Rotorua is well known for mountain biking, especially having won the rights to host Crankworx for the next 10 YEARS. So it is no surprise that hitting the trails is the perfect way to spend any day in Rotorua.
In the Whakarewarewa Forest there are plenty of trails for all abilities, from absolute beginners to more seasoned riders. All you’ll need is bike, a helmet, sturdy shoes, and you’ll be ready to spend a day riding on some of NZ’s best trails.
Getting to the trails is easy, and you can access them from the Redwood or Waipa side of the forest. Taking the road out to Taupo, the Wiapa side is 11 minutes by car from Aura with the Redwood side out east being around the same distance by car, or a leisurely peddle across Sulphur Flats on bike. If you don’t have a bike, then no worries as there are several places where you can hire bikes, in town or at the forest.
Mountain Bike Rotorua’s bike hire is based at the Wiapa car park so its easily accessible and has rates from 2 hours to full day usage for both hard tails, full suspension and kids bicycles. You can find their rates here. They also offer guided tours and lessons for people wanting to improve their skills, find out more information through their website.
The best way to navigate the trails is by map, which you can get at Mountain Bike Rotorua on the Waipa side or at the redwoods visitor centre on the redwood side. If you think you’ll be a more frequent visitor to the trails, Rotorua Trailmapps App developed by SouthStar Shuttles is $14 and available from both the Apple and Play Store
As far as lunch goes, packing a sandwich and some snacks and eating on the go is always a crowd pleaser, and soaking in the views at the top of Tokorangi or Split endz is certainly a great way to break up your riding. Or, if you’re heading down back to the carpark, a bite to eat at the Waipa Café is always a stress-free option.
Afterwards, soak those aching muscles in one of our Mineral Pools, then top off your action packed day with a well deserved locally crafted cold Croucher Pale Ale and a Brew Burger at Brew on ‘Eat Streat’.