Rotorua's Cycleway Project
Posted on Thu., Dec. 15, 2011
Rotorua is well known world wide as a mecca of mountain biking. With many kilometres of sweet singletrack and a community of passionate riders, the future continues to look bright for the region.
And it is playing its part in the National Cycleway project with Te Ara O Ahi - Pathway of Fire - the Rotorua leg of the National Cycleway.
This cycle trail is being developed between Rotorua and Orakei Korako and is a Grade 2 (easy) cycle trail.
Taking in some beautiful scenery the trail will travel 74 km of forest, countryside and geothermal features between Rotorua and Orakei Korako, incorporating some of the world's most unique geothermal areas, outstanding landscapes, pristine lakes and exotic forests.
Linking four established geothermal attractions: Te Puia (New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute), Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Orakei Korako, these areas are a must-see for many visitors to New Zealand and for the domestic visitor market. They all have cafés, souvenir shops and other amenities, and each is rich with Maori history and folklore.
The purpose of this cycle trail will be to provide an opportunity for cyclists to safely ride southward from Rotorua to Orakei Korako over two days, while visiting some of the most unique thermal attractions in New Zealand. Te Ara O Ahi will offer an accessible single or multi-day experience that would appeal to touring cyclists and cycling holidaymakers as well as offering an alternative experience for mountain bikers (both locals and visitors).
A key driver of demand for this cycle trail is Rotorua's position as one of New Zealand's main tourism destinations for both international and domestic visitor markets. The proposed cycle trail also has potential to be a complementary ride for Rotorua's regular mountain bikers.
The cycleway is in the process of being built and progressing well , the first contract has been awarded and construction work on the Waikite Valley Road section was completed around August 2011 , and the cycleway completed is planned to be completed by April 2012.