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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 Pūtake 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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      Region Details
      • 63
      • 7
      • 50
      • 67
      • 11
      • 21
      • 7

      Region Status
      Open as of 1 day

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      262
      Trails Mountain Bike
      243
      Trails E-Bike
      237
      Trails Hike
      109
      Trails Trail Running
      109
      Trails Horse
      60
      Total Distance
      198 miles
      Total Descent
      44,793 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,576 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,525 ft
      Reports
      9,390
      Photos
      3,815
      Ridden Counter
      210,310

      Photos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Mossy Loop
      3 |
      May 23, 2022 @ 4:36pm
      3 hours
      trail: Katore Jumps
      121 |
      Jan 14, 2021 @ 10:29am
      Jan 14, 2021
      132 |
      Feb 14, 2019 @ 3:02pm
      Feb 14, 2019
      | 1 comments
      152 |
      Apr 24, 2017 @ 10:33pm
      Apr 24, 2017
      115 |
      Apr 24, 2017 @ 10:31pm
      Apr 24, 2017
      trail: Old Exit
      453 |
      Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:06am
      Mar 23, 2017
      trail: Old Exit
      570 |
      Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:06am
      Mar 23, 2017
      534 |
      Oct 9, 2016 @ 1:11am
      Oct 9, 2016
      | 1 comments

      Videos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

      tuteata Otb bar clip concussion
      trail: Tūteata
      82 | Apr 20, 2022
      Hot X crash
      trail: Hot X Buns
      82 | Apr 6, 2022
      Split Enz Crash
      trail: Split Enz
      131 | Dec 22, 2021
      MTB Girl meets handle bars
      | Nov 14, 2021
      Crashed on the big step down
      205 | Sep 19, 2021
      Nailed it
      151 | Jul 31, 2021
      Failed bail to nose case of doom
      | Mar 14, 2021
      The MOA Man
      242 | Feb 6, 2021

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Larch Road
      May 23, 2022 @ 2:29pm
      5 hours
      VariableTracyRTT RTT Tree Cleared by Timberlands But still...
      Long Drive Road
      May 23, 2022 @ 2:22pm
      5 hours
      DryTracyRTT RTT Tree Cleared (Moa) But this trail may be...
      Little Red Riding Huck
      May 16, 2022 @ 7:10pm
      May 16, 2022
      DryTracyRTT RTT Closed From the skid road through to the...

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Kung Fu Walrus
      May 24, 2022 @ 6:46pm
      -83281 sec
      Variable Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Sweet N' Sour
      May 24, 2022 @ 6:44pm
      -83161 sec
      Dry Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Buchanan Road Upper
      May 24, 2022 @ 6:38pm
      -82801 sec
      Dry Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      The Tickler
      May 24, 2022 @ 4:24pm
      -74761 sec
      Dry Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Taniwha National DH
      May 24, 2022 @ 4:22pm
      -74641 sec
      Dry Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Creek
      May 24, 2022 @ 2:21pm
      -67381 sec
      Dry Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Mossy Loop
      May 23, 2022 @ 4:36pm
      3 hours
      Dry Garrincha
      Feeder Grade 2
      May 23, 2022 @ 2:54pm
      5 hours
      Variable Adopter - Cleanup post storm. Vegetation...TracyRTT RTT
      Tuhoto Ariki
      May 23, 2022 @ 2:36pm
      5 hours
      Ideal 2 trees cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Moonshine
      May 22, 2022 @ 7:13pm
      1 day
      Variable Cleared vegetation and debrisMitchPW

      Activity Feed

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      user #2759062TracyRTTaddreportBuchanan Road Upper and 2 more
      May 23, 2022 @ 6:40pm
      58 mins
      user #2866912Garrinchaaddphoto in My City
      May 23, 2022 @ 4:36pm
      3 hours
      user #2866912GarrinchaaddreportMossy Loop and 1 more
      May 23, 2022 @ 4:30pm
      3 hours
      user #2759062TracyRTTaddtrailBuchanan Road Lower and 2 more
      May 23, 2022 @ 3:38pm
      4 hours
      user #2759062TracyRTTupdatetrailBush Road Trail and 6 more
      May 23, 2022 @ 3:28pm
      4 hours

      Recent Comments

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      user #2759062TracyRTTreportTe Kōtukutuku Extension@B1ewDZt: Thanks so much
      May 22, 2022 @ 4:46pm
      1 day
      user #2593362B1ewDZtreportTe Kōtukutuku ExtensionHi, it looks to be right at the start of the...
      May 22, 2022 @ 4:43pm
      1 day
      user #2759062TracyRTTreportTe Kōtukutuku ExtensionThanks very much for the report. Can you...
      May 22, 2022 @ 4:04pm
      1 day
      user #2018264Dannz87trailDragon's TailTree down just past skid site blocking trail
      May 21, 2022 @ 2:58pm
      2 days
      user #1213913MarkWestBikereportBox of Birds + Fluffy Duck linesThis is on the main trail, not Fluffy ducks,...
      May 20, 2022 @ 3:00pm
      May 20, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Te Ara Ahi 32.1 km
      Skyline - Rotorua 1 4 5 55.3 km
      Rainbow Mountain 111.8 km
      TECT All Terrain Park 1 717.9 km
      Cougar MTB Park 6 19 120.3 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike243182 miles41,860 ft93 miles1,575 ft
      #7#13,4809,16512963,732
      E-Bike237180 miles40,486 ft91 miles1,575 ft
      #2#1318,431292,938
      Hike109104 miles14,590 ft43 miles1,545 ft
      #99#31396,3491234
      Trail Running109101 miles14,094 ft42 miles1,545 ft
      #89#21186,37242,828
      Horse6060 miles8,435 ft25 miles1,444 ft
      #87#2462,520115
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      • whakarewarewa forest activity log | embed map of Whakarewarewa Forest mountain bike trails | whakarewarewa forest mountain biking points of interest

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