Redwoods Downhill

Redwoods Downhill

Giant ferns above, dirt gold below – get ready to get amongst some quintessential Rotorua terrain and kick off international downhill racing season at the all-new Redwoods Downhill race at Crankworx Rotorua. Part of the first weekend of Crankworx action, the race will take place on Sunday, March 18 in the famed Whakarewarewa Forest, following one of the area’s classic tracks. The Taniwha Trail (also known as the National Downhill) was originally built in 1994 by Rotorua’s MTB pioneers and features the full gamut of all that’s good in a downhill track, from technical steeps to big jumps and drops. The addition of the race to the Crankworx Rotorua roster adds another option for downhill specialists to make their mark on the first stop of the Crankworx World Tour, while giving racers, and fans, an opportunity to get loose and loud amidst the towering Coast Redwoods that dominate the area’s famed forest landscape.



Saturday March 17
3:00pm - 4:00pm Redwoods Downhill Track Walk Waipa
Sunday March 18
9:00am - 2:30pm Race Practice Taniwha
2:45pm - 5:00pm Redwoods Downhill Taniwha

Event Information & Formats

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Entries are no longer refundable / transferable.


Waipa Whaka Forest
Saturday March 18 | 4pm-6pm
Sunday March 19 | 8am-1030am

Pro (open) and Amateur (age classes) . Men and Women.
Minimum age 13 (year of birth 2005)

Full face mandatory

7:00am - 50 Seater bus will be at Waipa, with 2 shuttle vans with trailers for extra capacity.  When bus is full or nearly full will head into the bottom of DH.  Vans will fill up and then do continuous shuttles.


7:00am - 2 vans with trailers at 8 Mile Gate.  They will run continuous shuttles to bottom of DH until 8 Mile Gate carpark is full,  vans will shuttle from Waipa as the road will be closed and traffic will be diverted back to park at Waipa.

8:00am - 28 seater bus will be at Waipa, when full or nearly full will head into forest.  Will still have vans doing continuous shuttles.

8:45am Vans to deliver riders to top of the hill.  1 or 2 vans to remain as Waipa shuttles depending on demand of event.

At event end, all vans doing continuous shuttles from Bottom of DH - 8 Mile Gate - Waipa

5pm. Taniwha
(top 3 from each category)

PRIZE MONEY: $5500 NZD total


Contact for more information: or visit the Athlete Info page.