Replace the busy city traffic with quiet backcountry roads around Rotorua’s picturesque lakes. Leave your road bike behind and grab your gravel bike or mountain bike for an extraordinary weekend riding experience.
On day one, ride at your own pace to your evening accommodation at Mātatā on the coast opposite Moutohora Island with Whakaari/White Island puffing quietly on the horizon. The next day return to Rotorua via Rotoma, Rotoehu, Rotoiti, Okataina and Okareka.
The support vehicle will be nearby carrying your bags, for bike repairs, refreshments or to skip a section along the way. Join us for an unforgettable cycling weekend designed for cyclists like you.
At a Glance…
Price: NZD $425 inc GST. Add $230 inc GST if e-bike hire is required.
Dates: Sat 2nd – Sun 7th & 8th Dec 2024 Reserve a place.
Time commitment: 2 days
Who is it for: riders capable of 80-100 kms of varied terrain riding each day
Ride starts at: 9:00 am Hamurana, near Rotorua
Ride ends at: 5:00pm Hamurana, near Rotorua
Total kilometres: 185 kms
Accommodation: 2-bedroom, quality, cabin accommodation with bathroom & kitchen.
Bring a towel and sleeping bag or blanket.
Best bike: gravel bike, hardtail mountain bike, e-mountain bike
Surface: sealed road, gravel road, and forest sections.
Max number of riders on the trip? 14
Map, Route and Points of Interest Pins
The purple map pins and icons are points of interest, cafes etc, click for information.
Special note about the Okataina Western Walkway (19 km section, black line)
Please see the map below. Strong, skilled and fit riders can ride this track in a north to south direction (see black arrows). Other riders with be shuttled around to Lake Ōkāreka. There is a section at the beginning (800 meres from the Outdoor Education Centre) that you will not be able to ride. You will have to “hike-a-bike” for the better part of a kilometre. If in doubt, do not start this section. Sit it out with Peter in the van. Only ebikers with a “walk” function should do this track.
Escape the city traffic and explore the tranquil backcountry roads by bike on this low-traffic route passing eight of Rotorua’s 14 picturesque lakes along the way. Refresh at Okere Falls Store or The Drift Cafe, stop at Hamurana Springs or Okere falls and the remains of NZ’s second hydro station, enjoy an invigorating lake swim or shinny dip at The Secret Spot, ride through glades and forest… among other points of interest marked in purple pins on the map above.
Best of all, this remarkable two-day adventure allows you to experience all of these highlights without taking time off from work. Get ready for an unforgettable cycling experience that combines scenic beauty, active exploration, and convenient scheduling.
Book your 2-day Eight Lakes Adventure here
- secure parking for your car at our Rotorua base
- ride information & route notes
- 1 night cabin accommodation on a twin share basis
- meals. Day 1: dinner. Day 2: breakfast and lunch.
- carry your overnight bags forward
- support vehicle, near the riders about 80% of the time
- basic mechanical support & first aid
- e-bike hire
… what you provide: you ride, have fun, be awesome and see the less trod parts of NZ
The tour price does NOT include:
- travel to and from our base
- optional activities
- personal equipment (please bring a towel and sleeping bag)
- bike repairs requiring parts
- alcoholic drinks & random café stops
- emergencies (if required, we will arrange evacuation by helicopter or ambulance for serious injuries, but the cost is to be covered by you).