Rotorua has over 90km of world-class mountain biking trails – all located in lush forests - that are popular with both amateurs and experts alike.
A mountain biker’s heaven with world-class tracks, Rotorua is an international mountain biking destination and hosts a range of national and world mountain biking championships, downhill and endurance events.
Rotorua is one of six destinations worldwide that has been awarded the most prestigious “gold-level ride centre” status by The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).
Biking is a natural part of life in Rotorua whether you’re exploring the region on a push bike; racing round the central city BMX track - rated one of the biggest and best in the country; training or competing on a road cycle; or mountain biking on the world-class trails.
The city hosts a number of national and international road cycling and mountain biking competitions, as well as a popular Rotorua Bike Festival every year featuring over 30 road, BMX and MTB events for biking fans of all ages and abilities.
With top grade cycling tracks and quiet country roads, this is the best way to explore Rotorua’s pristine lakes, native forests and magnificent geothermal sites.
Crowned New Zealand’s favourite place to cycle, Whakarewarewa Forest offers free access to over 145km of mountain bike tracks from Grade 2 (children/beginners) through to Grade 5 (competitive/experienced riders).
Built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, the epic trails wind through towering Californian Redwood trees and lush native bush.
Just a five-minute ride from central Rotorua, the forest offers an unbeatable blend of riding surfaces, topography and scenery and was rated the best in the Southern Hemisphere by Red Bull.
It doesn’t come any better than this with loads of MTB hire options, guided riding packages, shuttle services to transfer bikers to downhill tracks, on-site mechanics for servicing and quick fixes, and accommodation options offering bike washing and storage available throughout the city.
Skyline Gravity Park
Another 8.5km worth of world-class mountain biking is available at Skyline Gravity Park on Mt Ngongotaha towering above the city of Rotorua.
The world’s first year-round, gondola accessed downhill mountain bike park features six different tracks catering for riders of all abilities, and dedicated gondolas to take the hard work out of getting to the top of the trails’ 200-metre vertical rise.
Track highlights include a 300m jumps section and international-grade slope style and downhill lines.
Skyline Rotorua offers a range of gondola assisted bike passes, from half day to multi-day and season passes.
Less than half an hour south of Rotorua, experienced mountain bikers can enjoy a challenging ride through an amazing geothermal setting with a soak in a natural hot pool afterwards.
The Rainbow Mountain Bike Loop will take you up Mt Maungakakaramea and down again on tracks designed and built by trail professionals to provide an awesome ride in a unique setting.
The steep and technical climb is well worth the stunning 360 degree views you will be rewarded with at the summit, and the Grade 4 (Advanced) downhill ride will thrill and challenge your skills.
The trail exits at the Te Ranga geothermal stream (Kerosene Creek) where you can enjoy a hot soak and continue your ride on the Te Ara Ahi – Thermal by Bike cycle trail.
The Rotorua section of the New Zealand National Cycleway, Te Ara Ahi - Thermal by Bike is a two-day cycling adventure through a thermal wonderland offering close-up views of spectacular geysers, steaming vents and bubbling mud pools.
The 66km, Grade 2 (Easy) trail from Rotorua to Orakei Korako takes riders past four geothermal attractions to stop and enjoy along the way.
The trail starts in the beautiful Rotorua Government Gardens, and bikes are available for hire throughout the city.