Bay of Plenty
The Redwoods - Whakarewarewa (Rotorua)
3km S of Rotorua | Beginners to advanced | 1 - 4 hours | View Whakarewarewa map (GIF, 6 KB)
Some of the best purpose-built mountain bike tracks in New Zealand make this the ‘Disneyland’ of mountain biking!
With around 90km of trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest to choose from, families will find something to suit everyone. The beginners’ trail is a half hour ride down gravel road and singletrack. Others include the Blue Lake trail (13km of wide track and gravel road); and the Circuit Trail, which is like a 4km-long BMX course. Riding is free, but you can purchase a map from the visitor centre. There are plenty of other activities to choose from, including short and long walks, orienteering, picnics and exploring the visitor centre. For more information visit the Redwoods website.
Oropi Grove (Tauranga)
5km S of Tauranga | Tricky | 1-2 hrs (up to 15km)
This mountain bike park has heaps of really good singletrack. To get there, go down Oropi Rd off Highway 29 to the car park, and then plan your ride at the map board. The area isn’t too big and it is all forest and singletrack with only a tiny bit of gravel road, so you’re unlikely to get lost.
Cougar Mountain Bike Park (Tokoroa)
Mossop Road, Tokoroa | Easy to difficult, depending on the trail
This excellent new facility replaces Big Rock MTB Park. Off road forest tracks make this home for a number of mountain biking events, with tracks to suit all levels and abilities.
Try searching Tauranga City Council's City Zoom for great local tracks and trails.