Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Rotorua’s ‘The Redwoods’ voted NZ’s favourite place to cycle

Rotorua’s ‘The Redwoods’ voted NZ’s favourite place to cycle

New Zealanders have voted Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest - popularly known as ‘The Redwoods’ - as the country’s favourite place to cycle.

The competition to find New Zealand’s most popular places for biking was run by Bike Wise New Zealand which called for Kiwis to nominate their favourite spots around the country – including national cycleways, off-road mountain bike tracks and daily commute paths. Over 200 nominations were received.

Based on the number of votes received a top five was whittled down from the list and Bike Wise NZ then asked people to vote for their favourite cycling place, with Rotorua’s ‘The Redwoods’ coming out on top.

Rotorua District Council’s Sport & Recreation Strategy portfolio lead, Councillor Charles Sturt, said the Whakarewarewa Forest was home to one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country.

“‘The Redwoods’ area is very popular throughout the year. With over 140 kms of trails there is something for riders of all abilities - from beginners and young families to experts looking for thrills and spills.”

Oscar Nathan, general manager of the council’s tourism unit, Destination Rotorua Marketing said Rotorua had become the mountain biking mecca of New Zealand.

“We’ve got single-track trails that have been voted as some of the best in the world. You only have to see the number of people heading into the Redwoods every weekend to see how much of a driver for visitors the trail network here is.

“Our research tells us that Kiwis are drawn by natural attractions and activities like our lakes, forests, geothermal pools and mountain bike trails. So it’s good to see that word is getting out there about the fantastic mountain biking we have in Rotorua.”

One person who nominated Whakarewarewa Forest and The Redwoods extolled the virtues of being able to ride the tracks with young children.

“The range and variety of trails is almost inexhaustible, which means my grandson, who is now 10 years old, has been able to ride with me since he was six years old when I bought him his first mountain bike. We share fantastic stories and memories together; oh, and I turn 56 this year.”

Bike Wise NZ’s top five favourite cycling places in New Zealand were:

Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest (The Redwoods); Hauraki Rail Trail; New Plymouth Coastal Walkway; Port Hills in Christchurch; and the Otago Central Rail Trail.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news