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Whakarewarewa Forest

Mountain Biking Rotorua: top trails & competitions

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Rotorua, known as one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations, boasts a network of nearly 200 km of mountain bike trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest, consisting of expertly built trails crafted to suit everyone, from absolute beginners (there’s even a kids’ loop) through to extreme downhill competitors, and for any age and fitness level.

There are lots of other options around Rotorua too – including at Skyline Rotorua


Crankworx, the annual mountain biking festival and world competition first came to Rotorua in 2015. Top riders from around the globe compete for world titles in a variety of downhill and trick events on Mt Ngongotahā. Crankworx Rotorua is now held annually in November.

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Rentals: Mountain Bike Rotorua (map entry location) Te Putake O Tawa, Tarawera Road, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand

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Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by XPinger (Chris Sutton)