Crankworx Rotorua: Plan your biking adventure

So, Crankworx Rotorua has enticed you to come to Rotorua to play on your bike? Great idea! Let's make a plan.


So many great places to stay

Picking accommodation is generally easy. In and around Rotorua, it won’t take much to find holiday parks or cabins, hostels, hotels, motels boutique lodges, B&Bs and the 5-star Pullman Rotorua hotel. There's something to suit every budget and every sized group. 


Many places, like Pullman, Jet Park Hotel Rotorua and Rock Solid Backpackers, and others offer storage and/or bike washing stations for mountain bike. Just ask when you book.


Rotorua is easy to navigate, and even the far side of the lake is only a 20-minute or so drive from the trails.


If you’re coming without a vehicle, or prefer to park the car and go by bike, no worries! Pick any spot in town, a warm-up pedal on purpose-built singletrack will get you to the trails via routes that are safe and fun to ride.


Getting your bearings

Whakarewarewa Forest is at one end of town, and Skyline Rotorua Mountain Bike Park is at the other.


There are supermarkets in the town centre, and a huge selection of eateries (check out Eat Streat for nearly a dozen restaurant options in one city block), which also plays well for people who don’t use a vehicle.


What about turning up without a bike? Actually, not a bad idea. You can pick up a bike that’s just about as good as your own (might even be better!) for a single- or multi-day hire from a range of operators.


When it’s best to visit

We’re often asked when visitors should plan to be here, and the short answer is any time!


Rotorua is a year-round riding destination. It can be cold in winter but we’ve still got sunny skies and warm temperatures. Be prepared to dress for the season, including some rain, and you’ll be sweet. Locals may wear shorts year round but we recommend packing layers.


Rain can happen any time – this is heartland New Zealand, after all. The dirt we're blessed with is incredibly free-draining, so even immediately after rain the trails are rideable.


More great things you can do here

If it is raining, there are plenty of other things to do and see. Rain or shine, there are some things you should be pencilling in for your visit.

Be sure to visit one of our famous geothermal attractions – allow at least a couple of hours for these uniquely Rotorua experiences. Or go for a steamy soak in one of the many hot pools and spas.


Check out the options for a real Māori cultural immersion.

If you’re up for more adventure activities, get into the trees with a zipline or tree walk. Ride the luge! Drive a full-race go kart! Raft a dizzying waterfall! Bounce down a hill in an inflatable ball!


Whatever you get up to in Rotorua, it won’t be boring!

*Content supplied by local mountain bike legend Gary “Gaz” Sullivan of NZO.


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