Pack your bags ladies we’re heading on down New Zealands North Island to some of the most epic trails in the world and fresh air…
Hold up that doesn’t smell so fresh… is that rotten eggs…. oh, no its that distinct smell of Rotorua’s sulphar.
So hold onto your knickers is time to add some more fun and adventure back into your life.
If you’re into mountain biking in New Zealand or your looking to come check out our sweet as country then there’s a good chance you have heard about how epic the riding in Rotorua, let me tell you it’s every bit a rad as you hear.
XC, Enduro, Downhill, beginner, weekend warrior or you live, eat, breathe and dream about your next MTB fix, there is everything to ride to fill your happy tank!
So if you’re planning a trip, here’s my quick guide to riding Rotorua.
#1 The Redwoods aka Whakawerawera
This is the heart of all the riding in Rotorua.
No matter what you’re riding jam, you’ll come away from a day of riding amongst the forest here with a big smile on your dial.
With more than 150kms of mountain biking trail loop options for you to choose from and explore you can’t go wrong.
Either hit up the crew at either Mountain Bike Rotorua on Waipa Road, Planet Bikes on Waipa Bypass Rd, for all you biking needs!
Whether its bike mechanic support or hire they have it covered and of course nobody knows the trails better that a local, so ask them for the best trails to go a play on.
If you need to fuel yourself before or after a ride the Waipa Cafe is onsite and has some of the best espresso, smoothies and food (my fav is currently the veggo quiche).
Now if you’re not so into riding up the hills, check out the South Star shuttles service.
Throw you bike on the purpose built trailer and jump on the bus for a short ride to the top.
From there it’s all down baby…. when you get to the bottom, just jump back on the bus and do it all again… boom!
ANNND Best of all these guys run a Ladies Twilight shuttle every Fortnight on a Wednesday evening from the Hill Rd gate during during daylight savings.
So bust out your baking skills and you knee pads and join them for some fun!
If you like the idea of being shuttled up and riding down all day long till ya legs and hands take it anymore, then you are gonna fall in love with the gondies.
Skyline Gravity Park – the world’s first all season gondola accessed MTB park and home of the annual Crankworx Rotorua Festival.
There’s no shortage of trail goodness here and the gondies take the hard work out of the park’s 200-metre vertical rise.
Take your pick of 4 beginner, 3 intermediate, 5 advanced trails, and if you think you can handle it one bad ass pro line.
My favourite trail of the day was defiantly Hipster, each time you ride it you just get faster and faster… so go check it out at let me know what you think.
And as of May 2016 in association with LIV Cycling, SKYLINE Rotorua, and MOUNTAIN BIKE ROTORUA there’s a free fortnightly pump track session on a Sunday from 1pm – 3pm… can I get Hell yeah!
This is so freaking rad and a great chance to have some fun with just the girls, and increase your skills on a bike, so go get amongst it.
#3 Rainbow Mountain
Let’s just say for this trail the climb up is worth the view from the top and well worth the ride down!
Rainbow mountain is about 20 mins south of Rotorua on SH5, and can be accessed from the carpark on the side of the road or
if you’re keen there is a cycle path all the way to the start which is part of Te Ara Ahi trail so if you are up for it you can cycle from the Redwoods.
Although its only around a 10km loop from the start of the trail on SH5 the climb to the top may challenge you as its a Grade 4.
Im more a down the hills kinda girl vs grinding it up a hill but managed to ride 2 thirds of the way up still, so if uphills are your thing… go nuts.
Once your at the top of the trail make sure you do the final little climb to the very top before heading down the exit trail and soak up the epic 365 degree views.
From the summit you take the Te Ranga trail (grade 4) down.
The first third is a challenging descent. The bottom two-thirds is through stunning bush and is more like grade 3.
It is a sweet piece of track and heaps of fun to ride.
At the bottom you pop out at Kerosene Creek you can link back up to the carpark via the Te Ara Ahi trail (grade 2).
So there you have it my quick guide to riding Rotorua.
But if you’re making your way down to this mountain biking mecca, with that faint wiff of sulphur, you have to go and have a soak in one of the naturally geothermally heated streams like Kerosine Creek.
Access is free to this perfect post ride wind down.
Now there are no excuses for laying around on the couch with the bullshit story of there being nothing to do this weekend.
I’m all about getting women like you out and doing more cool shit in your lives.
Whether it’s ticking adventures of your Bucket List, Vision Board or Some Day List…. For me it’s all about filling your happy tank up so you can feel alive and IN life, not just watching it pass you by.
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Have a kick ass day