Mountain Bike in Rotorua

Rotorua is home to one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country, with around 180km of continually evolving trails in the stunning Whakarewarewa Forest (“The Redwoods”).

Just five minutes from downtown Rotorua, it’s a perfect playground no matter what your skillset. The trails cater for all levels of ability and fitness ranging from the family friendly Kids Loop and grade 2 (beginner) trails through to grade 6 (expert).

With the newly developed Gravity Park at Skyline Rotorua, which plays host to the Crankworx World Tour, Rotorua continues to deliver on being the adventure capital of the North Island and the playground for both families and thrill-seekers, alike.

Looking to hit the Rotorua trails?

First time for Rotorua mountain biking? The best place to head on your first visit is the Waipa cark park on Waipa State Mill Road, which is accessible from State Highway 5, south of Rotorua.
With  toilets, showers and bike cleaning facilities you’ll have all you need in one place. 
rotorua-mountain-biking-signs.jpgOnce you’re ready to go, you have a few options; one is to head across the bridge at the back of the car park into the network of trails. There is an information sign as you enter, and other signs around the forest detailing the trails.

The first trails you’ll find are the Kids Loop and the popular Tahi. These trails are well sign posted so that you can make a trail decision that suits your riding ability and the level of adventure you'd like to have. Most bike shops around town will sell paper or cloth versions of the Whakarewarewa trail map plus there are online versions available that also show your position on the map.  A wise choice! 

If you’re keen to venture further, Helibike Rotorua can take you on a ride to remember! Enjoy the exhilaration and adrenalin of a scenic helicopter flight to the world famous Moerangi trail or the stunning Timber Trail, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

New Zealand Mountain Biking can help you progress your riding with coaching and skills clinics available plus adventures in the Whaka Forest or further afield into the Whirinaki Forest and other trails in the Central North Island.  

Te Ara Ahi

The New Zealand Cycle Trail

Te Ara Ahi part of The New Zealand Cycle Trail  network and is a 2 day, 48 km cycle adventure passing through a thermal wonderland of steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers. The trail starts from the Rotorua i-site and Visitor Centre and ends at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Mtb trails

Learn more about the mountain biking trails in and around Rotorua. lets you build an itinerary and search for suitable trails depending on your riding ability.


Ride Rotorua

Ride Rotorua

Ride Rotorua has everything you need to know about riding some of the world's best trails, including where to go, where to stay, what to eat, where to hire a bike an how to ride one better. Read riders' comments and check out the ratings on each of the trails.


The Redwoods I-Site and Visitor Centre

The Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest mountain bike trails

The Redwood i-Site and Visitor Information Centre is open 8.30am to 5pm everyday. Drop in for the latest information on tracks and forestry operations and don't forget to pick up a Mountain Bike Manky


Crankworx Rotorua

Rotorua has secured its place as the first stop of the Crankworx World Tour for the next decade, confirming its identity as one of the world’s top mountain-biking destinations.  Experience the extraordinary in Rotorua 17 - 25 March 2018.