Want to get down and dirty in New Zealand's version of Vegas? This itinerary is the ultimate weekend escape to the perfectly groomed trails and thermal wonderland of Rotorua.
- Harriet Beaven, of Auckland, explores a section of trail in Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand. Photo: Derek Morrison
- A trail follows a stream in the Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand. Photo: Chester Boyes
- Trek World Racing's Justin Leov rides Kataore Trail in the Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand. Photo: Derek Morrison
From gondola-accessed jump lines on the flanks of Mt Ngongotaha to the shuttle-assisted singletrack heaven of Whakarewarewa Forest, this itinerary is packed with mostly descending trails. It's good to be balanced though so test yourself with a spin to the summit of Rainbow Mountain and a lap through the Jurassic-era Moerangi Trail. Recharge each night with a therapeutic thermal swim followed by a culinary feast that you'll find on Eat Streat in town. This weekend is so good that you may even have to tack on a "sick" day.