Mountain Biking

If you’re a keen mountain biker, 

there’s no better place to be than in Rotorua 

If you know much about our city, you’ll know Rotorua is a mecca for mountain bikers and we’re super proud of our mountain biking culture.

Whether you're keen to see what the mountain biking fuss is all about, or you already love the smell of dirt beneath your luggy tyres, come to Rotorua. With a dozen or more cycling shops, loads of places to hire bikes, or you need riding accessories or bike repairs, Rotorua has everything to keep you grinning while pedalling.

Where to ride

Seasoned mountain bikers will tell you riding in Whakarewarewa Forest is an absolute must. A network of nearly 200km of purpose-built trails awaits, offering trails for absolutely everyone, from beginners to professional downhill riders. There's even a kiddies' loop for the littlies and anyone feeling a bit wobbly to start.

   Riding in the forest is always free and the trails are always open. There’s no excuse not to try it! 

Check out the story by local mountain biking guru Gary “Gaz” Sullivan on planning your biking visit to Rotorua, and his top tips for winter riding. There are more stories linked below, and Ride Rotorua tells you everything you need to know to get started.

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Explore an amazing geothermal area where threatened bird populations make their home.

Freestyle Airbag - Velocity Valley

Now you can have a crack at your first bike backflip without a care in the world thanks to Velocity Valley's Freestyle Airbag.

HeliBike Rotorua

Helicopter travel with adventure activities in New Zealand bush.

Hemo Gorge Trail - Te Ara Ahi

Hemo Gorge Trail is two-way, Grade 2, shared trail that takes cyclists and walkers off SH5 for access to the Waipa Mountain Biking car park. It is part of the Te Ara Ahi cycleway that continues to Rainbow Mountain. The trail is 1.5km from the Te Puia carpark to the Waipa car park (actual trail length to Waipa trailhead: 1.5km).

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours provides a guided bicycle adventure around central Rotorua. You'll ride at your own leisurely pace to 27 key historical, geothermal and cultural sights.

MDA Experiences

Our Exclusive Tours create the perfect excursion tailored to our guest, including a personal guide, complete privacy and the best we have to offer at MDA Experiences.

Lake Tikitapu

Lake Tikitapu, affectionately known as Blue Lake, is a local favourite and well known to regular visitors to Rotorua.

Whakarewarewa Forest (the Redwoods) Mountain Biking

Whakarewarewa Forest, also known as the Redwoods, is a mecca for mountain bikers, with more than 180km of trails winding their way through native and exotic forest.

New Zealand Mountain Biking - Whirinaki Forest

Come with us and ride through some of New Zealand's best ancient native forest on meandering mountain bike trails. This full day trip includes guide and transport, food, and bike hire. We can take it nice and easy close to the road, or we can go all out and fly deep into the heart of the Whirinaki!

Skyline MTB Park

Skyline Rotorua is home to New Zealand's first year-round Gondola assisted bike lift, accessing world-class downhill mountain biking.

Hire a bike, repair a bike, or buy cool bike stuff

Need a new bike or some TLC for your MTB? Our locals have you covered.

Jefson Bikes

Handbuilt bike frames by Jeff Anderson. Beautifully engineered to your demanding specifications for road, track or trail. Jeff has been crafting bespoke bike frames for more than 30 years.

Planet Bike

Planet Bike is a friendly company, based in the action-packed centre of the North Island, New Zealand – Rotorua!

Ride Rotorua

Riding Rotorua starts here! Everything you need to know to ride some of the World's Best Trails like a local!

Electric Bike

We are a small team with an obsession for electric bikes. We love a challenge and finding the right bike that you are comfortable on, is what we do!

Bike Culture Limited

Our point of difference at Bike Culture is that the workshop is the focus.

My Ride Rotorua

My Ride Rotorua has been at the forefront of the cycling industry for more than 50 years. (Formerly Frews, and Becketts, Rotorua Cycle Centre).

The Suspension Lab

The Suspension Lab is a ‘custom-built’ workshop based in Rotorua, New Zealand. We provide top quality solutions for all your suspension needs.

Evo Cycles Rotorua

When it comes to anything bike, Evo are the experts that live and breath cycling. Not only do we stock a huge range of bikes at some of the best pricing around, but our crew can help with expert advice to make sure you get the right bike for your style of riding and ability.

Mountain Bike Rotorua

​Mountain Bike Rotorua is your gateway to both Whakarewarewa, Redwood Forest, the stunning jewel in the crown of the adventure destination that is Rotorua, and the Skyline Gravity Park, the world's first all season gondola accessed MTB park and home of the internationally renowned mountain bike festival, Crankworx Rotorua.

Dancing Moose

Dancing Moose bikepacking and bike touring bags are designed and made in Rotorua, New Zealand to "get out there" on your bike – on full day, overnight or epic multi-day trips.

Torpedo7 Rotorua

At Torpedo7, we live and breathe outdoor sports. We are a full-service bike retailer, and we offer a huge range of bike brands, components and accessories, along with fully equipped bike workshops and experienced mechanics.

Our stories

All about mountain biking in Rotorua.

Crankworx Rotorua

World Grand Finale 2021

The world’s best mountain bike athletes will be back to battle

it out on Mount Ngongotahā in early November.

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