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Cycling & Mountain Biking

Rotorua is a world-famous mountain biking haven & home to Crankworx Rotorua

In 2019 the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) renewed Rotorua’s four-year status as being one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations with their most prestigious gold-level Ride Centre™ status. 

The world-renowned network of nearly 200 kilometres of mountain bike trails in Whakarewarewa Forest consists of expertly built trails crafted to suit everyone, from absolute beginners (there’s even a kids’ loop, great for working out any pre-ride wobbles) through to extreme downhill competitors, and for any age and fitness level.

If you’re a road cycling enthusiast who enjoys scenic routes, riding Te Ara Ahi ‘Thermal by Bike’ is a great option, taking you past geothermal areas, beautiful lakes and forests, and significant historical and cultural sites. You can also ride all the way around Lake Rotorua, with a dedicated cycle trail encompassing all but the narrower curving areas in Hamurana.

There are many more options in and near Rotorua, such as Skyline MTB Park, Rainbow MountainMoerangi TrackWestern Okataina Walkway, the Timber Trail and Whirinaki Forest Trails, to name a few. 
Don't let the lack of gear hold you back. Rotorua is home to more than its fair share of quality bike shops, making it easy to hire or purchase (as well as repair) whatever you need, and get first-hand trail advice.

Crankworx Rotorua

The annual mountain biking festival and world competition Crankworx first came to Rotorua in 2015 and lured the best of the best riders from around the globe to compete for world titles in a variety of downhill and trick events on Mt Ngongotahā. The week-long Crankworx Rotorua, to be held 1-7 November 2021, is an incredible festival for competitors and spectators alike. 

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Skyline MTB Park

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Skyline Rotorua is home to New Zealand's first year-round Gondola assisted bike lift, accessing world-class downhill mountain biking.

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

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.

MDA Experiences

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

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.

Lake Rotorua

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

The largest of our region’s lakes, Rotorua is a volcanic caldera, formed from the crater of a large volcano.

Rotorua Lakefront

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Walking or cycling along the Rotorua lakefront is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful setting.

Freestyle Airbag - Velocity Valley

Cycling & Mountain Biking, North

Now you can have a crack at your first bike backflip without a care in the world thanks to Velocity Valley's Freestyle Airbag.

Hemo Gorge Trail - Te Ara Ahi

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

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).

Planet Bike

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Planet Bike offers freedom bike hire, mountain bike tours for first timers to expert, bike fixes, Bike Bitz'n spares, trail information & maps, as well as 'Coffee 2 go'. Planet Bike are principal sponsors of the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club.

HeliBike Rotorua

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Helicopter travel with adventure activities in New Zealand bush.

Lake Tikitapu

Cycling & Mountain Biking, East

Lake Tikitapu, affectionately known as Blue Lake, is a local favourite and well known to regular visitors to Rotorua.

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Explore an amazing geothermal area where threatened bird populations make their home.

Whakarewarewa Forest (the Redwoods) Mountain Biking

Cycling & Mountain Biking, South

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.