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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 greatly appreciated and will help your trail karma.
      source: Ride Rotorua
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      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, called Te Putake o Tawa has opened off Tarawera Road near Okareka Loop Road.
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      Region Details
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      • 11
      • 22
      • 7

      Region Status
      Open as of May 22, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      262
      Trails Mountain Bike
      240
      Trails E-Bike
      234
      Trails Hike
      108
      Trails Trail Running
      108
      Trails Horse
      61
      Total Distance
      198 miles
      Total Descent
      44,570 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,576 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,525 ft
      Reports
      9,617
      Photos
      3,887
      Ridden Counter
      214,467

      Photos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Mossy Loop
      24 |
      May 23, 2022 @ 4:36pm
      May 23, 2022
      trail: Katore Jumps
      132 |
      Jan 14, 2021 @ 10:29am
      Jan 14, 2021
      135 |
      Feb 14, 2019 @ 3:02pm
      Feb 14, 2019
      | 1 comments
      155 |
      Apr 24, 2017 @ 10:33pm
      Apr 24, 2017
      116 |
      Apr 24, 2017 @ 10:31pm
      Apr 24, 2017
      trail: Old Exit
      459 |
      Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:06am
      Mar 23, 2017
      trail: Old Exit
      578 |
      Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:06am
      Mar 23, 2017
      537 |
      Oct 9, 2016 @ 1:11am
      Oct 9, 2016
      | 1 comments

      Videos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

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

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Dual Slalom Track
      Jun 25, 2022 @ 2:41pm
      Jun 25, 2022
      DrydamosbikeIn really bad condition. Mud, puddles, holes
      Tuhoto Ariki
      Jun 17, 2022 @ 1:13pm
      Jun 17, 2022
      Prevalent MudrockrollVery wet in places
      Hatu Patu
      Jun 17, 2022 @ 1:13pm
      Jun 17, 2022
      Prevalent MudrockrollSome bad ruts after last weekend

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Buchanan Road Lower
      Jul 4, 2022 @ 4:31pm
      11 hours
      Unknown Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Mossy Loop
      Jul 4, 2022 @ 4:29pm
      11 hours
      Dry Trees cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Lookout Road
      Jul 4, 2022 @ 4:28pm
      11 hours
      Dry Tree Cleared CK/AFTracyRTT RTT
      Apumoana
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 9:03pm
      2 days
      Variable RussellBurton54
      Tank To Town
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 5:16pm
      2 days
      VariableTrail Running The trail is mostly clear. There are a...HagmanNZ
      Corners
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 6:55pm
      Jul 1, 2022
      Dry Drains water ruts and brake bumps last...evilroyslade RTT
      Billy T
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 4:15pm
      Jul 1, 2022
      DryHike Mudzy & Steph groomers! trail in...Mudzy
      Forest Loop, Mud Pool Link
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 1:59pm
      Jul 1, 2022
      IdealTeresaw
      Forest Loop - Arepa Section
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 1:59pm
      Jul 1, 2022
      IdealTeresaw
      Arepa Access Road
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 1:59pm
      Jul 1, 2022
      IdealTeresaw

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2795825Kiwi-mtbriddentrailTime Warp and 8 more
      Jul 5, 2022 @ 2:00am
      1 hours
      user #1461215mtb-tech-geekvotepoiGap Jump and 1 more
      Jul 5, 2022 @ 1:39am
      2 hours
      user #2759062TracyRTTaddreportLookout Road and 2 more
      Jul 4, 2022 @ 4:28pm
      11 hours
      user #3097508halgXNriddentrailWhāki Grade 3 and 2 more
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 11:25am
      2 days
      user #2762454MarcedeleurwishlistroutePlanet Bike 3-4hr Upper Intermediate grade 3/4 Loop
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 10:37pm
      2 days

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #923271donalducktrailKung Fu WalrusPretty good argument for making this a G5....
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 4:53pm
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #1461215mtb-tech-geektrailTe RuaUpper section is tight, muddy in the winter...
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 1:07am
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #1461215mtb-tech-geektrailTahi ExtensionA bit more singletrack on the side of the...
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 12:52am
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #1461215mtb-tech-geektrailRoller CoasterWide open steep DH sections and uphill climbs....
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 12:19am
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #1461215mtb-tech-geektrailK2Slippery in the wet
      Jun 25, 2022 @ 11:41pm
      Jun 25, 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 Bike240181 miles41,611 ft92 miles1,575 ft
      #7#13,5509,38813064,426
      E-Bike234179 miles40,236 ft90 miles1,575 ft
      #2#1318,649293,187
      Hike108105 miles14,380 ft44 miles1,545 ft
      #98#21396,4842254
      Trail Running108102 miles13,888 ft42 miles1,545 ft
      #92#21186,50552,939
      Horse6162 miles8,612 ft26 miles1,444 ft
      #89#2482,542115
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