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Millmore Forest

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Millmore Forest provides 10km of hand-built trails, with 1-2 hours of predominantly easy, flowing singletrack. The Grade 3 family friendly trails are fun to ride and are situated in a beautiful stand of trees far from the bustle of traffic. Try riding The Big C, then link into the Throne trail for a fun warm-up ride.

Millmore is a versatile mountain bike area, where you can ride along for a couple of hours, or ride with the family and have some fun. The park is widely used by locals, and suits a wide range of abilities, with sections that are gentle if ridden slowly, however experienced riders can push themselves and add speed to make the tracks more challenging. Millmore is an excellent choice to add to your trip any time of the year. Jordan Perry is a local junior mountain bike racer and he told us the Millmore Mountain Bike Park offered some really fun all-season tracks.

I enjoy doing a long ride out there with my friends and having a bit of fun at the park. The scenery is great with the surrounding forest of tall trees.

Jordan Perry, local rider Share

The locals love this trail network. Perfect for a weekend ride, this is a great place to test the legs and fitness as you race around the forest trails. “We have been lucky enough to be allowed to build trails in Millmore Forest so close to town – only a 15-minute drive from Gisborne City centre," offered Gisborne MTB Club president Steferi Gordon. "We love our mountain bike park – hand-built trails the old school way!”

Insider Tips

  • To ride in Millmore Forest you need to be a member of the Gisborne Mountain Bike Club and have a permit from Kohntrol Forest Services. The best way to purchase a permit is by stopping in at one of the local bike shops, such as Bikeys Bicycle Shop or the Avanti Maintrax Shop.

Getting There 

The Millmore Forest trails are best accessed from Gisborne. Gisborne is a three-and-a-half hour drive from Rotorua (274km),and a four-hour drive from Taupo (332km). The trailhead start point begins approximately 2km along Manders Road, off Waimata Valley Road, which heads northeast off Back Ormond Road on the outskirts of town.

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Explore the region's other attractions with Tourism Eastland.

If you are looking for a guided ride experience, contact Gisborne Cycle Tours.

For the active traveler, you might like to include a section of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trails into your travel schedule.

Featured in the Lonely Planet, a great café in Gisborne is The PBC Café on the corner of Customhouse Street and Childers Road. There is free parking available just outside the café and it is also very close to the river walk and cycle trail that connects to the Waikanae walkway and cycleway along Waikanae and Midway Beach.

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