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What has 10,000 wheels and smells like eggs?

What has 10,000 wheels, smells like eggs and takes 10 days to hatch? Welcome to the Rotorua Bike Festival where everyone dines on a steady diet of laughter, cycling and loads of fun in the summer sun.

Staged in one of the world's great all-season mountain biking resort towns each February, Rotorua unashamedly reveals its cycling obsession throughout the festival. From kids events to BMX races, to movie nights (featuring cycling movies of course), to wildly fun events – some even held down the Rotorua Airport's runway between flights – to some more adventurous gravity races, there is something for every type of rider at the Rotorua Bike Festival. If you're planning a cycling holiday in New Zealand then the Rotorua Bike Festival is a great time of year to be in the region. 

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Fun and games at the Rotorua Bike Festival. Photo: Rotorua Bike Festival/Allan Ure

The brainchild of an incredibly passionate throng of cyclists, the Rotorua Bike Festival is now in its fifth year and continues to grow and develop in size, character and the sheer volume of smiles it creates. The 10 days are loaded with events that are designed to slot in around your daily exploration of the famous Whakarewarewa singletrack network, the gondola-assisted trails of Skyline Rotorua, the local cycle trails (Motu Trails, Hauraki Rail Trail, The Timber Trail and Waikato River Trails are all within easy reach) and the adventure trails dotted throughout the region.

The much loved Ride the Runway is back for another year for families and kids to test themselves where Boeing passenger planes land and take-off. A Frocks on Bikes fashion show is slated for Valentine's Day while a dedicated electric bike event has made its way into the programme for the first time in 2017. There are even some serious events for more adventurous such as the 2W Gravity Enduro and the Rotorua8 – both prime events for watching the sport's stars riding the local trails. Want to be the next Conor Macfarlane? Try your hand at the Agroventures Big Air event where you can send it big time into the safe clutches of their new Freeride Airbag. Or just chill out after a few days of singletrack, wining and dining, with an all-new meditative biking experience. Yep, this one's designed for those who like to relax and contemplate.

The 2017 Rotorua Bike Festival is being held from Friday, February 10 until February 19, 2017. You can see the full list of events right here: www.rotoruabikefestival.com.

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