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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  • Riding area
  • 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)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Te Ranga Trail, Rainbow Mountain, New Zealand
Te Ranga Trail, Rainbow Mountain, New Zealand
14:20 | 136 | comments: 0 | favs:
Mar 30, 2018
Rainbow Mountain Trail New Zealand
Rainbow Mountain Trail New Zealand
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Mar 10, 2017
Rainbow fail
Rainbow fail
0:16 | 125 | comments: 0 | favs:
Dec 27, 2016
Love this easy flowy section

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Te Ara Ahi (to Highway)
Dec 6, 2018 @ 2:13pm
Dec 6, 2018
Needs weedeater reporter
Rainbow Mountain Summit Track
Nov 13, 2018 @ 12:27am
Nov 13, 2018
Te Ara Ahi
Oct 31, 2018 @ 11:37am
Oct 31, 2018
Trail has been cleared! but more or a intermediate/grade 3 track.
Te Ranga (Rainbow Mountain Trail)
May 31, 2018 @ 12:53am
May 31, 2018
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