“I’m only working in the cafe when I’m needed, and to show my face so my staff don’t think I’m slacking off,” says local coffee shop ‘Zippy Central Cafe’ owner, Morgan Wilson.
“I am often out riding in the forest, surfing or out on the dirt bike,” when we asked about his sweet deal. Morgan chose Gunna Gotta, his most favourite trail in the Rotorua Redwoods Forest to guide us (school us) down.
Gunna Gotta, like chalk and cheese. One half has recently been logged, whilst the second half threads through the deep worn in ruts lined with iridescent green moss.
Give it time, and the trees will be back engulfing the buff new lines.
Morgan from Zippy Central has been riding here for years, and it shows.
Gunna Gotta is a bit of an oldie, and a real damn goodie. With recent logging activities, the top half of the track is unrecognisable to the track of old, but it’s another wonderful fresh beginning for the trail builders to sculpt and create a masterpiece of sweet singletrack.
Guys, girls, young and old. The forest is full of the widest variety of users, and the quality of talent and fancy equipment is astounding!
Mick pulls out of a whoppingly fast corner high up in the open section of Tokorangi.
We traded a local old hand on a rigid single speed for two young frothers from Planet Bike and headed over to Tokorangi for the second part of the day’s filming. We met Paul the uni student and Sam the triathlete for some mighty fast ripping down the sweet intermediate trail.
Paul, with a riding style reminiscent of Nathan Rennie.
Sam, mountain bike racer turned triathlete, calls Rotorua home and after a season living and racing in Germany returns to guide school groups and visitors around the blissful trails.
Graeme Murray, the bossy boots director, film producer and cheery local legend. Muzza Bobby would often be seen rubbing his hands with excitement when reviewing the footage – it’s good. Everyone seems to know Graeme that we meet out in the forest.
Day seven, our final day draws near. Maybe we needed to nominate Rotorua’s Top 40 trails, and we wouldn’t have to go home so soon?
If you want to catch up on the trip thus far check out the previous 6 days here:
Day 1 – Flow Has Landed
Day 2 – The Shredding Begins
Day 3 – Brings Rain in The Forest
Day 4 – How Can Life Here Be So Good?
Day 5 – The Fastest Way To Be Shown Up By a 16 Year Old