Timberlands until termination comes into effect.
Australian Mountain Bike Magazine named the Whakarewarewa Trails as the best in the world.
Rotorua’s mountain bike trails win global praise from Red Bull as one of the eight top mountain biking destinations on earth – the only place awarded such recognition in the Southern Hemisphere.