Whakarewarewa Forest is New Zealand's premier destination for mountain biking. © Mark Coker

Take to the mountain bike trails in Whakarewarewa Forest


The Whakarewarewa Forest, aka ‘The Redwoods,’ is 5500 hectares of magnificent native and exotic trees on the outskirts of Rotorua City. 

Popular with dog walkers, runners and horse riders alike, the Whakarewarewa Forest is perhaps best known for its expansive network of mountain bike trails. 

With unbeatable riding surfaces, versatile routes with varying topography, well-draining volcanic soils and fantastic scenery, the Whakarewarewa Forest is a premier riding destination.

Riders come from around the world to take on the 180 kilometres of evolving trails that wind through the forest in one of New Zealand’s oldest mountain biking networks. 

The trails cater for all levels of fitness and ability, ranging from the family-friendly kids' loop and grade two beginner trails, through to challenging tracks designed for experts only.

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