Proudly supported by:

The definitive where-to-ride guide for cycling in New Zealand

Te Ara Ahi ... 'Go Thermal by Bike'

New Zealand Cycle Trail

Rotorua, North Island

Planning on riding Thermal by Bike? Check out our One Day experience that includes transportation back to Rotorua and hard tail mountain bike hire. 

Te Ara Ahi
is a two day Great Ride that extends 74 kms from Rotorua to the thermal area of Orakei Korako on the Waikato River. This Grade 2 trail takes in the best of Rotorua's thermal activitity and is suitable for all levels of cyclists.

The Great Ride will take riders through four of the world's most unique geothermal areas. Cyclists will first pass Whakarewarewa - a Maori village and an area of hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools. After passing the Whakarewarew Forest with its towering Californian Coastal Redwoods, cyclists will pass Green Lake and Waimangu and continue on to Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland where they will spend the first night.

Day One: Rotorua to Waiotapu: 48 km, 4 - 6 hours

From Rotorua, the Thermal by Bike trail starts on Queens Drive, opposite the Rotorua i-SITE. From here, head east on Queen Street and follow the Cycle Trail signs around the edge of the picturesque Lake Rotorua. After about 6 kms, you'll arrive at the the historic Whakarewarewa Māori Village. From the village, head south past Te Puia, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, through Hemo Gorge to the entrance to the fantastic Whakarewarewa Mountain Bike Park. There is a cafe here as well as access to hundreds of kms of custom built single track.

From the mountain bike car park, ride 50 m along the highway to the start of the recently built concrete cycle path. This path runs alongside the highway for several kilometres (aprox 30kms) providing for smooth and easy riding. The trail follows Waimangu Road to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, which is 31 km from Rotorua.

After leaving the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, continue along Waimangu Road, past the Lake Okaro picnic area as far as State Highway 38. Take care crossing the highway (there is an underpass currently in construction - March 2013) and follow the off-road cycle path around Rainbow Mountain to Kerosene Creek. Kerosene Creek is a great spot to park up the bike and soak away the days pains in a natural thermal pool. Parts of the trail are steep here and there may be some walking fo inexperienced cyclists. 

It's only a quick ride along the gravel road to Waiotapu where you finish your first day. There is a cafe, old hotel and a honey shop here. Here you can either spend the night or arrange for transportation back to Rotorua or Taupo.  

Day Two: Waiotapu to Lake Ohakuri :  26 km, 2 - 3 hours

After leaving Waiotapu, follow the Waikite Valley Road for about 5 km to the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools (where there is camping available). Continue on 1.5 km past the thermal pools and turn left onto Te Kopia Road and follow this past the Paeroa Thermal Bluffs and on to Lake Ohakuri. The Department of Conservation plans to develop a picnic area where the trail meets the lake.

The cycle trail ends at Lake Ohakuri. From here you can organize a shuttle back to Rotorua or to Taupo.

Photos

  • pathway of fire
  • Picture 1
  • Picture 2
  • Picture 4
  • Picture 5
  • Thermal by Bike
  • Pathway of FIre2
  • Kerosene016
  • Rainbow017

Post your comment

Comments

  • In the most glorious international match in volleyball history, Cuba beats the U.S. 3-2 (17-15, 15-7, 11-15, 9-15, 15-10) for the IX Pan American Games gold medal in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in August 1983; the nation's first Pan American medal in 16 years.

    Posted by volleyball, 22/09/2014 7:25pm (7 hours ago)

  • nice blog

    Posted by Liver transplant in gurgaon, 10/09/2014 9:50pm (12 days ago)

  • I really appreciate the research you put into it.

    Posted by Hospital in gurgaon, 10/09/2014 9:49pm (12 days ago)

  • Artemis Hospital, spread across 9 acres, is a 350 bed, state-of-the-art multi-speciality hospital located at Gurgaon, in the Capital Region, India. Artemis Hospital is the first JCI and NABH accredited hospital in Gurgaon.

    Posted by Hospital in gurgaon, 10/09/2014 9:48pm (12 days ago)

  • This is such a great information for me, because i do an online job thats why i need fast Internet connection, i search how to bost internet speed then ireach at a right place

    Posted by cigs coupon codes, 10/09/2014 1:01am (13 days ago)

  • This is 7 olive oil for hair benefits : 1. Prevents Hair Loss 2. Get Rids of Dandruff and Head Lice 3.Improves Hair Strength Naturally 4. Makes Hair Shiny and Soft 5. Improves Blood Circulation in Scalp 6. Promotes Scalp Health 7. Tames Frizzy Hair
    source :

    Posted by olive oil for hair, 09/09/2014 11:09pm (13 days ago)

  • You actually think nearly the same as I actually do and I am pleased I found your article.

    Posted by cara memakai jilbab, 09/09/2014 11:08pm (13 days ago)

  • This is 7 olive oil for hair benefits : 1. Prevents Hair Loss 2. Get Rids of Dandruff and Head Lice 3.Improves Hair Strength Naturally 4. Makes Hair Shiny and Soft 5. Improves Blood Circulation in Scalp 6. Promotes Scalp Health 7. Tames Frizzy Hair
    source :

    Posted by steam mop reviews, 09/09/2014 11:07pm (13 days ago)

  • What to Look for in a Steam Mop : A reputable brand, Weight, Handle design and length, Mop head, Indicator Lights, Covers, On and off switch, Warm-up time, Attachment. Source

    Posted by steam mop reviews, 09/09/2014 10:31pm (13 days ago)

  • Guar protein offer a wide selection of products for your specific requirements.

    Posted by Organic animal feed, 28/08/2014 10:58pm (25 days ago)

1 2 3 next »

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments