The new Whakarewarewa Forest Loop is a 33km, one-way, circular route located just 10 minutes (by car) from the city centre of Rotorua making it super quick and easy to get to and fit around your other sightseeing activities.
The loop is a Grade 2 to 3 track designed to be accessible for people of almost all ages, abilities and fitness levels. 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.
Plan Your Ride
The trail should take you between two and a half to five hours, depending on your pace. You’ll also want to factor in some time to stop and take in the sights at purpose-built points along the way that reveal stunning views. They also provide a great opportunity to rest and rehydrate.
If you find you’re running low on water or energy bars, you’ll be happy to know that along the trail there are three spots to purchase food and drinks, four taps to refill water bottles, and three accessible toilet blocks.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take?
The trail should take you between two and a half to five hours, depending on your pace.
Can I use an e-bike on the trail?
Absolutely! Electric- and human-powered mountain bikes are welcome.
Is there drinking water available along the trail?
Yes, locations for water as well as food are sign-posted on the main map boards.
Where can I park and start the trail?
Similar to a roundabout, there are multiple trail entry and exit points. We recommend starting at either Te Pūtake o Tawa carpark on Tarawera Road, or Waipa carpark off State Highway 5, as both hubs offer plenty of parking. You can also find bike rental outlets and services, bike wash stations, shower and toilet blocks with accessibility features, and coffee and food vendors here.
Is the trail open year-round?
Like all mountain biking and walking trails in Whakarewarewa Forest this one benefits from great drainage and can be ridden all year. However, due to being situated within a 'working' forest, the trail may have variations from time to time.
Always check for trail updates, closures or detours before you ride. Trailforks is an excellent source of information on all of the forest's trails.
Will I have mobile phone coverage?
It's estimated the trail has 80-85% coverage. One area it can be patchy is around the Te Kōtukutuku/Rotokākahi trail.
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