8 miles
Distance
2,001 ft
Climb
-2,001 ft
Descent
2,427 ft
High Point

Rainbow Mountain is a great loop that is just south of Rotorua. For fantastic views make sure you do the little out and back at the top of the climb. For more descending think about hitting the top half of the Rainbow Mountain Trail a second time by climbing back up on the fire road to hit the best part of the trail a second time. After the descent you can jump into the thermal Kerosene Creek for an incredibly unique experience.

We have this ride starting and finishing at the pub and gas station off State Highway 5. Your car will be way more secure here and you can finish with a meal and pint at the pub.

Thanks to Bike Culture for helping to build this route.

For more details on riding in Rotorua and more route ideas check out the link in the sidebar.

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Rainbow Mountain Route - RideSpots.com mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,230 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,235 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,235 ft
  • Grade max
    -42.241%
  • Grade min
    55.842%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Love this easy flowy section
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Te Ara Ahi
Dec 13, 2017 @ 6:10pm
Dec 13, 2017
Damn should have read the reports. Absurdly overgrown between the Carosene Creek and the trail. Got a million scratches from the blackberries, had to start bending them to even get through. Damaged our shirts too.
Te Ranga (Rainbow Mountain Trail)
Sep 1, 2017 @ 10:34pm
Sep 1, 2017
Amazing track. First third is a little washed out but still ride able. The last 2 thirds are GREAT FUN
Rainbow Mountain Summit Track
Sep 1, 2017 @ 10:34pm
Sep 1, 2017
More walking than riding, but it has been wet and it was raining. Still worth it for the decent
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