Biking Whakarewarewa

Mountain biking
Mountain bike enthusiasts list the trails in New Zealand’s Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest near Rotorua as among the best in the world. I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but based on my experience there I wouldn’t disagree. More than 50 miles of trails run through the forest in a seemingly endless series of loops that climb into the mountains and provide terrain for experts and newbies alike. I showed up on a day when the temperature hovered around 50 degrees Fahrenheit and a pelting rain made it feel a lot colder than that. Despite the misery, I spent the better part of the day there, returning cold and muddy but exhilarated.

The trails run through what is essentially a forestry plantation so, in addition to meeting up with other cyclists and hikers, I came across a few logging trucks. The staff at Mountain Bike Rotorua where I rented my gear explained that the logging and mountain biking communities have, over time, formed a symbiotic relationship. Apparently the ideal way to promote a healthy forest aligns with how mountain bikers like to ride. I took their word for it.

Some technical problems (I forgot to press the “on” button) meant I wasn’t able to capture the more dramatic runs on my GoPro, but I was able to salvage one clip.

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  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr…
    well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just
    wanted to say great blog!


  2. That’s one cool ride!

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Leni Johnston

Photographer, Environmentalist, Problem Solver, Traveller


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