Rotorua is famous for its cycling options and events and the team at Tuscany Villas can point you in the right direction for some of the local options. We provide secure bike storage and bike wash down for our guests.
Walking, running, mountain biking, horse riding at whatever level you like- It's all here in this magnificent forest and right in the town.
Just minutes from the Town Centre is the Whakarewarewa Forest. The forest trails have made Rotorua the mecca of New Zealand Mountain biking, attracting thousands of people from all over New Zealand and the world, each year. Wind and weave your way through a lush forest of towering Redwoods, Radiata Pine, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus and Larch. Awesome water, mountain and thermal scenes break through the undergrowth, urging you on. Rolling beginner trails, fast-flowing single track to more technically challenging cross-country trails and exhilarating downhill.
The New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Ride, Te Ara Ahi - Thermal By Cycle
This trail offers a 48km adventure through a thermal wonderland of steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers. Between the trail heads at Rotorua and the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, this cycle trail takes riders to four significant geothermal fields: Whakarewarewa, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waikite Valley Thermal Springs. Each has its own unique geothermal features, including rare flora and fauna, and is rich in Maori history and folklore. Possibly the most famous of these is the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, located next to Te Puia (the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute). Here you will also find Whakarewarewa Village, which has existed for over 700 years and is home to many families of the survivors of the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. Other unique features along the trail include the Lake Okaro restoration project (re-established wetland), Rainbow Mountain, Te Ranga Hot Pools and the Waikite Geothermal Field. Most of the geothermal areas are well established tourist attractions, with a wide range of amenities such as cafés, souvenir shops, toilets and bike storage facilities. We recommend you take at least two days to ride this trail.