Two days, two wheels unlimited fun
A mountain biking weekend in Rotorua
Two days, two wheels unlimited fun: Unbeatable, world-class mountain biking tracks, stunning scenery, and leisure activities galore – a mountain biking weekend in Rotorua has it all. Whether you’re a seasoned trailblazer, or a budding beginner, Rotorua has an unmatched blend of forest tracks, purpose-built trails, and mountainous terrain ideal for the novice through to the professional. Plus, as one of New Zealand’s premier tourism destinations, you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to relax and revive after your ride. Here are our top destinations to include on a mountain biking staycation in Rotorua.
Get on your bikes and ride
Described by Australian Mountain Bike magazine as the “world’s best mountain bike trails”, Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike Park is a must-do for any biker. Offering more than 200 kilometres of trail networks, these master crafted trails range from grade one to six and boast a thrilling blend of riding surfaces, topography, and awe-inspiring redwood forest.
Kickstart your adventure at Mountain Bike Rotorua. This team is dedicated to delivering top service with quality bike hire for all abilities and ages, including e-bikes and kids’ bikes. They can help you plan your trip, provide shuttles, and their retail store has all the riding gear you need, as well as onsite mechanics. If you really want to make the most out of your riding experience, there is nothing quite like a private 4WD charter in the bike park. Your professional driver will help you navigate the forest, dropping you at the top of a trail and picking you up at the bottom. It’s the best way to get a few thousand meters of elevation in a day without having to break a sweat.
Up on the northwest side of town, Skyline Rotorua’s Mountain Bike Park will provide the ultimate downhill rush. Home to New Zealand’s first gondola-assisted bike lift park, it also features a world-class 12-kilometre network of downhill mountain bike trails. These purpose-built trails are popular with amateurs and professionals alike, thanks to their mix of terrains for a range of abilities. From beginner through to advanced and even professional level, it’s the perfect place to come to challenge yourself at your downhill skills. In late summer, you can watch the pros take on the tracks at the world-famous Crankworx mountain biking festival.
For the ultimate weekend spent enjoying the outdoors and getting that all-important dose of nature, pitch up for the night at the Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park. Situated by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tikitapu, it’s a short drive away from the Whakarewarewa trails and handily located for both the Blue Lake walking track and the grade two Tangaroamihi mountain bike trail. There are plenty of accommodation options at the Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10, from powered campsites and motel units to self-contained units and cabins. All the facilities you need for a comfortable stay are here too, including a barbecue area, playground, recreation room for wet weather and a hot tub for soaking those tired muscles.
Feeling the pump from hours on the trails?
Visit Polynesian Spa for the ultimate post-ride rejuvenator: this iconic Rotorua bathing destination is a must-include on your weekend itinerary. Sore muscles and achy pains will melt away in their 28 hot mineral pools, which are fed by two different geothermal springs. The heritage-protected Priest Spring features acidic water historically known for relieving tired muscles, aches, and pains, while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring offer the antiseptic action of sodium silicate, which nourishes the skin.
Embrace the ultimate relaxation by including a luxurious spa treatment or book a dual massage and soak in one of their private hot pools afterward. You’ll come away feeling rested and ready for the next adventure.
Rotorua skyline.co.nz | 07 347 0027
Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
rotoruabluelaketop10.co.nz | 0800 808 292
polynesianspa.co.nz | 07 348 1328