You must be feeling left out, seeing friends post experiences on social media of places they visited while biking. Having acquired a Mountain bike and the necessary gear, you need a guide to help you explore New Zealand’s exciting biking world.
Take a look at these places we’ve sampled to get you started.
The Whaka Forest
The Whakarewarewa Forest is a five minutes’ drive from Rotorua or one hour drive from Taupo. The trail offers 160KM that has a mix of forestry with volcanic soils providing a great course to bike. The forest offers relatively gentle tracks for beginners and the most challenging steep terrains for advanced and adrenaline addicts. Due to its rich and diverse 5600 hectare area, it has been awarded the gold level by the International Mountain Biking Association.
The Pakihi Track
This is an adventurous route connecting Motu and Opotiki through the Otara Valley. The track has two sections; a 24km gravel road and a 20km single track. The beauty of this track is you enjoy nature to the brim. Some of the notable features include the legendary Pakihi Hut, Pakihi Suspension Bridge, river line trails, rock or boulder trails and running trails for leisure and walking. This track has been in existence since 1906, and it has been developed over time, making it worthwhile trying out.
The Great Lake Trail
This trail is found in the western shores of Lake Taupo and also cuts across the Tongariro National Park. This trail is perfect for beginners and intermediary bikers as it offers an enjoyable all-weather track. It is graded level 3. A rider can plan for 2-3 days of experience sampling stunning views of Lake Taupo and enjoying the forest serenity.
This is a 48km track found at the end of Olkaroro Road and also next to Whitford Forest. The terrain is a difficult level with meanders, roots on the way and other sweeping and concave bends.