3. Rotorua, New Zealand
If paying for expensive biking permits has you balking, look no further than New Zealand which can cater to budget bikers looking for a dramatic change of scenery.
Nestled amidst the beautiful landscapes that have made New Zealand so famous, the trails of Rotorua offer diverse year-round entertainment for anyone with a modicum of riding skill and a desire to see one of the most beautiful countries in the world as it was meant to be seen — up close and personal.
One of the oldest biking networks in New Zealand is located in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest. With geography that includes volcanic soils, sketchy riding surfaces and varying topography, it is one of the world’s most famous destinations for mountain biking enthusiasts. The network of trails also caters to all levels, from rookies to families and bikers looking for a challenge.
And to help keep your mind off your burning muscles, there’ll be no shortage of picturesque views.