Mountain Biking In Rotorua
Located in the central North Island, Rotorua is known for its highly active geothermal network, resulting in natural hotsprings and geysers. However with so many mountains and rivers, it also provides a rich playground for mountain bikers looking for trails that combine excitement and technical challenges with a fantastic scenic backdrop. There are some great trails that are accessible with a rental car bike rack, making it an easy region to explore. As one of the oldest mountain bike trail networks in the country, Rotorua has proven itself a favourite with cyclists for years, and there are plenty of options for beginners and families as well.
The Redwoods is a network of trails located in the Whakarewarewa Forest, and possibly the best choice for a one-stop mountain biking shop. The trails span 130km and are constantly changing, and are very well maintained all year round.
The National Downhill region is designed for extreme thrillchasers only, those with a significant amount of experience behind them. Providing an international standard of downhill race, you need to be good and quick, with lots of large jumps and drops to keep you on your toes.
The Inner Core Network is designed for beginner and intermediate riders, and is perfect for families. There’s a lot to see and do and it’s all fairly easy going, and you can carve out your own journey with multiple start and finishing points. It’s close to the cafe and gift shop, so you can relax and refresh yourself right after your journey.
The Tokorangi to Wash Network is for those who are getting past the intermediate stage, and want to build up their experience before taking on more advanced trails. There are long climbs, with many uphill, so you need a decent level of fitness to take these on. However the tracks themselves are fairly short and easy to access, so they’re good for practice and exploration.
Rotorua offers some excellent tracks for cyclists, catering to a range of skill levels to ensure there’s always a trail that will be both safe and challenging for you.
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