You’ve had an epic day shredding some of the epic mountain bike trails here in Rotorua. You nailed those berms on Corners, got air on Eagle vs Shark, but your muesli bar was scoffed hours ago, and you realise you’ve got a serious thirst and hunger brewing.
Good news: We’ve rounded up some of our top spots to satisfy your après-mountain bike ride cravings. From a bevvie and a Shinny Dip at Secret Spot, to a craft beer and perfect wood fired pizza at Rotorua’s newest hot spot, Eastwood Café, here are our top picks to satisfy any palate.
Tucked away along the edge of Whakarewarewa Forest, in the Waipa Valley, and smack-bang in the heart of mountain biking mecca, you’ll find an oasis for post-ride refreshments. Look for Secret Spot’s secret mountain bike entrance (to the right of the waterfall!) where you can lock up the bikes, then sit back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous surrounds. There’s Good George craft beer and cider aplenty, as well as premium sodas and delicious local coffee. Got the munchies? No worries, they’ve got all your French pastry and hearty pie requirements sorted.
Tired feet? A Secret Spot Shinny Dip, aka foot spa, is free with any beverage purchased. Better still, hire a forest spring-filled hot tub – there are togs, towels and lockers available to hire on site.
Where: 13/33 Waipa State Mill Road
Handily located a stone’s throw from Whakarewarewa Forest, you can roll down Titokorangi Road (formerly Longmile Road) and be at the Good Eastern Taphouse, enjoying your first beer or cider within minutes. Hungry? Fill your belly with delicious food. (Side note: Their scrummy burgers deserve their own blog post!) Have no fear about bike parking, there’s a large, covered patio with plenty of space and, bonus, your trail dog is welcome here too.
Where: Corner of Te Ngae and Tarawera roads
Our newest eatery, Eastwood Café is the perfect spot for every mountain biker, both in terms of the handy-dandy location and the ambiance. Head left into the Scion complex at the bottom of Nursery Road, next to Dodzy’s Skill Park, and you’re sorted! Park up, there are heaps of spots. First, marvel at the gorgeous architecture, then take your pick: You can dine inside, or alfresco on the terrace.
The menu includes cooked breakfasts, wood-fired pizzas to die for, a loaded food cabinet, not to mention all the bevvies for your MTB crew. Your furry little trail companion is also most welcome.
Where: Titokorangi Drive (on the Scion campus)
When you’re done with biking for the day, Brew is an obvious choice for thirsty, hungry adventurers. Owned by the folks from Croucher Brewing, you’ll find a full range of delicious craft beers straight from the tap. There’s an epic menu with loaded fries, pizza, fish and chips – make sure you are HUNG-GRY! With regular live entertainment and a courtyard that looks out onto Eat Streat, just rock on in and make yourself at home. Don’t worry about the lack of bike racks, just park up!
Where: Eat Streat on Tutanekai Street
You know what they say: Life is too short to eat bad burgers! Luckily, the BurgerFuel crew at the Redwood Centre is a well-oiled machine. With built-fresh gourmet burgers served up in a great atmosphere, here you can roll in on your bike and satisfy your post-ride cravings. There’s no alcohol license, admittedly, but word on the street is that their milkshakes are some of the best in town. There’s loads of space to park up your bike too, easy as!
Where: 5 Tarawera Road, Redwood Centre