Whakarewarewa Forest
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

At a Glance

Trail Overview

Fire road
Singletrack
Trail Network

Riding Styles

4X / Dirt Jumps / Pump Track
Cross Country
Downhill

Grading

Green (Easy) Blue (More difficult) Black (Very difficult) Double Black (Extremely difficult)

Trails Maps Available From:

Trail Head
Information Centre
Local Bike Shop

Facilities

Trails are well marked
Water at trail head
Toilets at trail head

Mobile Coverage

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Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest (most people call it Whaka) is one of the oldest and best developed trail systems anywhere.

Beginning at least 25 years ago there are now about 130kms of singletrack covering every style of riding you would like to do. Generally, though, the emphasis is on flow, and not super technical. The forest is generously shared by the maori land owners from Tuhourangi and Ngati Whakaue, and the forestry company Timberlands. The Rotorua Mountain Bike Club creates and maintains the trails with support form Rotorua District Council and Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

At the trail head on State Highway 5 just south of town there is bike rentals, cafe, information and more at Mountain Bike Rotorua. Southstar Shuttles operates a 400m uplift service to at least 30kms of downhill and XC downhill trails that lead back to the shuttle pickup. They operate weekends and some evenings in summer. There are many days worth of riding in the forest.

Here is a video of just one of the trails.

The Te Tihi O Tawa

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Finding the Trail Head

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Signposted off State Highway 5, a few kms south of Rotorua.

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Nearby Bike Shops

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink

  • Zippies
  • Capers
  • Pig & Whistle

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