Cycling & Mountain Biking

Rotorua is a world-famous mountain biking haven and 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 approximately 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.

One of the newest trails to open in the forest – and recently named a New Zealand Cycle Trails Great Ride – is the Whakarewarewa Forest Loop, a 33km circular trail designed to be accessible to a broad range of riders. You don’t need to be a professional downhiller; as long as you’re a confident rider, you’ll find the variety of uphill, downhill and flat sections interesting, fun and fairly easy to navigate. This trail is also super fun on an e-bike and includes look-out points with amazing views.

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 TrailWestern 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.

Whaka 100

The toughest and largest mountain biking event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Whaka 100 takes place every October. With events for everyone looking to compete or complete, from a 5km kids' event, up to the 100km and 160km Whaka Miler, all featuring the best singletrack Whakarewarewa Forest has to offer.

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. The week-long Crankworx Rotorua is an incredible festival for competitors and spectators alike. 

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MDA Experiences

Cycling & Mountain Biking

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.

HeliBike Rotorua

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Helicopter adventure activities you’ll never forget.

Skyline Mountain Bike Park

Cycling & Mountain Biking, North

Skyline Rotorua is home to New Zealand's first year-round gondola-assisted bike lift, allowing mountain bikers access to world-class downhill trails.

Cyclezone Rotorua

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Cyclezone Rotorua is your local bike store when you’re visiting Rotorua! See them for mountain bike hire, sales, service and repairs.


Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Nzo is a locally owned and operated apparel brand with products built for the bike life.

RideRotorua Store

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

RideRotorua Store is a destination shop for mountain bikers, and the world’s only stockist of Rotorua’s homegrown mountain biking brand Nzo.

New Zealand Mountain Biking

Cycling & Mountain Biking, East

Based in one of the best places to ride in the world, New Zealand Mountain Biking has experiences to suit any level of rider from beginner lessons through to six-day Enduro-style tours.

Freestyle Airbag at Velocity Valley

Cycling & Mountain Biking, North

Hit air like never before! Looking for a safe and soft place to have a crack at your first bike backflip, or progress your freestyle tricks?

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Cycling & Mountain Biking

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

Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Home of the Tuhourangi and Ngāti Wahiao people and located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa Village is New Zealand’s oldest continuous Māori tourism experience, even pre-dating the world-famous Pink and White Terraces.

Electric Bike Rotorua

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Explore Rotorua and experience the thrill of an electric bike.

Planet Bike

Cycling & Mountain Biking

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.