Rotorua is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the country. Visitors from all across New Zealand visit Rotorua year-round to enjoy the mountain biking action. There is a wide selection of mountain bike trails to hurtle down from beginner and child friendly trails to advanced fast-paced, downhill circuits!
No matter what your skill level or age, you will no doubt be able to find a suitable mountain biking trail to enjoy. Here is our pick of mountain biking activities for you try.
Mountain biking in the Whakarewarewa Forest is free to everyone and caters to all ages and abilities. The best place to start your day of mountain biking in the forest is via the Waipa mountain bike carpark off State Highway 5 (just a short bike from us here at Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park).
Of course, there are kids loop trails, beginner loops as well as fast-paced downhill trails with jumps and everything in between! The trails have weird and wacky names like Eagle Vs Shark, Hot X Buns and Be Rude Not To. Head to the Trail Forks website to read more information, find the grades of the trails and pick one suitable for your skill level.
Mountain biking in the spectacular Whakarewarewa ‘Redwoods’ forest is an absolute must do while you’re in Rotorua.
If you need to hire a mountain bike or a guided tour is more up your alley, don’t look past Planet Bike. They offer quality bike hire including E-Bikes and guided mountain bike tours in the Whakawerawera Forest.
If the thrill of downhill mountain biking excites you, then why not save your time and energy by getting a shuttle to the top? There are public shuttles operating daily taking you to the top of a number of trails in the Whakarewarewa forest. Visit the Mountain Bike Rotorua website for more information and shuttles times.
While we’re on the topic of exciting downhill mountain biking, we have to include the world-class downhill tracks at Skyline Rotorua. Home to Crankworx, the Skyline MTB Park has an all season Gondola assisted bike lift park and trail network with intermediate, advanced and pro trails. The mountain bike park has over 12km of trails and a pump track
Fancy a crack at those freestyle tricks, jumps & backflips? Now you can have a go with Velocity Valley’s Freestyle Airbag. Catering to beginners (8 years+) right through to professional riders, the downhill ramps and airbag provides safety and confidence to get out and practice those jumps! Riders must supply their own bikes, helmets and safety gear.
Because we are the closest holiday park to the internationally renowned mountain biking trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest we have lots of mountain bike enthusiasts stay with us regularly.
To accommodate our mountain bikers, we have bike storage and bike cleaning stations as well as a kid’s bike track for our littlest mountain bikers.
Our onsite free hot mineral pools are also a huge hit with guests who love to enjoy a soak, after a long day of mountain biking!