This exciting new development is part of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail system, and it is already very popular. The trail gives just about anybody a chance to sample the best of the Whakarewarewa Forest, on trails circumnavigating the entire park.
The 35 kilometre route takes in views of three lakes, many different types of forest, and can be completed in a day or two, in various sections, or used to create loops of your own.
The trails that form the Loop are all Grade 1 or 2, meaning that careful riders will not be faced with any challenges they are not ready for.
The Loop is designed so that the start - finish is at the Waipa entrance to the forest, and is to be ridden in a clockwise direction. That doesn't mean you can't start anywhere else! It is to be ridden clockwise though, many segments are one-way trail for safety.
Waipa has all the amenities you might need, rental bikes, a retail store, cafe, toilets and showers, and a large carpark. There are even hot pools adjacent to the carpark!
The Loop climbs out of Waipa to a long traverse of the Tokorangi Pa ridge, with views of the city.