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

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    6
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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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Icy
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
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  • Wet
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      Rainbow Mountain To Kerosene Creek
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      Te Ranga Trail, Rainbow Mountain, New Zealand
      Te Ranga Trail, Rainbow Mountain, New Zealand
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      Mar 10, 2017

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      Te Ara Ahi
      Mar 12, 2019 @ 7:36pm
      Mar 12, 2019
      Foliage control brush cutter and weed eater
      Te Ara Ahi (to Highway)
      Feb 2, 2019 @ 6:54pm
      Feb 2, 2019
      Vegetation over grown
      Rainbow Mountain Summit Track
      Jan 30, 2019 @ 12:34am
      Jan 30, 2019
      Track is fantastic . Best it's been in years and fully rideable if you've got the legs and the traction .
      Te Ranga (Rainbow Mountain Trail)
      Jan 11, 2019 @ 12:15am
      Jan 11, 2019
      Awesome track worth the climb. Would ride better for knowing what is coming up. Little bit over grown
      more reports »
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