Top 3 MUST DOs on your mountain biking trip to Rotorua

The spring school holidays are just around the corner and if you’re looking for ideas on what to do or where to go, here is a fantastic recommendation from a 12 year old boy:


My name is Cristian and I am 12 years old. I just turned 12 a few weeks ago and for my birthday my parents got me a mountain bike, my mum's birthday is close to mine so we got one for her as well. At the beginning we just cycled around the suburb but we were soon going to Rotorua for two days and decided to buy a bike rack so we could take our bikes with us. We found that the bikes stayed pretty well on the bike rack but because it was our first time going around with a bike rack on the back of our car we stopped to check our bikes a couple of times.

1. Family friendly hotel with mountain biking facilities

I strongly recommend Holiday Inn as the hotel to stay in because it’s very family friendly and so mountain biking oriented. They have a bike wash station and are very close to the bike trails so you can bike there yourself. Plus at the hotel they have a bike room where we could store your bikes safely.


2. The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest

When we woke up on Saturday morning we decided we were going to the bike trails. At The Redwoods, there are different trails to cater for all ages and skill levels. Stage one was the kids loop and was definitely achievable, but Stage two was clearly for the more experienced cyclist. We just managed to complete it, but we were really exhausted.

As we biked back we thought about going to the thermal pool at the hotel as it was nice, warm and conveniently placed. It was the perfect opportunity to just relax.


3. Breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted!

If you wanted to eat somewhere you could either go downstairs and have breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant or if you want to try something new I suggest you try Ciabatta Cafe and Bakery. Their hot dog is extremely long, tasty and can feed two people. For lunch we went to the Capizzi Pizzeria for a traditional Italian pizza and for dinner to the Irish pub called Hennessy for huge portions and friendly service.

I had so much fun and would definitely recommend buying a bike and make time these school holidays to go mountain biking!


For those of you who would like to try mountain biking, here is a list of things you need:

  • Towbar or roof racks mounted on your car (to transport your bikes).
  • Bike rack.
  • Helmet.
  • A bike with suspension is recommended so you can take on bigger obstacles and boost confidence.
  • Mudguards - these actually saved us from getting really muddy.
  • A bike pump will come in handy in case you need to inflate your tyres.
  • A phone or something to communicate or get an online / offline map on in case you get lost.
  • Front and rear lights so you can see where you’re going when it’s dark and be visible to others.
  • Water bottle.
  • Confidence, courage, strong will, positive attitude.”

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