On the first day, riders head out from Rotorua through the famous Whakarewarewa forest before riding along the Western Okataina Walkway, a challenging mountain-bike track that often involves a bit of hike-a-biking. After this, you follow quiet gravel and back-country roads down to the coast, where you camp at the DoC campground in Matata right by the beach.
On the second day, the route takes you to Te Teko and Rerewhakaaitu. If you're just doing the two days, you then head back along the Te Ara Ahi cycle trail to Rotorua, but if you're riding three days you'll head over the hill and camp at the Waikite Valley Hot Pools, enjoying a soak and a meal at the café.
If you're just doing 2 days, you also have the option of camping at Waikite Valley with the 3-day riders, then riding the 30 km back to town the following morning.
For the 3-day riders, the last day involves riding out to Tokoroa, then back up to Mamaku via South Road, before heading back down the hill and following the Ngongotaha cycleway to Rotorua.◀ Back