Rotorua prides itself on being a world-class mountain biking destination. The Redwood Whakarewarewa Forest, one of the oldest mountain biking networks in the country, has over 90km of master-crafted, downhill and cross country trail. Other rides around Rotorua take you through some of the country’s most stunning geothermal areas. The scope of riding here is substantial and tracks cater more than adequately for all ages and abilities.
The North Island’s adventure capital, and renowned for mountain biking. If hot springs, bubbling mud pools and dramatic geysers don’t wow you, the world-class rides will! Rotorua hosts many MTB champs, the annual Crankworx Rotorua Bike Festival, and is one of just six areas in the world awarded ‘Gold-level Ride Center’ status.
Over winter, even the hardiest and most stubborn of mountain bikers, yearns for the sunshine. With dry trails beaconing for summer, and the ability to walk into a pub post ride, without leaving behind a trail of mud, my riding crew and I decided to celebrate the best way that we could think of: a road trip to Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s premier mountain bike destinations, for the 2W Enduro Gravity race.
Whirinaki forest is one of my most favourite places in New Zealand. I have been countless times but I never get sick of it. The forest, also called dinosaur forest, is absolutely stunning with it's vast biodiversity from tiny ground cover to giant podocarps to make the perfect home for Whio (Blue Duck), Kaka, Toutouwai (North Island Robin) and many other native birds.