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      Whakarewarewa Forest on the southern outskirts of Rotorua contains one of the oldest trail systems in the country. These master crafted trails have an unbeatable blend of proximity to the city centre, riding surfaces, topography and they are surrounded by trees that have size and variety.

      In 2011 and 2012 a major revamp of some of the trails in the original core network began after extensive logging in the forest. The Rotorua Mountain Bike Club started the work and the Rotorua Trails Trust took this over in 2015. The Trails Trust builds, rebuilds and maintains the trails. They are doing this with great success - improving the flow and making great trails even better. It's a major investment of time and dollars - but excellent value for money.

      Some of the trails are also maintained by trail adopters and monthly volunteer working bees have all contributed to the work.
      Access to the forest is free for riders however, a donation to the Rotorua Trails Trust is great appreciated and will help your trail karma.
      source: Ride Rotorua
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: Yes
      Shuttleable: YES
      AKA: Redwoods Forest
      Land Status: Managed by Local Riding Association
      Tawa Forest Hub Carpark - Te PÅ«take o Tawa google parking directions
      Access Info:
      The forest has multiple entry points including Waipa and Tarawera Road.
      Waipa car park is on the south end of town off State Highway 5 and Waipa State Mill Road.
      A new car park is currently being build off Tarawera Road near Okareka Loop Road.
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      Bike Park Details
      • 60
      • 7
      • 49
      • 64
      • 9
      • 21
      • 7

      Region Status
      Open as of 9 hours
      Uplift Type
      Shuttle

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      244
      Trails Mountain Bike
      233
      Trails E-Bike
      230
      Trails Hike
      83
      Trails Trail Running
      85
      Trails Horse
      28
      Total Distance
      204 miles
      Total Descent
      44,711 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,568 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,493 ft
      Reports
      7,044
      Photos
      2,799
      Ridden Counter
      167,975

      Photos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

      30 |
      May 19, 2021 @ 12:47am
      May 19, 2021
      trail: Mossy Loop
      15 |
      Apr 24, 2021 @ 8:16pm
      Apr 24, 2021
      trail: Mossy Loop
      9 |
      Apr 24, 2021 @ 8:16pm
      Apr 24, 2021
      trail: Mossy Loop
      16 |
      Apr 24, 2021 @ 8:16pm
      Apr 24, 2021
      121 |
      Apr 24, 2017 @ 10:33pm
      Apr 24, 2017
      91 |
      Apr 24, 2017 @ 10:31pm
      Apr 24, 2017
      trail: Old Exit
      406 |
      Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:06am
      Mar 23, 2017
      trail: Old Exit
      515 |
      Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:06am
      Mar 23, 2017

      Videos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

      Failed bail to nose case of doom
      | Mar 14, 2021
      The MOA Man
      190 | Feb 6, 2021
      Stream crossing, SSWC2010
      trail: Rosebank
      235 | Nov 28, 2020
      roto
      1:15 | 720 | Jul 17, 2020
      EVS Rotorua MTB // GoPro MAX
      1:01 | 208 | May 18, 2020
      Sam Shaw Uses BrakeAce Brake Power Meter and...
      3:22 | 10927 | Feb 28, 2020
      Cheeky Overtake Goes Wrong
      trail: New Exit
      0:13 | 168 | Feb 4, 2020
      Redwoods
      0:53 | 1133 | Jan 24, 2020

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Tokorangi
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 9:07pm
      9 hours
      VariableMarkWestBike
      Double Down
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 6:36pm
      Jun 11, 2021
      DryAdmansevenTree down before wall ride
      Piglet
      Jun 4, 2021 @ 8:02pm
      Jun 4, 2021
      WetChellembirdVery big deep puddle at the intersection...

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Long Mile Road
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 8:54pm
      10 hours
      WetKrisOD RTT Cleared drain so large puddle would...
      Tokorangi Pa Road
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 7:47pm
      11 hours
      WetMichaelFleet Small tree down across trail, can...
      Upper Corners
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 5:31pm
      13 hours
      Variableevilroyslade RTT Cleared surface opened drainage cut back...
      Roller Coaster
      Jun 18, 2021 @ 3:48pm
      2 days
      Dryevilroyslade RTT Looked for tree trail is clear start to...
      Dragon's Tail
      Jun 18, 2021 @ 2:01pm
      2 days
      Dryevilroyslade RTT Tree cleared
      Chop Suey
      Jun 17, 2021 @ 11:13pm
      2 days
      VariableForestant Cleared drains amd veg growth
      Old Chevy
      Jun 16, 2021 @ 5:24pm
      Jun 16, 2021
      DryAdmansevenTree down, reported half way along.
      Grinder
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 5:49pm
      Jun 15, 2021
      Variablezachbonetti-nz
      Challenge DH
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 5:47pm
      Jun 15, 2021
      Idealzachbonetti-nz
      Arepa (uphill section)
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 5:45pm
      Jun 15, 2021
      Idealzachbonetti-nz

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2363580BB1963riddentrailEagle vs Shark - with picnic table
      Jun 20, 2021 @ 2:34am
      4 hours
      user #1213913MarkWestBikecommentreportTokorangi
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 9:50pm
      9 hours
      user #1213913MarkWestBikeaddreportTokorangi
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 9:07pm
      9 hours
      user #1563137KrisODaddreportLong Mile Road
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 8:54pm
      10 hours
      user #2754468MeynardriddentrailHemo Gorge Trail and 1 more
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 8:40pm
      10 hours

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1213913MarkWestBikereportTokorangitree down - a little bit hard to spot if going...
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 9:50pm
      9 hours
      user #993536wideopennewzealandtrailBox of Birds + Fluffy Duck linesI just rode two days in the bike park (usually...
      Jun 17, 2021 @ 1:21pm
      3 days
      user #1446870AdmansevenreportTauraYep, a couple of Tuesdays ago. Not sure whats...
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 11:53pm
      Jun 11, 2021
      user #1767522rockrollreportTauraHow old is the photo? Looks like the tree I...
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 9:55pm
      Jun 11, 2021
      user #390017evilroysladereportYellow Brick RoadAdded more width
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 4:25pm
      Jun 11, 2021

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      Local Badges


      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike233179 miles40,095 ft85 miles1,545 ft
      #6#12,5466,89911549,888
      E-Bike230178 miles39,852 ft85 miles1,545 ft
      #2#176,216261,587
      Hike83102 miles14,839 ft42 miles1,568 ft
      #138#31345,179129
      Trail Running85102 miles14,895 ft42 miles1,568 ft
      #133#3965,19531,713
      Horse2840 miles5,459 ft16 miles1,243 ft
      #196#1162,3279
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