Cycling & Mountain Biking

Rotorua is a world-famous mountain biking haven


At the southern end of town, a network of internationally renowned mountain bike trails totalling nearly 200 kilometres in length is located in Whakarewarewa Forest, aka “the Redwoods Forest”.
We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but in 2015 the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) awarded Rotorua with their most prestigious gold-level Ride Centre™ status. In 2019, IMBA reconfirmed and renewed our four-year status as being one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations. There are currently only six gold-level IMBA Ride Centres in the world. That’s right: In. The. World.
Expertly built and crafted to suit everybody, the network offers trails for absolute beginners through to extreme downhill competitors, and for any fitness level. There’s even a super-fun, easy-access Kids Loop made especially for the littlies, but it’s also a great introductory trail for newbies to work out the wobbles before graduating to entry-level trails.
Don’t worry if you didn’t bring bikes and helmets, or if you have zero experience on a mountain bike. A number of quality bike shops with very helpful staff who are passionate riders make it easy to hire what you need and find the right trails to suit your experience. Give it a whirl, you’d be Mad If You Don’t*!

A world first

Skyline Rotorua is home to New Zealand’s first all-season Gondola-assisted mountain bike lift park, accessing world-class downhill mountain biking. Gravity Park’s 8.5-kilometre network has a variety of trails to suit most skill levels. There are six mostly downhill trails emerging from the top of the gondola, ranging from Grade 3 to 5. Home to Crankworx Rotorua and UCI World MTB events, the park has become a must-do for keen riders.


Other well-beaten tracks

Other top destinations for mountain bikers are Rainbow Mountain, Moerangi Track, Western Okataina Walkway, Whirinaki Forest Trails, and Te Ara Ahi Thermal by Bike. All are excellent trails in individual ways, so it might be tough to pick and choose. Have a look at the RideNZ site for helpful information to help you to pare down your list – if you must.



Lest you think we’re bike-ists and favour only those with dual suspension and luggy tyres, we must mention other two-wheeled options you can use to see the sites. Segways, cruiser bikes and e-bikes are popular ways to cruise the streets in comfort and style, all offering educational guided tours of Rotorua.
Riding Te Ara Ahi Trail is a great option if you’re a cycling enthusiast and looking to give the legs and lungs a solid workout. Te Ara Ahi, which means pathway of fire in te reo Māori, takes you past geothermal areas, beautiful lakes and forests, and significant historical and cultural sites.
The trail usually takes up to two days to complete, but you can cut it short and turn around at any point. Read more about it here.
*Mad if You Don’t is one of the myriad quirky and sometimes head-scratching trail names in the network.

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Planet Bike Mountain Biking

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Planet Bike offers freedom bike hire, mountain bike tours for first timers to expert, Bike Fx, Bike Bitz'n spares, trail information & maps, as well as 'Coffee 2 go'. Planet Bike are principal sponsors of the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club.

$35 NZD
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours provide a guided bicycle adventure around central Rotorua. You'll ride at your own leisurely pace to 27 key historical, geothermal and cultural sights.

$2500 NZD
Central North Island MTB Tour

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

We specialize in multi day mountain bike trips around the Central North Island of New Zealand. With great guides, comfortable transport and accommodation, we will give you the best experience possible. Fully guided trips depart from Rotorua.

BK Tours and Transfers Rotorua / Coromandel /Napier / Taupo / National park / Hobbiton / Waitomo

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Tours / Rotorua / Coromandel /Napier / Taupo / National park / Hobbiton / Waitomo Personalised tours in and around Rotorua. Pick up available from cruise ships, regional airports, accommodation and the Rotorua i-Site and Visitor Centre.

Skyline Rotorua Luge and Gondola

Cycling & Mountain Biking, North

Skyline Rotorua is an all-weather attraction, and is open every day of the year. Operating hours are from 9am daily until end of restaurant operations each night.

$55 NZD
Skyline Gravity Park

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Skyline Rotorua is now home to New Zealand's first year-round Gondola assisted bike lift, accessing world-class downhill mountain biking.

$130 NZD
MDA Experiences

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Our Exclusive Tours create the perfect excursion tailored to our guest, including a personal guide, complete privacy and the best we have to offer at MDA Experiences.

$495 NZD
HeliBike Rotorua

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Heli-Biking, Heli-Running and Heli-Hiking in the fantastic Whirinaki forest, The Timber Trail, or the Waikato River Trail

Adventurers Travel Company

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

We create custom adventure holidays to New Zealand that are tailored to you. For your skill and fitness level and importantly your budget. We organise everything for you, so you don't have to do a thing. Let us take out all that research. Just tell us what you love doing and we'll work with you to create your perfect NZ holiday.

$95 NZD
Mountain Bike Lessons

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

If your are looking at improving your riding you have found the place to do it. With trails ranging from total beginner to advanced there is something for every level of rider. Bring your bike and gain some new found confidence.

$299 NZD
New Zealand Mountain Biking - Whirinaki Forest

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Come with us and ride through some of New Zealand's best ancient native forest on meandering mountain bike trails. This full day trip includes guide and transport, food, and bike hire. We can take it nice and easy close to the road, or we can go all out and fly deep into the heart of the Whirinaki!

$129 NZD
Mohawk Ebike Tours

Cycling & Mountain Biking, Central

Immerse yourself in New Zealand's wild bushlands, saddled on an electric-assisted mountain bike. Discover hidden waterfalls, picturesque lakes and historic artifacts on our daily tours and let our friendly guides take care of the rest.