Cycling In New Zealand: Meet The Whakarewarewa Forest

Ride a mountain bike, run or hike on specially built trails in a spectacular forest just 5 minutes south of Rotorua city center.

Known by locals as “The Redwoods,” the 55,000-ha Whakarewarewa Forest is a playground for mountain bikes, hikers, climbers and horsemen set amid magnificent aisles of gigantic native and exotic trees. Is its local namesake-the Californian grove of giant coastal Redwoods, which rise 60 meters into the sky.

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Rotorua is a mountain biking mecca in New Zealand. With the Red Bull classification, the Whakarewarewa tracks are among the eight best in the world, and the Australian magazine Australian Mountain Bike Magazine claims to be the best. Discover for yourself what it is to explore the 145 km labyrinth of over 60 trails that cater to everyone from beginners to professionals. Created in partnership with experienced cyclists using mountain bikes, the tracks have names like Check It Out, Gunna Gotta, North Face, The Tickler and Be Rude Not To.

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Tracks cross through native ferns under the canopy of Redwood Forest, Radiata, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus and Larch. Once at the top, cyclists can enjoy a panoramic view of Rotorua’s beautiful lakes, geothermal activity and the incredible Mt. Tarawera. Bicycles can be hired in the city and bike rides on the guided trail are available at itypeauto for cycling water bottles.

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For those who are walking, there is a variety of hiking and running trails on offer. Choose from simple circuits to all-day hikes; Most of them begin in majestic Redwood Grove.Going a little further will take tourists through a wide variety of native plants and exotic trees, before being rewarded with the spectacular view of Rotorua.

With these good trails, cyclists do not need to stray to the other jogging and walking trails, so there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy this magnificent forest in their own way.