Te Ara ahi cycle trail is 48kms long and can be done in 1-2 days, or you can do what we did and use it to access other trails or the city.
From our base at Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park we hopped on the trail to
- cycle into Government House and Polynesian pools. Easy riding through active thermal areas (keep to the track they say!!)
- access the Waipa carpark and the Whakarewarewa Forest Loop
Embark on a journey shaped by fire and culture on the earth’s active crust which has been ripped apart and now gives glimpses into its belly at seven steaming geothermal fields, craters and lakes.
The trail is suitable for beginners near the city, and more experienced riders further south where it becomes forested singletrack. The trail can be ridden all year, in both directions, and consists of a couple of distinct sections that can be biked as short half day excursions, or combined into a 1-2 day trip.