Cycling Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua. © Vaughan Brookfield

Te Ara Ahi: geothermal by bike


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In Rotorua, you can have the unique experience of cycling through active geothermal fields.  

The Te Ara Ahi cycle trail is one of the 22 Great Rides that make up Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. A leisurely 47km, easy to intermediate trail that can be tackled over one or two days, Te Ara Ahi takes in the best of Rotorua. 

Beginning in the central city and skirting past the Sulphur Flats of Lake Rotorua, the trail passes by many of the region’s most famous geothermal highlights, including Whakarewarewa and Te Puia. 

Take a detour into the Whakarewarewa Forest or stop in at one of the many natural hot pools or sites with bubbling mud. 

Other trail highlights include the pretty section along Puarenga Stream, the wetlands at Lake Okaro, or for experienced riders, the technical trails up and back down Rainbow Mountain. 

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