The philosophy of the Rotorua MTB club is simple:
To bring the exhilaration of mountain biking to as many people as possible and to continue to make Rotorua a must-ride destination for mountain bikers from around the country and the world.
The RMTBC Club was formed at the start of the 1990s just as the first mountain bike specific trails began to appear in the Whakarewarewa Forest.
From those early, inspired beginnings – a 20-kilometre loop called the Challenge Trail – the club has overseen the development of a world-class network of around 180 kilometres, flowing and undulating through a unique landscape and environment, just minutes from town. We've got it all - from gentle grade one beginner’s trails, to grade three bermy flow, to techy natural forest trails and grade six national level downhill tracks that test the very best.
The RMTBC Club has partnered with Mountain Bike Rotorua and Peak Safety to provide a 7 day per week First Response Unit in the Whakarewarewa forest. This is a world class service which can, and will save your life, should you need them. The goals are to provide geographically informed professional medic service and speed up the extraction time from when the phone call (0800 WHAKA 1) is received to the patient being safe and/or on their way to hospital. On average they will be to you within 15 minutes. This does NOT take away from 111 or the rescue helicopter and if needed, call 111 as well. Constant communication with the ambulance team ensures that the First Response Unit safely get you to the nearest pick up point on the edge of the forest as quickly as possible. Look out for the blue buggy equipped with a Giant E-Bike - you never know when you might need it!
Part of the club's mission is to encourage everyone to climb on a bike and feel that same sense of joy that comes from riding a bike through the forest. This starts with them feeling safe. You know that if you are ever going to need them, the First Response will be there. If you ever need their help, 0800 WHAKA 1 is the number to call.
The First Response is funded by ACC and a range of trusts and supporters listed on our sponsor page. If your organisation is keen to contribute to safety in the forest by supporting the First Response Unit please get in contact.
Remember, the blue buggy equipped with a Giant E-Bike. 0800 WHAKA 1. Save the number, you never know when you might need it.
The outcome is that our city is now the premier, all-year-round mountain biking resort…in the world.