The best things in life are free! Rotorua is a haven for mountain bikers of all levels, with over 180km of trails from family friendly to world-class downhill trails. Rack up the bikes and your weekend plans are taken care of – ride, eat, sleep and repeat.
Guided tours and skills clinics! A great way to get your bearings in the forest is to go on a guided tour. Let the locals show you their favourite spots and find the perfect trail to put a smile on your dial. If you’re looking to gain more confidence to tackle roots and drops, or smooth out your cornering for some serious speed, why not take the opportunity to brush up on your skills with a lesson or skills clinic?
We’re not all fitness freaks with endless energy. Mountain Bike Rotorua have the answer with their mountain bike shuttles. Public shuttles run regularly, or you can get a group together and charter a bus, or a 4WD vehicle to take you to the heights of the forest for nothing but downhill fun!
Intermediate to advanced riders will love the gondola assisted Skyline Rotorua Mountain Bike Park. Home to Crankworx World Tour, these trails are truly world-class, with the option for some serious good flow and no hills to climb!
Up your game in the air: If defying gravity floats your boat, Velocity Valley has the answer to get you some air! The Freestyle Airbag has different sized ramps to provide progression at all levels to practice jumps and tricks. You might even meet some of the pros while you’re there.
25km South East of the CBD is Rainbow Mountain. Grade 3 trails weave around the base of the mountain, or if you’re up for a tough climb, the summit awaits! It’s hard graft getting up the shared walking and biking climbing trail, but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views and an epic descent through some technical sections before sweet flowing single-track to the base. Rainbow Mountain forms part of Te Ara Ahi, part of the National Cycle Trail. Those looking for a more mellow experience will appreciate the shuttle service from Thermal Land Shuttle, with return transport from Waimangu Volcanic Valley or Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.
Love riding in Rotorua? Consider making a donation to the Rotorua Trails Trust. These guys keep the trail network in tip top condition, ready for action! They also run regular trail working bees for volunteers, so if you want to earn your turns, keep an eye on their social media channels.
You can’t beat a Rotorua post-ride ritual – Secret Spot Hot Tubs are based at Waipa Mountain Bike Car Park, private cedar hot pools tucked into the edge of the forest for the ultimate post-ride relaxation. Take a wine or a beer to the tub, or you can sit and enjoy a drink and some food while warming your feet in the Shinny Dips.
Then to town for a brew – Brew Bar on east street is the home of local Rotorua Croucher Brewing. Bikers will love the names and label designs of their range of craft beers.
Load up with the locals – Zippy’s café on Tutanekai Street has long been a favourite with local riders and visitors alike. Start your day with a caffeine fix, tasty bagels and some local advice on the best trails to nail.