10 Great Rotorua Rides
Some of the best mountain bike trails in Whakarewarewa Forest
Does everyone in Rotorua love mountain biking?
The short answer is basically YES!
The longer answer is because... There are approximately 200km of expertly built trails crafted to suit every kind of rider, from absolute beginner (including a Kid's Loop and New Zealand's newest Cycle Trails Great Ride), through to extreme downhill competitors, and for any age and fitness level. You don't need any special equipment, simply hire a helmet and bike (including electric mountain bikes) from one of the local bike shops, grab a trail map, and you're away. The trails are FREE to access, thanks to the local iwi landowners. You can ride year-round and even at night (yes, that's a thing!). Convinced yet?
We're sure that once you try it yourself, you'll quickly see why most people become instantly hooked and why mountain bikers from around the world flock to the world-renowned hero dirt in Whakarewarewa Forest.
Keen to started? Great! Have a look at the list below of the 10 best trails that mountain biking guru, local legend, NZO founder and all-round good guy Gary "Gaz" Sullivan suggests, based on his decades of riding.