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.
Helicopter travel with adventure activities in New Zealand bush.
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.
Lake Tikitapu, affectionately known as Blue Lake, is a local favourite and well known to regular visitors to Rotorua.
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.
Skyline MTB Park
Skyline Rotorua is home to New Zealand's first year-round Gondola assisted bike lift, accessing world-class downhill mountain biking.
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!
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.
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.
Te Ara Ahi Bike Transport - Thermal Land Shuttle
Based on our local knowledge and know-how, we provide transport services and tours for you (and your bikes) around Rotorua and the wider North Island.
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.
Bike Culture Limited
Our point of difference at Bike Culture is that the workshop is the focus.
Riding Rotorua starts here! Everything you need to know to ride some of the World's Best Trails like a local!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planet Bike is a friendly company, based in the action-packed centre of the North Island, New Zealand – Rotorua!
All about mountain biking in Rotorua.