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Southstar Shuttles


Southstar Shuttles uplifts mountain bikers to the top of Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua so you can ride down hill all day on some of New Zealand’s best trails.

There are a variety of trails from cruisy Green trails like Corner’s Track to black diamond options such as the Taniwha National Downhill Track. There are over 30km of trail that can be mixed and matched to give you the best part of a mountain bike ride - railing down a mint trail without the ride up. 





Southstar has 4 public shuttles buses providing a regular uplift service for mountain bikers in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest.

Scheduled Operation During Daylight Savings:

Scheduled Operation Outside Daylight Savings:

All Public Holidays except Christmas Day: 9:30-3:30pm
Crankworx Week: Mon-Sun, 9:30am-7:30pm
Jan, April Sept school holidays: 1pm-dark


The Rotorua shuttle initially departs from Waipa carpark off SH5 just south of Rotorua and after that picks up from the corner of Hill and Pipeline Roads every 10-15 mins (you'll need a trailmap or the Trailmapps app to find this intersection within the forest).


You don't need to book, just turn up at one of the pick-up points and purchase a ticket (with cash).
Private charters are also available with the 6 seater Landrover ($100/hr), 29 seater or 45 seater bus. To make a charter booking or get a weather update text/ call 0276543038 or contact us via Southstar Shuttles on Facebook. The general rule is if it's raining hard the shuttle isn't operating.


Ticket Prices

1 Uplift: $10
6 Uplifts shareable: $40
20 Uplifts shareable: $100
60 Uplifts (50 individual + 10 share) :$200
60 Uplifts shareable: $260
Trail Map: $15



Private Shuttles

As well as running the regular public MTB shuttle service in Whakarewarewa Forest, Southstar shuttles are available for private charters.
We have 4 vehicles available in different sizes. A typical Whakarewarewa Forest shuttle loop up to the top and back to the bottom of the hill takes 30mins. The trails from the shuttle drop off range in riding time from 6 minutes on the National Downhill track to up to an hour on some of the mellower options.




The Southstar Landrover is available for small group private bookings, with capacity for 1-6 passengers and up to 6 bikes. This is perfect for a mid-week booking, or if you have a group or family that wants to ride together. We can pick up and drop off from your accommodation in Rotorua and take you straight to the top of the best trails in Whaka Forest.

If the weather is good we can also take you to Rainbow Mountain or the Western Okataina Trail


TXT OR PHONE: 0276543038

EMAIL: info@southstaradventures.com
WEBSITE: www.southstaradventures.com