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Whakarewarewa Forest - Te Pūtake o Tawa

Access Whakarewarewa Forest Trails from Tara Road, Rotorua


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Whakarewarewa Forest, also known as The Redwoods, is a mecca for mountain bikers. With over 150 kilometers of continually evolving trails, Rotorua is renowned as a premier riding destination. The forest offers master-crafted trails with varying topography, unbeatable riding surfaces, and fantastic scenery.

There are trails here that suit everyone from beginners, young children and family groups to experts seeking extreme action.

There are several entrance points to the forest, however Te Pūtake o Tawa entrance is the newest one and is a short drive from the city on the way to the Blue Lakes.

The Blue Lake is a few minutes away for a refreshing swim at the end of the day.

The 'Tawa' park is the easiest place to access shuttle services in the forest.

Thanks to Rotorua Trust for supporting this work

Know before you go...


  • The forest is also used for walking and horse riders

  • On shared use trails watch and listen for other users and give way

  • Do not ride trails that are dedicated for walking or horse riding

  • Follow trail arrows, ride in the direction indicated by track arrows and avoid shortcuts

  • Stay on designated tracks. Forestry roads are multi-use - be cautious of forestry vehicles

  • Be prepared, carry maps, food, water, clothing, tools, and first aid appropriate for your ride

  • Emergency Numbers: Call 0800 WHAKA1 for First Aid support


  • Parking - Several accessible parking spaces. Gate Hours - 6am to 9pm

  • Toilets - There are two accessible toilets and showers near the car park

Food options

  • There are two outlets here - one is mainly coffee, the other offers burgers

Bike services

Inclusive trails here

Forest Loop

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Split Enz

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Storm Trooper

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Getting there

  • By car click here to get driving directions to get you to the Tawa car park

  • There is usually plenty of parking

  • If you cycle here from Rotoura, it would be safer to use the mountain biking trails than riding on the road


There are plenty of accomodation options available which are an easy riding distance from Waipa.

The Destination Rotoura site covers many of the options including hotels, camping grounds and holiday homes.

Several booking sites including AirBNB can filter results by specific accessibility features.


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