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MOUNTAIN BIKE ROTORUA SHUTTLES 
TEMPORARY OPERATIONAL CHANGES. SEE BELOW:
MOUNTAIN BIKE ROTORUA SHUTTLES

Mountain Bike Rotorua Shuttles is the provider for forest uplift services in Whakarewarewa. We take pride in offering a friendly service with knowledgable staff using a modern and more environmentally friendly fleet than we have seen before in the Forests of Rotorua.

Our options for forest shuttles are:

Public Shuttle - Operating daily (extreme weather, harvesting or event dependant), our public shuttle service uses our modernised fleet of buses to transport customers from the intersection of Hill and Pipeline Roads to the top of a number of trails near the summit of Tawa Hill (Tawa Rd). Updates are provided on our Facebook and Instagram channels.

 

First WHAKA WAKA pickup of the day is from Wheelhouse Coffee Shop (Te Puia Southern Carpark) leaving at 10am, then Waipa Mountain Bike Carpark leaving approximately 5mins later, with the operational times being:

LOGGING OPERATIONS FROM 2 NOVEMBER 2023 (UPDATED 4DEC23)

Felling is taking place on Tawa Rd weekdays generally between 8am and 4pm. During these times there is NO access to Tawa Rd and all the trails that it services (Taniwha, Te Mounga, Corners, Eagle vs Shark, Tuhoto Ariki etc.). This means our Main Hill Shuttles can't operate on our normal route. However, while the felling is taking place, we will continue operations as follows:

Katore Rd Public Shuttles

Mon-Wed - 10am-3pm

Thurs-Fri - 10am-7pm

 

Main Hill Public Shuttles

Sat-Sun - 10am-4pm

 

Tawa Public Shuttles 

Sat-Sun - 10am-3pm

 

Katore Rd Public Shuttles pick up from our queueing area at the intersection of Pohaturoa and Nursery Roads (end of Challenge etc.) and drop off at the top of Katore Rd (start of Gonna Gotta etc.). Shuttles are generally a 15min turnaround.


We also have an additional TAWA WAKA service that operates Saturdays, Sundays and school/public holidays 10am-3pm from the new Te Putake o Tawa Carpark on Tarawera Rd, Rotorua. The pick up location is at the forest entrance from Te Putake o Tawa Carpark and drops at the intersection of Hill and Direct Rds (bottom of Frontal Lobotomy). The time frame from pick up to pick up again is generally 15-20mins for the bus, so does 3-4 uplifts every hour.

Tickets can be purchased from either of our bikes shop (Tawa Bike Shop or Waipa Bike Shop) or on the main Hill Rd shuttle buses (Whaka Waka). Please note that the Tawa Waka does not have ticket sales available however it is a 200m walk or ride to the Tawa Shop from that particular pick up point.

Tawa Public Shuttles

10am-3pm Sat-Sun and Holidays

 

Prices: 

1 Lift Pass - $15

5 Lift Pass - $60

10 Lift Pass - $90

20 Lift Pass - $150

50 Lift SOLO RIDER Pass - $240 (10 runs shareable)

50 Lift Pass - $300

All passes are Shareable (excluding the Solo Rider), Non-Refundable and prices include GST. Use of the shuttles is at your own risk. While Mountain Bike Rotorua Shuttles has made a significant investment to develop an efficient and safe uplift system, we will not accept liability for damage of equipment while using our services.
 

Private Bus Charter - Our fleet of buses is also available to charter privately. Carrying 24 passengers within the forest, private charters can be booked for use on the same route as the Public Shuttle option. For bookings or enquiries email shuttles@mtbrotorua.co.nz

 

3 hours - $750

6 hours - $1,500

All bookings are subject to our standard booking conditions and prices include GST. Use of the shuttles is at your own risk. While Mountain Bike Rotorua Shuttles has made a significant investment to develop an efficient and safe uplift system, we will not accept liability for damage of equipment while using our services.

 

Private 4WD Charter - One of the most amazing ways to enjoy as much as the forest as you can in a short amount of time, our Private 4WD Charters allow customers to access most of the trails available via either our Squad Waka or Battle Waka. Want one of the best experiences you can have mountain biking, then book your private 4WD charter now! For bookings or enquiries email shuttles@mtbrotorua.co.nz

Prices:

Battle Waka (up to 4 riders) - $140 per hour (minimum 3 hours)

Squad Waka (up to 9 riders) - $180 per hour (minimum 3 hours)

All bookings are subject to our standard booking conditions and prices include GST. Use of the shuttles is at your own risk. While Mountain Bike Rotorua Shuttles has made a significant investment to develop an efficient and safe uplift system, we will not accept liability for damage of equipment while using our services.

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