8 miles
2,001 ft
-2,001 ft
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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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Rainbow Mountain Trail New Zealand
Rainbow Mountain Trail New Zealand
206 | comments: 0 | favs:
Mar 10, 2017
Rainbow fail
Rainbow fail
0:16 | 96 | comments: 0 | favs:
Dec 27, 2016
Love this easy flowy section
Heli Biking in Whistler on Rainbow Mt
Heli Biking in Whistler on Rainbow Mt
3:30 | 175 | comments: 1 | favs: 2
Nov 13, 2016
#whistlerblackcomb instructors take to the air. filmed using #gopro and a #3dr solo. #silent riders media #onthejob riders -Luke...

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Te Ranga (Rainbow Mountain Trail)
Mar 17, 2018 @ 2:53pm
2 days
Awesome condition at the moment. Watch it when you hit the fire road half way down, next trail sign is hidden in the bush
Te Ara Ahi
Jan 14, 2018 @ 11:16pm
Jan 14, 2018
Ridiculously overgrown. Totally unrideable.
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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