Skyline Rotorua launches off-peak MTB Gravity Park passes

Skyline Rotorua Skyline Rotorua’s Mountain Bike Gravity Park has only been open for two months, but it’s already seen hundreds of bikers take to the trails from around New Zealand and the globe.

The world’s first year-round, gondola accessed mountain bike park is a huge drawcard for locals and tourists on weekends and now new off-peak passes allow riders to enjoy the park from Monday to Friday, and save hundreds of dollars on a regular season pass.

Skyline Rotorua general manager Bruce Thomasen says the Monday-Friday option is an ideal way to get the most out of the longer daylight hours – and to avoid the queues.

“We’re really excited to launch these new off-peak passes which we know will appeal to locals who want to get in some riding after school or work. Feedback on the trails has been outstanding so far and we’ve even heard of out-of-towners changing their holiday plans to come and visit Rotorua to ride the new trails.

“A lot of half and full-day passes have already been sold as people test out the park before committing to a season pass of some kind.”

The off-peak pass starts at $249 for a three-month adult pass, $250 cheaper than a regular three-month pass (which allows riding seven days a week). The 12-month off-peak pass is $499 compared with the full-year $899 pass. Six month passes, along with student and child rates, are also available.

Off-peak and full season passes give riders gondola access to the trails, plus a whole lot of other great perks, including free walk-on gondola rides, mates’ rates for luge rides, buffet dinner and lunch and café purchases, souvenir shop purchases, as well as reduced gondola rates for family and friends.

The Gravity Park provides trails for most skill levels with 8.5km of trails braiding down the side of the mountain, including multi-grade features, a 300m jumps section, and international-grade slope style and downhill lines. Eleven (out of 33) dedicated gondolas each take four riders and their bikes to the top of Mt Ngongotaha where the trails start.

The trails include Simple Jack (Grade 2), Daywalker (Grade 3), Hipster (Grade 4), Sprint Warrior, Moss Piglet and Ten Fifty One (Grade 5), with more track developments to come with the completion of international race lines for the Crankworx Rotorua festival in March 2015.

The mountain bike park has full-time patrollers monitoring trails and providing advice and assistance as required.

For more information, and to purchase an off-peak or regular season pass, visit www.skyline.co.nz/rotorua