A day on the Mountain Bike Trails

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This blog was last updated May 2021.

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.

Man on BMX bike mid air doing a jump. Large crowd cheering in background
Get into the action at Crankworx Rotorua!

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 Waipa 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. No worries if you don’t have a bike, there are several places where you can hire bikes, in town or at the forest.

Man on bike standing in forest. Sun shining through trees
At the top of the new (2021) Te Poaka trail!

Mountain Bike Rotorua is based at the Waipa 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, find their rates here! Or if you are wanting a quick lesson – check out Louis from Tuned Rotorua to book in a class!

The best way to navigate the trails is by map. We have a big print out of the Mountain Bike Trails at Aura which can help you plan your day and there is also copies throughout the forest.  If you think you’ll be a more frequent visitor to the trails, Rotorua Trailmapps App is $14 and available from both the Apple and Play Store.

Map hung on concrete wall, sign beside map with favourite trails.
Pick your favourite, or ask the Aura team!

As far as lunch goes, packing a sandwich and some snacks and eating on the go is always a crowd pleaser, head to Ciabatta Bakery or Guidoughs for some tasty options!  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, grab a bite to eat at the new Trail Kitchen cafe.

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’.

Be sure to pop into the Secret Spot later for a cheeky hot tub, cold brew and reminisce on an excellent ride in the forest!

Evening showing signpost for secret spot hot tubs
Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua
For more great Mountain Biking information in Rotorua check out Ride Rotorua.  

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