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Whakarewarewa Forest - Waipa

Access Whakarewarewa Forest trails from the Waipa Hub


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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 but this one known as "Waipa hub" is the main one.

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 - Extensive sealed surface parking and several accessible parking spots. Gate Hours – 6am to 10.30pm. 24hr parking available

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

Food options

Trail kitchen with café type offerings. This building is on the left side of the carpark as you drive in and is open 9am-5pm daily.

The Secret Spot hot pools on the right hand side of the carpark. This is open from 9am to 10pm.

Bike services

Inclusive trails here

Soakhole Climb

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Tahi & Dipper

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Split Enz

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Forest Loop

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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 Waipa car park

  • There is usually plenty of parking

  • There are a number of cycling paths to get you to Waipa from across Rotorua


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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