Rainbow Mountain • Grade 4 - 5 • 10km

Rainbow Mountain is the home of a technically challenging mountain bike ride. Rainbow Mountain gets it's name from the multi coloured soil that is the result of minerals found in this geothermal area. The mountain bike track loop ride takes riders past green volcanic lakes, steaming cliff faces, red and yellow thermal banks, ancient native trees, thermal pools, and interesting plants that grow in the thermal soil.

The 10km mountain bike loop track is very technical and suitable for advanced riders only. This mountain bike loop track consists of 3 parts:

Te Tihi O Ruru  - the uphill section
Te Ranga - the downhill section
Te Ara Ahi - the traverse at the bottom
40 min North of Taupo on SH5
20 min south of Rotorua on SH5

The Rainbow Mountain mountain bike track is accessed from the car park on SH5.

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Below is the DOC map of the Rainbow Mountain loop track (Click to enlarge)

Cyclists can ride to Rainbow Mountain on Te Ara Ahi from Rotorua. Te Ara Ahi is a section of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network and takes riders passed a few great geothermal sites. Te Ara Ahi has few nice dirt trail sections while most of Te Ara Ahi (AKA: Thermal By Bike) is a paved cycle path beside SH5 in between Rotorua and Taupo. 

Te Ara  Ahi forms the link track that traverses around the base of Rainbow mountain to complete the loop from the end of the downhill track (Te Ranga) to the start of the climb track (Te Tihi O Ruru). 

Guiding: Tread Routes is your Central North Island mountain bike guide, we have the largest range of trails to choose from and offer the most options. Our expert guides will not only show you way and provide insight into our land, but also teach you some bike skills as we go. With our guided experience you can be assured that you are in the best of care while in our remote wilderness.

Bike hire: We provide high quality hard tail mountain bikes for $60 per day. Most of our hire bike are in the $1000 - $1500 retail price range. High end dual suspension bikes are available on request. For your enjoyment it is important that you hire the right size bike, so we are here to help. When you contact us to make your booking the right information to get you on the right size bike. Helmets are provided with bike hire.