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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
      • 61
      • 7
      • 50
      • 66
      • 11
      • 21
      • 7

      Region Status
      Open as of 1 day

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      259
      Trails Mountain Bike
      240
      Trails E-Bike
      234
      Trails Hike
      106
      Trails Trail Running
      106
      Trails Horse
      57
      Total Distance
      198 miles
      Total Descent
      44,793 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,576 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,525 ft
      Reports
      9,304
      Photos
      3,744
      Ridden Counter
      209,740

      Photos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Taura
      18 |
      May 14, 2022 @ 11:47pm
      May 14, 2022
      trail: Katore Jumps
      120 |
      Jan 14, 2021 @ 10:29am
      Jan 14, 2021
      131 |
      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
      533 |
      Oct 9, 2016 @ 1:11am
      Oct 9, 2016
      | 1 comments

      Videos of Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike

      tuteata Otb bar clip concussion
      trail: Tūteata
      76 | Apr 20, 2022
      Hot X crash
      trail: Hot X Buns
      79 | Apr 6, 2022
      Split Enz Crash
      trail: Split Enz
      128 | Dec 22, 2021
      MTB Girl meets handle bars
      | Nov 14, 2021
      Crashed on the big step down
      202 | 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
      Little Red Riding Huck
      May 16, 2022 @ 7:10pm
      1 day
      DryTracyRTT RTT Closed From the skid road through to the...
      Eastern Spice
      May 15, 2022 @ 4:07pm
      2 days
      Drycaseyking rocks
      Larch Road
      Apr 28, 2022 @ 10:25pm
      Apr 28, 2022
      DryKrisOD RTT This trail may be CLOSED WEEKDAYS, 4am to...

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Mā Te Wā
      May 13, 2022 @ 5:46pm
      May 13, 2022
      Dry Filled in holeevilroyslade RTT
      Mad If You Don't
      May 13, 2022 @ 5:44pm
      May 13, 2022
      Dry Tree clearedevilroyslade RTT
      Underbilly
      May 11, 2022 @ 10:40pm
      May 11, 2022
      Ideal Trail running nice...Mudzy
      Billy T
      May 11, 2022 @ 10:38pm
      May 11, 2022
      Ideal Trail running nice...Mudzy
      Pipeline Road
      May 11, 2022 @ 7:47pm
      May 11, 2022
      Variable mowed trail exits tuatere te ruru...mikethemoa
      Lion Trail
      May 11, 2022 @ 7:43pm
      May 11, 2022
      IdealChecked Track as part of a hike around...Physeder
      Challenge Exit
      May 11, 2022 @ 7:19pm
      May 11, 2022
      Dry Tree Cleared CK/AF/RATracyRTT RTT
      Chop Suey
      May 9, 2022 @ 2:23am
      May 9, 2022
      Ideal Cleared drains debri and vegetationForestant
      Box of Birds + Fluffy Duck lines
      May 8, 2022 @ 10:52pm
      May 8, 2022
      Dry Raking leaf litter.Crawd
      Forest Loop - Arepa Section
      May 6, 2022 @ 8:58pm
      May 6, 2022
      Ideal Had a near miss with riders rolling down...rockroll

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #902514trailforksaddvideoKung Fu Walrus @ Whakarewarewa Forest. Rotorua
      May 18, 2022 @ 3:00am
      58 mins
      user #2064477Muzza63riddentrailGunna Gotta and 14 more
      May 18, 2022 @ 1:58am
      2 hours
      user #2759062TracyRTTaddreportLittle Red Riding Huck
      May 16, 2022 @ 7:13pm
      1 day
      user #832735AlexlarariddentrailHot X Buns (extra top bit) and 1 more
      May 16, 2022 @ 12:42pm
      2 days
      user #3047016Ray-LukewishlisttrailEagle vs Shark - with picnic table and 6 more
      May 16, 2022 @ 1:19am
      2 days

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #2276822SamwaktrailTe Ahi ManawaAwesome. Like snowboarding the best run...
      May 14, 2022 @ 1:41am
      May 14, 2022
      user #1563137KrisODreportKung Fu WalrusAlso old. Phone just synced
      May 5, 2022 @ 4:16pm
      May 5, 2022
      user #1563137KrisODreportNursery RoadThis is old and just uploaded
      May 5, 2022 @ 4:15pm
      May 5, 2022
      user #2759062TracyRTTreportMossy LoopThank you
      May 5, 2022 @ 1:10pm
      May 5, 2022
      user #2759062TracyRTTreportLion TrailThank you
      May 5, 2022 @ 1:09pm
      May 5, 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 Bike240182 miles41,860 ft93 miles1,575 ft
      #7#13,4149,08112963,548
      E-Bike234180 miles40,486 ft91 miles1,575 ft
      #2#1318,351292,929
      Hike106104 miles14,590 ft43 miles1,545 ft
      #98#31396,3131231
      Trail Running106101 miles14,094 ft42 miles1,545 ft
      #89#21136,33642,812
      Horse5760 miles8,435 ft25 miles1,444 ft
      #87#2462,507115
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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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