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.

Famil options for TRENZ Delegates on 17 May 2019

Geothermal Wonderland Half Day Tour - Nature Connections
Sense it, feel it and experience the awesome earth forces of nature and the very best of Rotorua’s geothermal wonders at Waiotapu Thermal Wonder- land and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley on this half day Geothermal Wonderland Tour. With close up views of the spectacular geothermal activity, wonder in awe at the amazing diversity of geothermal features and the stunning volcanic landscapes of the Rotorua region. See NZ’s largest boiling mud lake, Lady Knox Geyser erupting daily at 10.15am to heights of 20 metres, colourful volcanic craters of every tint and hue, hot streams, boiling hot springs, hissing fumeroles, vividly coloured silica terraces, steaming cliffs, hot crater lakes, unique thermally adapted plants, native rainforest and birdlife.
Geothermal Wonderland Tour
Discover Lake Tarawera's Nature and Cultural Connection - Totally Tarawera
Discover Lake Tarawera's Nature and Cultural Connection. Experience the stunning beauty of Lake Tarawera, the place where tourism began in New Zealand. Led by your Tuhourangi guide you will experience “Nature unspoilt” as we share with you the cultural stories, volcanic history and the real Hot Water Beach. This is a great opportunity to sample tourism products that are unlike most in Rotorua. Itinerary: 9.30am Pickup from the Energy Events Centre. Travel to Lake Tarawera. (Stunning 20 minute drive) 10.00am Visit Te Wairoa, The Buried Village. Museum tour with complimentary tea or coffee. 11.00am Lake Cruise / Hot Water Beach. Cruise Lake Tarawera and visit Hot Water Beach for a most memorable stopover. View the spiritual mountain ’Tarawera” and the places of cultural significance while cruising up close to the breathtaking forest and fern edged lake. 12.30pm Leave Lake Tarawera for your return trip to the Energy Events Centre. 1.00pm Back in Rotorua.
Original Canopy Tour - Rotorua Canopy Tours
The Original Canopy Tour is an unforgettable and enlightening adventure, perfect for all ages. Journey deep into ancient New Zealand forest in small groups, of up to 10 people. Experience New Zealand like it once was from the top of the forest canopy. Your amazing kiwi guides will lead your personal and unforgettable adventure. They are highly trained to keep you safe, make you smile, teach you amazing things and create memories that last you a lifetime. They will even hold your hand if required….
Original Rotorua Canopy Tour
Full Day Whirinaki Forest Hiking Tour - Foris Eco-tours
Rotorua hiking at its best. Whirinaki is an icon of NZ ecology. It is simply the best example of lowland podocarp forest left on earth. These forests are renowned for ancient trees, rich biodiversity and stunning scenery.
Foris Eco-Tours - Whirinaki Forest