If you’ve been following this year’s Crankworx World Tour, you would’ve seen fans coming out in full force with vibes at an all-time high. The absence of spectators at Crankworx Rotorua 2021 was certainly missed, and we could not be more stoked to welcome back spectators onsite to Crankworx Rotorua this year.

Crankworx is set to land on the shores of Aotearoa from the 5th – 13th of November. Events will take place at Mount Ngongotaha, along with the welcome return of the Taniwha DH in the Whakarewarewa Forest. There have been plenty of updated course builds to freshen things up and push the riding to the next level. Fans will also have the unique opportunity to celebrate the season’s champions as Rotorua hosts the World Tour final, including crowning the King and Queen of Crankworx 2022.

Whether you’re coming for the riding, the good times, the gear, or all of the above, this year is one you won’t want to miss. Here’s a rundown of the action and how you can get amongst it.

Experience Crankworx Rotorua as a Spectator

Photographer: Kike Abelleira

Grab your ticket, grab your mates, and make your way to Rotorua for an epic week of riding.

Get up close to the action as international and local riders will descend on Rotorua to show us what they’re made of, in the final showdown of the 2022 mountain biking season. Riders will throw down all week long, with a stacked schedule including: Crankworx Rotorua Taniwha Downhill, RockShox Rotorua Downhill, Specialized Dual Slalom Rotorua, CLIF Speed & Style Rotorua, Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Torpedo7, TREK Official New Zealand Whip-Off Championships presented by POC and the Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Photographer: Clint Trahan

If you’re keen to level up your experience at Crankworx Rotorua, you may want to snap up some of the few remaining Premium Passes before they sell out! And just what is so special about the Premium Pass, you ask? Premium Pass holders get exclusive access to prime viewing locations (Ahem! The best seats in the house!), two drinks from the bar, pre-event nibbles, near-venue parking, and discounts on official Crankworx Rotorua merch! Premium Passes are available for the following events: Pump Track, Dual Slalom, Speed & Style, and Slopestyle. Get yours now before it’s too late! General Admission and Premium Passes are sold here.

Everyone also knows that it’s not aaaaaalll about the riding events at Crankworx Rotorua. Make sure you give yourself enough time to take a stroll through the expo zone. It’s where all the biggest brands meet in one place, giving you a chance to eye up some cool, unique bikes on display, and fun ways to get riders of all ages some promo prizes or a chance to meet their MTB heroes. The Crankworx Rotorua expo area is basically an event in and of itself with local food trucks cooking up a storm, epic gear to get your hands on, fun contests and top notch people watching!

Photographer: Jay French

Alongside the return of spectators this year, we’re excited to have Kidsworx back up and running. Get the groms out on a bike and see what they can do! Kidsworx gives the next generation of shredders a chance to get out there and learn about mountain biking skills while riding alongside all their mountain biking heroes. More info on getting kids involved in Kidsworx can be found here.

Join the Crankworx Crew

Photographer: Clint Trahan

You’ve got to do the mahi to get the treats! In 2020, 247 volunteers joined the Crankworx Rotorua team to help to help make it a success. Volunteers are the lifeblood behind the event and one of the reasons Crankworx Rotorua has continued year-on-year. There’s a wide range of volunteer positions to fill with flexibility to choose your schedule, so if you want to get involved, there’s likely something to get into!

Have we mentioned what you get for being a volunteer? Apart from kudos of being a key part of the world’s largest mountain bike festival, you’ll snag some official crew merch, snacks to keep you fueled, entry to the festival (when you’re not rostered on), an invitation to the wrap party, and the chance to win some epic prizes from our sponsors.

Sign-up to join the Crankworx Crew here.

Make the Most of your Time in Rotorua

Photographer Credit: Graeme Murray & RotoruaNZ

Whether traveling from near or far, there’s endless possibilities to make the most of your time in Rotorua. It’s a given that you’ll be grabbing your bike and heading out in the Whakarewarewa Forest for some laps, but if you’re after adventure, eco-tours, a relaxing day at the spa or just want to get out and explore the lakes, forests and geothermal wonders, we’ve got you covered. You can plan your whole itinerary including where to eat, drink, ride and explore here.

Catch the Action Online

Kialani Hines, Caroline Buchanan

Can’t make it to Rotorua this year? No stress, there’s always next year! In the meantime, you can tune in to the action live on on Pinkbike and Red Bull TV. We get it, time zones make for some early morning or late-night viewings, but with all the action we expect to go down, it’ll definitely be worth it.

Check out @crankworxrotorua on Insta and Facebook for everything happening pre, during and post event!